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!
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Soup: A Nuevo Mexican fave with chicken, chilies, enchilada sauce and corn.
The Garnish: Finished with cheese, cilantro and tortilla chips. Delicioso!
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.
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.”
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).
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.
The Soup: A rich and creamy mix of savory flavors: Sweet potatoes and peanuts.
The Garnish: Ham croutons! With rosemary sprigs! Holy flavor bomb!
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.
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!