If you’re wondering what to serve with your minestrone soup, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for minestrone soup.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with minestrone soup are cheesy garlic bread, sourdough cheese straws, kale caesar salad, homemade sausage, and brussel sprout slaw. Try crispy roasted potatoes, zucchini fries, or mozzarella sticks for some added crunch. Or blue cheese stuffed mushrooms if you want a starter.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Cheesy garlic pull-apart bread (crack bread)
Nothing will ever replace a classic like crusty garlic bread to pair with your minestrone soup.
But no one said you can’t take it up a notch.
Bring some fun to your dinner table with this cheesy garlic pull-apart bread.
Also known as crack bread, your guests can pull a section of the garlic bread off for themselves and watch as the cheese stretches on for miles.
Kale caesar salad
I’ll admit, I’m a little obsessed with Caesar salad.
But recently, I’ve been swooning over something slightly different.
A winterized kale Caesar salad with a moreish roasted garlic dressing and lots of salty parmesan.
The croutons add crunch, and the bacon bits add some smokiness (but you can omit them if you prefer).
Serve it alongside your minestrone for a light, but satisfying meal.
Minestrone soup is a celebration of vegetables.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t introduce some meat to the meal for extra protein (or tofu if you’re a vegetarian!).
You can serve the sausages mixed into the soup, or simply serve them alongside it.
Sausages are easy to pick up at the store, but if you’re a keen home chef why not learn to make your own?
Everyone’s tried dipping bread in soup.
But have you ever tried dipping mozzarella sticks in your soup?
The creamy cheese works well with the sharp, but sweet tomatoey flavors in minestrone soup. And the crisp outside adds some texture to the meal.
They’re great for freezing too, so you can make a big batch and save some for a rainy day.
Psst… for an upmarket version why not try some halloumi fries?
Crispy herb-roasted potatoes
Crispy and fluffy, these potatoes are ideal for mopping up every last drop of the thick and complex minestrone soup.
With fresh rosemary, garlic, and thyme, they’ve got enough flavor to stand out while also complementing the rich soup.
Is your mouth watering yet?
Try these crispy herb roasted-potatoes. They’re baked, not fried.
Arugula salad with lemon
If you want something fresh, light, and simple to serve with your minestrone, serve an arugula salad.
You can throw it together in a few minutes, so it’s perfect for a quick lunch or dinner.
It’s got peppery arugula and an acidic lemon dressing which will help balance the hearty flavors of the stew. Plus some pine nuts for crunch.
This arugula salad with lemon features six ingredients. It’s easy peasy.
Cheese and onion toasties
Grilled cheese and tomato soup is as common as sausage and mash.
Add some sweet, smokey caramelized onions to the mix and you have the perfect pairing for your minestrone soup.
Remember to save a few bites of the toastie to wipe the bowl clean after you’ve finished the soup!
These french onion soup toasties are the poshest grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve ever tasted.
Sourdough cheese straws
Minestrone soup has pretty much everything.
The only thing it’s missing is crunch.
And that’s where these sourdough cheese straws come in.
They’re much tastier than traditional breadsticks and have an irresistibly flaky texture.
Give this sourdough cheese straw recipe a try.
Psst… if you eat meat, add some bacon to the straws!
Blue cheese stuffed mushrooms
If you’re looking for a small snack to serve before the soup, I recommend these blue cheese stuffed mushrooms.
The salty blue cheese will whet your guests’ appetites for the main event (and they stick with the Italian theme).
You can make these stuffed mushrooms the night before, so they’re great if you’re planning a party and don’t want to spend the evening cooking.
Shaved brussel sprout slaw
Okay – enough cheese!
This is another salad that I think pairs really well with minestrone soup.
The brussel sprouts are slightly bitter, but you get enough sweetness coming through from the apple and the maple sauce in the dressing to counteract that.
A brussel sprout slaw will keep your meal feeling fresh and bright.
Try a side of focaccia bread with your minestrone soup.
It’s soft, fluffy, and airy, so it soaks up a lot more broth than a normal-style bread.
There are loads of different flavors too.
I like sun-dried tomato focaccia – but if you want something super simple follow this recipe for ridiculously easy focaccia bread. There’s only 10 minutes of hands-on prep!
Normally I serve my minestrone soup with a garnish of shaved parmesan.
But then I came across these baked parmesan crisps. They add the same saltiness to the dish, but with more texture.
And if you’re really short on time, you can even make these parmesan crisps in the microwave!
Make a big batch because you won’t want to stop snacking on them.
Healthy zucchini fries
Potato fries are a go-to side dish for most meals, but they’re not so great for the waistline.
Zucchini fries are the perfect healthy alternative.
Like your regular fries, zucchini fries are crispy on the outside and tender inside. They make the perfect dipping partner for a minestrone soup.
Sound exciting? This Gimmedelicious recipe uses an air fryer, so you don’t have to worry about deep frying.
The best side dishes for minestrone soup
- Cheesy garlic pull-apart bread (crack bread)
- Kale caesar salad
- Homemade sausage
- Mozzarella sticks
- Crispy herb-roasted potatoes
- Arugula salad with lemon
- Cheese and onion toasties
- Sourdough cheese straws
- Blue cheese stuffed mushrooms
- Shaved brussel sprout slaw
- Focaccia bread
- Parmesan crisp
- Healthy zucchini fries
What To Serve With Minestrone Soup
- 1 portion minestrone soup
- Prepare your minestrone soup according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: cheesy garlic pull-apart bread (crack bread), kale caesar salad, homemade sausage, mozzarella sticks, crispy herb-roasted potatoes, arugula salad with lemon, cheese and onion toasties, sourdough cheese straws, blue cheese stuffed mushrooms, shaved brussel sprout slaw, focaccia bread, parmesan crisp, and healthy zucchini fries.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!