9 Easy Recipes to Pair with Soup!

Tracking PixelA collection of 9 Easy Recipes to Pair with Soup, all on the lighter side. Thank you to Progresso™ for sponsoring this post.

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Now that we have snow on the ground and have experienced sub-zero temperatures, it feels like a true Minnesota winter. This is the time of year soup was made for!  Especially after a fun holiday filled with cookies and treats, my body is craving foods with vegetables…and lots of them. Again…soup!

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So I turn to our pantry filled with my family’s favorite Progresso soups, made with wholesome, quality ingredients that I feel good about serving them. While we often enjoy soup on its own, here are a some of my favorite easy recipes (made healthier) to pair with soup!

Grilled Cheese

Of course! Grilled cheese and soup are a classic pairing, like peanut butter and jelly or chocolate.

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However, in an effort to keep meals healthier, I like to make my soup pairings lighter than a traditional grilled cheese. That is why I was so excited to discover a baked grilled cheese. Not only does a baked grilled cheese require less butter, but baking leaves my hands free to get more done (like cook the soup!) Easy peasy, and delicious!  Here are links to my favorite recipes:

Soup suggestions: Progresso™ Vegetable Classics Hearty Tomato or Progresso™ Vegetable Classics Tomato Basil


They are not much different than a grilled cheese sandwich, but quesadillas have become a recent favorite pairing with soup.

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I also enjoy quesadillas baked for a healthier, easier option. The possibilities for flavors of baked quesadillas are endless. Here are a couple of my favorites (one also happens to use soup as part of the filling):

Soup Suggestions: Progresso™ Vegetable Classics Southwest Style Corn with Potatoes and Peppers or Progresso™ Light Zesty Santa Fe Chicken

Quinoa Bites

In an effort to eat up leftovers, quinoa bites became an accidental soup pairing…but it just works! Must be all the cheese. 🙂

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Quinoa bites are a family favorite, and if I am lucky enough nab a couple before my family devours them, I love pairing quinoa bites with soup. Here are some of my favorite recipes for quinoa bites:

Soup Suggestions: Progresso™ Light Vegetable or Progresso™ Light Zesty Southwestern-Style Vegetable or Progresso™ Light Italian-Style Vegetable


For even more vegetables, I like to pair my soup with a simple tossed green salad using up whatever salad fixings I have on hand. Spinach, carrots, tomatoes and onions, sometimes sweet potatoes, black beans, cheese, sunflower seeds, dried cherries – a delicious salad can come together easily with very little effort. No recipe required!

Soup Suggestions: Progresso™ Light Italian Style Meatball or Progresso™ Light New England Clam Chowder


All this talk about pairings, what about the soup?! My pantry is always stocked with a variety of Progresso™ Ready-to-Eat soups for lunches or dinners.
9 Easy & Healthy Recipes to Pair with Soup! | alidaskitchen.com

Two of my go-to soups this winter season have been Vegetable Classics Minestrone and Vegetable Classics Tomato Rotini. Progresso™ has 40 delicious soups at 100 calories (or less) per serving and 20 Light soups at 100 calories (or less) per serving. There are also varieties that cater specifically to vegetarian and gluten-free diets.

9 Easy & Healthy Recipes to Pair with Soup! | alidaskitchen.com

Progresso™ Ready-to-Eat soups are made with quality ingredients in a wide variety of delicious flavor combinations that my family enjoys. They are warm, tasty comfort food packed with lots of vegetables. Perfect for lunch or anytime. I hope you enjoy these recipes that help promote a healthier lifestyle in the new year and beyond.

Question: What are your favorite soup pairings?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Progresso™.


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  1. Oh! I never think of pairing a quesadilla with soup!!

  2. Oh yes! I love the idea of a delicious grilled cheese with hot soup!

  3. We finally have snow and cold here – not happy about it, but we had a nice break for a while there 🙂 Love these ideas here!

  4. These are all such great ideas! I especially love the grilled cheese sandwich recipes you’ve linked to. I so need to try them all!

  5. I am so hungry right now – can I have one of each?!