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Here are 25+ of the best side dishes to serve with your Navy Bean Soup! There’s something about a steaming bowl of Ham and Bean Soup that just hits the spot, right? But hey, why stop there? Pairing it with the perfect sides can turn a simple meal into a flavor-packed feast. Whether it’s a laid-back family dinner or a solo craving for comfort food on a rainy day, finding the ideal companions for your soup can take it from tasty to downright delicious. Let’s dive into some awesome side dishes and additions that’ll jazz up your ham and beans game!
Navy Bean soup is the ultimate comfort food hug in a bowl. If you had a ham dinner and you’re about to throw out your leftover ham bone, please don’t! You can use it to make this hearty concoction that marries the smoky, savory essence of ham with the wholesome goodness of tender beans. It’s a cozy, comforting mix that’s perfect for those chilly nights or when you just need some serious comfort food. Whether it’s from grandma’s secret recipe or a find at your local diner, navy bean soup is the definition of a feel-good, belly-warming meal. Here are some easy sides that you can serve with this hearty soup to take it to the next level!
What To Serve With Navy Bean Soup (25+ Side Ideas!)
Garlic and Herb Pull Apart Biscuits: These Garlic and Herb Pull Apart Biscuits are buttery, cheesy and oh so tasty! These are the perfect accompaniment to your ham and beans.
Toasted French Bread: Toasted French bread is a crispy, golden delight that adds a satisfying crunch and a hint of buttery warmth to any meal. Any kind of crusty bread would be the perfect pairing for this soup!
Cornbread: Fluffy, buttery, moist and easy, this homemade Cornbread Recipe is the perfect addition to your family dinner table, especially with a bowl of soup!
Garlic Bread: Did someone say Garlic Bread? Oh, mama, have I got the ultimate homemade Garlic Bread Recipe that the whole family will love! If you want something more fancy you can try this Hasselback Garlic Bread or Cheesy Pull Apart Garlic Bread.
Gluten-Free Cheddar Bay Biscuits: If you love cheddar cheese and biscuits, you should definitely try out this recipe! This is a great option if you’re looking for a gluten-free side!
Focaccia: A slightly crunchy outside with a warm soft inside, this is Focaccia bread. Made with rosemary, salt, and olive oil, the flavors are irresistible, not to mention, it is so easy to make.
Dinner Rolls: These classic Dinner Rolls are sure to be the best sidekick to any holiday or family dinner. Soft, light and pillowy, these rolls are made with all-purpose flour and honey, perfect for any meal!
Crescent Rolls: These Crescent Rolls are simple enough to make any weekday but fancy enough for any holiday. This is such an easy recipe and it requires ZERO KNEADING! It’s a perfect, buttery roll that tastes simply amazing!
Biscuits: So buttery and delicious, these Drop Biscuits will blow your mind! Or you can try these light & fluffy Angel Biscuits. They are half-biscuit, half-roll! Seriously, the best of both worlds in one tasty package. AND, they are so darn easy to make.
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls: This is a pumpkin bread dough, formed into rolls, wrapped in string to form that pumpkin shape and baked to golden perfection.
Kale Salad: This Kale Salad is healthy and super easy to toss together! Use ingredients you already have and you’ll make a delicious salad in no time. This is a great way to make use of some of those fresh veggies you have laying around the kitchen!
Italian Pasta Salad: This Italian Pasta Salad is a delicious side dish that has it all! Tender pasta, salty pepperoni, cubed mozzarella, lots of diced veggies and a homemade olive oil and garlic dressing.
Roasted Vegetables: Roast the vegetable of your choice and you’ll have a great side dish! My favorites during the colder months are Acorn Squash, Brussels Sprouts and Root Vegetables. This is the best way to add some more color to your meals. I also love sprinkling some parmesan cheese over my roasted veggies for a little bit of extra flavor!
Collard Greens: Collard greens, with their hearty leaves and earthy flavor, are a Southern staple that brings a delightful touch of robustness and a hint of sweetness to any meal.
Butter Rice: Rice is always the perfect dish, you can serve it with almost anything and it goes well. My famous Butter Rice is seriously the best, so make sure you try it out!
Cheese: A cheese platter or a simple cheese board with varieties like cheddar, Gouda, or Swiss can complement the soup nicely.
Crackers or Breadsticks: If you prefer something lighter, a selection of crackers or breadsticks can be a simple yet enjoyable accompaniment.
Crostini: Toasted baguette slices brushed with olive oil and garlic can be served as a crunchy side to complement the soup.
Spanish Puff Pastry Pinwheels: Spanish Puff Pastry Pinwheels are an easy and delicious appetizer, filled with lots of Spanish chorizo and manchego cheese.
Frittata: This simple dish is usually eaten for breakfast but it makes a easy side dish to serve alongside your soup as well! recipe to make for breakfast!
Quiche: This Easy Quiche Recipe is made with Chicken Sausage and Asparagus and turns out effortlessly gorgeous as well as so so tasty!
Stuffed Peppers: Roasted or grilled bell peppers stuffed with a mixture of rice, ground meat, and vegetables can complement the soup wonderfully. If this sounds good to you, try out my Chicken & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers recipe!
Baked Sweet Potatoes: These Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes (with a walnut streusel) are a delicious new way to enjoy sweet potatoes this holiday season! The sweet flavor makes this a wonderful side dish to go with the savory soup.
Green Bean Casserole: This creamy, crispy, bacon loaded Green Bean Casserole is everything you need and more in a side dish for your perfect Thanksgiving or holiday table this year. It’s simply the best recipe, made from scratch!
Sweet Potato Fries: Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are a quick and easy way to get some real tasty fries! Cook them to perfection and then dip into your favorite sauce.
As you gather around the table with a steaming bowl of Navy Bean Soup, the options for sides to accompany this comforting dish are endless. From the simplicity of a toasted slice of French bread to the freshness of a crisp garden salad, each pairing brings its own charm to the meal. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and try something new—after all, the best part of this meal isn’t just the soup itself, but the fun of discovering what makes it even better. So, grab your favorites, get cozy, and enjoy every spoonful of this comforting soup with sides that make it a true feast!
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