Imagine this: it's a cold winter's night, you've had a long day, and all you want is to sit down to a warm dinner with your fuzzy socks on.
What "warm dinner" came to mind?
If you said a big pot of warm soup, you and I speak the same language!
I firmly believe there are few things better than a big bowl of soup with a crisp salad and crusty bread on the side.
This applies to potato soup, tomato soup, chili, or even chicken noodle soup!
BUT. Switching things up from time to time keeps dinnertime exciting and adventurous.
So, whether you're looking for a new great side dish or a hearty main dish to serve with your potato soup, I got you covered!
First of all, it's easily a one pot meal, which means less prep and less dishes. Everybody wins!
Potato soups are also made with simple ingredients even picky eaters will love, so it's an easy way to get dinner on the table without fighting about it.
Paired with an excellent side dish, potato soup can be a hearty meal that will feed an entire family.
Lastly, potatoes are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, and antioxidants.
I couldn't write a blog post about what to eat with potato soup and not share my own healthy potato soup recipe!
It's not just a creamy soup made from potatoes, though.
It's a loaded baked potato soup recipe with all the classic toppings like cheddar cheese, green onions, crispy bacon, greek yogurt, and lots of black pepper.
Oh, and the best part? There are speckles of sautéed bacon IN THE SOUP.
(Talk about the ultimate comfort food right there 🤤)
Sooooo it's pretty obvious you need this recipe in your winter menu rotation! Especially if you're planning a dinner party or special occasion.
And once you pick a day to make loaded potato soup, choose from all the ideas below of what to serve with potato soup!
If you type "potato soup" in Google, most of the top results are for a loaded baked potato soup.
However, there are so many different kinds of potato soup!
(Good news, no matter which potato soup you make, all of the ideas in this blog post will go well with it!)
Some of the common types of potato soup are:
Other soups like beef stew or a sausage and kale soup have lots of potatoes, but potatoes aren't the main ingredient.
This depends on the recipe, but in general, here are some basic kitchen tools and appliances you might need for potato soup:
This is just a simple overview of how to make a traditional potato soup recipe.
For the full instructions to make my loaded baked potato soup, click here!
Add diced potatoes to a large pot of cold water. Bring to a boil and cook for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.
Drain the potatoes and set them aside.
In the same pot, heat two tablespoons of olive oil or butter and add diced onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. Sauté over medium heat until the veggies are soft and fragrant.
If you don't have any melted butter left over, melt another tablespoon of butter now.
Sprinkle two tablespoons flour (or one tablespoon cornstarch) over the butter and veggies and toss to combine.
Whisk in milk 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until well combined and slightly thickened.
Finally, pour in the chicken broth, seasonings, and potatoes. Stir to combine.
Simmer for 20-30 minutes until slightly thickened. If you'd like a thicker soup, make a quick cornstarch slurry and stir into the soup over medium heat until your soup reaches the desired consistency.
Portion out the soup into 6-8 bowls and top with fresh cracked black pepper. Enjoy!
Since potato soup is a hearty soup, it can be the main course or a delicious side dish to something else.
Either way, I got you covered!
Here are are some of the best things to eat with potato soup:
If you're using potato soup as a side dish, you need a winning main dish to go with it.
Here are some delicious recipes to serve with potato soup:
1) Air Fryer Salmon: one of my all time favorite recipes. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and all the B vitamins. Don't worry about the sides with this recipe, just make this air fryer salmon!
2) Carne Asada Quesadillas: kind of like a grilled-cheese-dipped-in-soup situation but add grilled steak and some spices. Even if you don't want to dip the quesadilla in the soup, it would still taste so good in the same meal!
3) Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Nuggets: a sweet and salty combo with a huge boost of protein. It's a great way to round out the creamy and savory flavors of the soup! This recipe also has roasted red potatoes to go along with it, so swap out the potatoes for more Brussels sprouts and you're golden.
4) Philly Cheesesteak Skillet: a quick 20 minute dinner packed with protein and an extra savory sauce. You can eat your Philly cheesesteak as is or serve it on a hoagie bun. Either way, it's a great option for potato soup!
5) Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bowls: fire grilled chicken, fluffy quinoa, and tons of fresh veggies all generously topped with parmesan. This amazing dinner only needs 5 ingredients and 30 minutes of your time.
6) Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole: made with cauliflower rice, shredded chicken, cream cheese, turkey bacon, and green onions, this fan favorite dinner recipe shares many of the same flavors as the soup but in a different and delicious way.
7) Baked Buffalo Chicken Nuggets: homemade chicken nuggets with a little bit of heat. Not traditional but you won't regret these buffalo nuggets!
8) BLT Chicken Burgers: since there's bacon in the soup, it's only right that the main dish have bacon too! These BLT chicken burgers are a crowd favorite and a great pair with loaded potato soup.
9) Pepperoni Chicken Parmesan: chicken breasts dredged in pizza flavored cheese puffs and topped with turkey pepperoni, then baked in the oven until crispy. This fun parmesan chicken recipe will make the entire dinner party happy!
10) Chicken Caprese Grilled Cheese Melt: why have a regular grilled cheese sandwich when you could also have grilled chicken, fresh tomatoes, homemade pesto, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar too? Grab the recipe for this incredible grilled cheese recipe here.
11) Best Ever Homemade Spaghetti Sauce: made with lean ground beef and 6 different vegetables, this spaghetti sauce will rock your world. Pair with your favorite pasta and your potato soup and you've got a complete meal right there!
12) BLT Chicken Ranch Casserole: a light dinner with bold flavors and hardly any prep work. This casserole is a great option if you don't want too much food with your potato soup.
13) Sheet Pan Chicken Cordon Bleu: one of my favorite easy recipes. The chicken cordon bleu is made entirely from scratch and only needs a sheet pan to cook. Best of all, it's also served with roasted vegetables, so you get two in one!
14) Crockpot Ham: an easy way to throw together a holiday dinner or an easy meal for busy weeknights. This recipe requires almost no effort and turns out wonderful for dinner with the perfect glaze and all!
15) Roast Beef Sandwich: a savory meat sandwich to compliment the creamy soup. If you're not a fan of roast beef, you could always do a simple ham sandwich, too.
16) Roast chicken: with crispy skin and roasted herbs, of course. The dark meat from chicken legs or thighs is a great combo with the creamy texture of potato soup.
Since there are so many different ways to make a perfect meal, I picked the best side dishes below that would go well with potato soup:
17) Roasted Cinnamon Maple Brussels Sprouts: an embarrassingly easy recipe packed with all the cozy fall flavors like cinnamon and maple syrup. If you want an extra caramelization on the sprouts, add some brown sugar to the mix! Grab the recipe here.
18) Fresh vegetables: whether you like them raw, steamed, or roasted, a side of vegetables is always a great idea. Some of my favorites are broccolini, green beans, carrots, and asparagus.
19) Gochujang Butternut Squash: an easy 5-ingredient Gochujang Butternut Squash recipe that is bursting with flavour. The hardest thing about this roasted Korean butternut squash recipe is cutting the squash!
20) Roasted Peanut Chaat: a spicy side dish made with roasted peanuts tossed with veggies and spices. It is perfect quick snack that anyone can make, and it has a peanut crunch, flavour of spices, and tanginess of lemon juice all in one. Grab the recipe here.
21) Homemade Baked Beans (sugar free!): one of the most popular recipes on my blog, these healthy baked beans are made entirely in one pot without any added or refined sugars. It's by far my favorite side dish and would go perfectly with a bowl of creamy potato soup.
Any of these hearty salad recipes could be served as the main dish or a side dish.
Either way, each salad is full of flavor and super easy to make.
22) Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad: a fun twist on the classic Caesar salad made with shredded Brussels sprouts, quinoa, dried cranberries, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese. Besides, a good Caesar salad is an iconic pair with a cheesy potato soup, so you'll love this recipe!
23) Roasted Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Feta Cheese: my all time favorite salad. It is a warm salad, but the char on the broccoli and the extra savory vinaigrette is unbeatable. You have to make this simple salad! Grab the recipe here.
24) Raspberry Almond Arugula Salad: although the flavors are a bit more fresh and reminiscent of spring, this amazing arugula salad has grilled chicken sprinkled with lemon juice, fresh raspberries, sliced almonds, and feta cheese with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. You will love it!
25) Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad: no leafy greens here! Just some fresh fruit with feta cheese and black pepper. This is an exclusive recipe in my second cookbook! Use the code MAMA10 for 10% off your order!
26) Strawberry Spinach Salad: another exclusive recipe of mine in my first cookbook. The natural sugars in the strawberries with the tangy red onions, crunch almonds, and creamy feta cheese are just what your palate needs after a hearty bowl of potato soup.
