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12 Unique soup add-ins

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Liven up your soup!

Add fun and creativity to ordinary soup with these ideas for special add-ins.

Soup doesn't have to be boring! Add some texture and crunch to your next soup meal with these flavorful add-ins.


Homemade croutons

Liven up your soup!

Homemade croutons are simple to make and also a great way to recycle stale bread. Add some crunch to your next bowl of soup with this easy recipe for homemade croutons.

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Liven up your soup!

Rice makes just about any soup heartier. Dress up your soup by adding in your leftover rice. This rustic winter rice pilaf recipe would be a perfect addition!

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Bacon pieces

Liven up your soup!

Everything's better with bacon! Add crumbled bacon to your soup for a hearty change of pace.


Cheese, please

Liven up your soup!

Grated Parmesan cheese or shredded cheddar cheese is the perfect add-in for most soups. Kick it up a notch by adding spicy Monterey Jack cheese.



Liven up your soup!

Take your ordinary soup to extraordinary levels by adding basil, chives, dill, thyme or rosemary. Use your imagination!



Liven up your soup!

Got leftover meat from last night's dinner? Dress up your soup and recycle your leftovers at the same time.



Liven up your soup!

Leftover or canned vegetables stretch your soup even farther. Add green beans, carrots, okra or squash to canned vegetable beef soup. Get creative!



Liven up your soup!

Give your soup more substance by adding cooked pasta such as brown rice, linguine or shells.


Mashed potatoes

Liven up your soup!

Is your soup too watery? Thicken things up by stirring creamy mashed potatoes into otherwise thin soup.


Garlic sauce

Liven up your soup!

Keep this homemade roasted garlic sauce on hand to spice up a variety of foods, including otherwise bland soup. It's also great on pasta and vegetables!

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Bread bowls

Liven up your soup!

Add an edible bowl to your soup for a more filling meal. Liven it up even more with this recipe for octopus- and penguin-shaped bread bowls. Your kids will love them, too!

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Liven up your soup!

Add a sliced or chopped hard-boiled egg for a flavorful protein addition to ordinary soup.

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