Carrot Soup
It doesn’t take much to turn a bowl of carrot soup into something glamorous. Here, a swirl of heavy cream, a parsley spring and some gourmet flatbread (“croccantini”)from La Panzanella do the trick. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.



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February 2009

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Soup Garnishes

Make Homemade Or Prepared Soup Better With These Serving Suggestions


CAPSULE REPORT: Turn that bowl of soup into something truly exciting with these ideas from Kettle Cuisine, America’s leading brand of premium soups, including vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free and certified organic soups. Find them in the freezer section (see all the varieties at This is Page 1 of three pages of soup garnish suggestions. Click on the black links below to visit other pages. Find garnish ideas for other types of food in our article, Garnish Glamour.


Take a minute to garnish, and a bowl of soup will never be “just a bowl of soup” again. Just use one or more of these garnish groups, mixing and matching as appropriate for the recipe:

  • Bread: Artisan bread, crackers, croutons, flatbread, pita, toasts
  • Dairy: Crème fraîche, grated/shaved cheese, heavy cream, sour cream, yogurt, quark
  • Herbs & Spices: Fresh herbs taste best, but dried herbs as a backup
  • Fruit: Apple slices, dried berries and cherries, fresh berries, grapes, lemon and lime slices, melon balls, pear slices, diced pineapple
  • Vegetables: Cooked or raw to match the soup, e.g. a broccoli floret or carrot slice atop broccoli or carrot soup

If you have a favorite soup garnish, let us know. You may see it published here.

Pick Your Soup:

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Black Bean Soup

  • Top with a dollop of guacamole and sour cream and a teaspoon of chopped jalapeño chiles
  • Top with a slice of hard boiled egg or chopped hard boiled egg, thin slices of lime and chopped cilantro

Butternut Squash Soup

  • Top with a spoonful of plain yogurt, crème fraîche or unsweetened whipped cream
  • Garnish with very thin slices of red apple, raw or grilled

Carrot Soup

  • Top with toasted, slivered almonds, chopped hazelnuts, fresh-snipped chivesor candied ginger
  • Garnish with fresh plain yogurt or creme fraîche (and nuts, chives or ginger, too)

Chicken Tortilla Soup


  • Serve over rice
  • Serve with some or all of these toppings: shredded lettuce, diced
    tomatoes, grated Cheddar or Jack cheese, sour cream and crumbled tortilla chips
  • Bake in a shallow dish topped with cheese and serve with whole chips

Corn ChowderCorn Chowder

  • Top with chopped fresh parsley or chives
  • Add meat with a topping of pulled pork, crumbled bacon or shredded BBQ chicken
  • Serve with grilled shrimp or scallops
  • Serve in a deep soup dish lined with grilled or fried thin-sliced bread
  • Garnish with shredded Cheddar cheese and sour cream
  • Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley or chives and finely diced and seeded red bell pepper
  • Serve with regular or jalapeño cornbread

    Photo: Corn chowder garnished with shrimp, courtesy of Kettle Cuisine.

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