The tried-and-true companion for a simple soup.
Whether you prefer a soft dinner roll or a toasted baguette, each of these bread recipes are a great choice for serving with potato soup.
27) Everything Bagel Dinner Rolls: my husband's favorite bread recipe (besides this one). These homemade dinner rolls take 90 minutes start to finish and are topped with melted butter and Everything seasoning. You will love them!
28) Pretzel rolls: just grab some store-bought pretzel rolls (or make these burgers with a pretzel bun!) and you've got a fun, salty twist on the classic dinner roll for your soup. You could also try German Pretzel Sticks, but those aren't quite as healthy.
29) Buttermilk Rye Rolls: these German rolls are made with buttermilk and rye flour. This makes them soft and fluffy, perfect for dipping in soup!
30) German Sour Cream Rolls: If you are in the mood for some fresh rolls which can be ready to eat in 1 hour, then you should try this German Sour Cream Rolls recipe right away. These rolls have a wonderful crispy crust and a soft and moist texture.
31) Angel Biscuits: a classic bread recipe for soups. They're buttery and flakey and everything you could want in a roll. My friend Liz has a great recipe on her blog That Skinny Chick Can Bake!
32) Bruschetta: if you’ve ever wondered how to make tomato bruschetta, look no further – this recipe is super quick and easy to make, and it’s the bomb!
33) Garlic bread: all you need is a loaf of French bread, your favorite butter, garlic powder, and fresh herbs. It's so easy to throw together and everyone will love it!
34) Sourdough bread: a healthy bread that feeds the good bacteria in your gut AND has an amazing flavor. Just grab a loaf from the store and you're set!
35) Brazilian cheese bread: a chewy bread stuffed with melted cheese. If you've never had it before, this is a great chance to try it!
36) Mini Pigs in a Blanket: a crowd favorite made easier, healthier, and smaller! This recipe for pigs in a blanket is a great way to get the kids involved in helping with dinner.
37) Instant Pot BBQ Meatballs: a family favorite during the holidays. These cocktail meatballs are so easy to make and quickly add protein to your meal, too.
38) Pear Brie Salad Skewers: I saw these on Pinterest and knew they had to make the list. They look so delicious and they're made with healthy, wholesome ingredients, too. Grab the recipe here!
39) Goat cheese with Honey and Pistachios: all of my favorite winter flavors wrapped into one amazing appetizer. Since most soups call for crackers for dipping, this recipe is another fun way to enjoy your favorite crackers!
40) Caramelized Onion Gorgonzola Steak Bites: my mouth was literally drooling when I saw this recipe. The title along should be enough to convince you to make this alongside your potato soup!
Technically dessert doesn't go with the meal but everyone loves a good sweet treat after dinner, right?
Here are some of my favorite healthy sweets to have on hand after a bowl of potato soup:
41) BEST Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Pizookie: it's ranked # 1 on Google for a reason! This skillet cookie has puddles of dark chocolate chips in a buttery cookie base. Grab the recipe here!
42) Healthy Dirt Cups: a fun treat to make for the kids with no refined sugar and 15 grams of protein per serving, too! You'll love this healthier version of oreo dirt cups.
43) Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies: one of my all time favorite cookies. They're thin and crispy with the cutest rainbow chocolate chips. The kids will love these cookies!
44) Mini Raspberry Cheesecake Trifles: so cute, so fun, and secretly healthy. Plus, these mini trifles are a no bake treat ready in less than 30 minutes!
45) The BEST Healthy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: these chocolate chip cookies went viral on Instagram last year and they're still one of my reader favorites. Each cookie is dairy free and made with 70% less sugar than regular cookies but still have crispy edges and a chewy center.
Healthy Potato Salad (no mayo!)
Healthy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (3 ways!)
White Cheddar Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole (no marshmallows!)
The BEST Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies
I hope you found a new main dish or a few delicious sides to try with your delicious potato soup recipe. I certainly did!
I'd love to know your thoughts about this post! Leave a comment below if you have any suggestions or reviews so other readers know if this was helpful to you.
Every creamy potato soup needs the perfect side dish, so here are 45 foods to eat with potato soup! Choose from main dishes, side dishes, salads, breads, and appetizers. Each recipe is easy to make, healthy, delicious, and kid friendly.
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