13 Easy Garnishes to Put Your Soup Over the Top

By TBSP Jake
Created March 21, 2017
13 easy soup garnishes to add to your soups and put them over the top. MORE+ LESS-

No more naked soups. Go for these warm and wonderful creations, each with a topping that blows it out of the bowl.

The winter’s most welcome meal? Hands down, it’s soup: The simplest way to satisfy a crowd or just please yourself. 

But simple doesn’t have to mean boring. Even the most spectacular soup needs something to push it toward perfection. That thing is a great garnish.

Don’t believe us? Survey our sprinkling of beautiful bowls and prepare to top yourself!


1. 30 Minute Beer Cheese Soup

The Soup: The classic with a creamy texture and cheesy, buttery finish.

The Garnish: Popcorn for a festive finishing crunch (washed down with beer, naturally).


2. Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup

The Soup: Start with that cold-weather standby, a simple tomato soup.

The Garnish: Take it up a notch with Monterey Jack cubes and croutons. Like a cheesy grilled sandwich in a bowl!

3. Slow Cooker Curried Squash Soup

The Soup: A mellow combination of curry and butternut squash (made way easy in the crock pot).

The Garnish: Chopped apples for a hint of sweetness and crunch. Hearty meets healthy.

4. Pumpkin Coconut Soup

The Soup: Loosely based on a Thai recipe called Tom Yum, this fresh-tasting soup is sweet, sour and spicy.

The Garnish: Toasted pumpkin seeds, bread crumbs and basil. Incredible.


5. Philly Cheese Steak Onion Soup

The Soup: A twist on old-fashioned French Onion, with beef and mushrooms.

The Garnish: Finish this sandwich-in-a-bowl with a slice of French bread and provolone cheese, made toasty and bubbling in the broiler.


6. Enchilada Soup

The Soup: A Nuevo Mexican fave with chicken, chilies, enchilada sauce and corn.

The Garnish: Finished with cheese, cilantro and tortilla chips. Delicioso!


7. Loaded Baked Potato Soup

The Soup: Potatoes, bacon and ham in one hearty, creamy bowl. What’s not to love?

The Garnish: Sprinkle with bacon (yes, more bacon), cheese and green onions for a colorful touch.


8. Slow Cooker Indian Curried Cauliflower Soup

The Soup: The name says it all — savory cauliflower and Indian curry, blended and slow-cooked to perfection.

The Garnish: A pan-fried mix of berries, nuts, sugar and spices known as a “streusel.” German for “killer garnish.”


9. Slow Cooker Beefy French Onion Soup

The Soup: Another fab variation on French Onion, this time with a beef stew kick.

The Garnish: Toast topped with melted Swiss cheese (make some extra slices to soak up all this goodness).


10. Very Green Broccoli Soup

The Soup: Broccoli and spinach blended with garlic and chicken broth.

The Garnish: Top it with a sprinkle of Gremolata, a/k/a bread crumbs, chopped parsley and pine nuts. Mmmmm.


11. Sweet Potato Peanut Soup with Ham Croutons

The Soup: A rich and creamy mix of savory flavors: Sweet potatoes and peanuts.

The Garnish: Ham croutons! With rosemary sprigs! Holy flavor bomb!


12. Beef and Onion Soup with Cheesy Biscuit Croutons

The Soup: A heavenly combination of ground beef, rich broth and onions.

The Garnish: Here’s the magic part — cheesy biscuit croutons that melt in your soup just before melting in your mouth.


13. Spicy Cheeseburger Soup

The Soup: A deliciously spicy beef and cheese made simple in the slow cooker.

The Garnish: Onion, lettuce, tomatoes, dill pickles — in other words, with everything on it.


Got garnish? Let the bowl games begin!