9 Easy Toppers to Instantly Upgrade Your Soup

Make any bowl a little more special (and a lot more delicious!) by topping it with something tasty. Try one of the ideas from the categories below, or layer on a few to create a soup that really sings.
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Rich & Creamy

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Swirlable Dairy

Stir in a spoonful of yogurt, crème fraîche, or sour cream. If needed, thin with a little water to make it easier to swirl.

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Any Cheese

Choose a cheese that complements your soup. Think Parm with minestrone, or cheddar with cream of broccoli.

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A Little Oil

Looking for an alternative to dairy? A drizzle of EVOO adds a hit of richness and is particularly pretty on pureed soups.

Crispy & Crunchy

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Bready Things

A handful of croutons, pretty much any cracker, or even some diced toast will add a carby crunch.

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Toasted Nuts

Try pepitas on top of butternut squash soup, or slivered toasted almonds on your tomato soup.

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Choose A Chip

Crush a handful of tortilla chips over chowder, or double down with potato chips on potato soup.

Fresh & Bright

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Green Stuff

Try cilantro, parsley, or chives—or snag one of those little packs of super-flavorful microgreens and sprinkle them on.

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Thinly sliced rounds or slim matchsticks add color and bite. Pile on top of chicken noodle or tortilla soup, or add to a bowl of posole.

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Citrus Zest

An easy way to add some zing: Try lemon zest in your beef stew, or lime zest in any soup made with coconut milk.

This article originally appeared in our Harvest 2020 issue. Get the magazine here