Our Best Soup and Sandwich Combinations

Smoky tomato soup, fried grilled cheese, and so much more

Roast Chicken Pan Bagnat and French Onion Soup

Roast Chicken Pan Bagnat with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese
Roast Chicken Pan Bagnat with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese
This hearty twist on the classic Provençal pressed sandwich pan bagnat combines black olive tapenade, goat cheese, roasted chicken, and thinly sliced vegetables that pairs beautifully with onion soup. Get the recipe for Roast Chicken Pan Bagnat with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese »Matt Taylor-Gross
Michel Roux Onion Soup
Michel Roux's Onion Soup
A wholly French soup and sandwich pairing is incomplete without bread and onion soup. Michel Roux has the definitely fastest way to make it with a Normandy spin—adding a splash of cider and a whole lot of subtlety. Get the recipe for Michel Roux's Onion Soup »Matt Taylor-Gross

Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches and Hearty Tomato Soup

FRIED MOZZARELLA SANDWICHES
Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches
These crisp mini-sandwiches are deep-fried and filled with molten cheese. Half of a classic pairing with tomato soup. Get the recipe for Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches »Matt Taylor-Gross
Bread and Tomato Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)
Bread and Tomato Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)
This thick, porridgelike tomato soup is better to coat a fried mozzarella sandwich than the thinned versions normally served. A meal by itself, this hearty soup is also great way to start a morning. Get the recipe for Bread and Tomato Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro) »Zoe Schaeffer

Stromboli and Roasted Saffron Chicken Soup

Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Stromboli
Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Stromboli
Most stromboli recipes call for pizza dough, but the secret to the crispy crust on this baked roll is Italian bread dough. Get the recipe for Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Stromboli »Ingalls Photography
Roasted Chicken, Corn, and Saffron Soup
Roasted Chicken, Corn, and Saffron Soup
A hefty dose of saffron perfumes this corn-studded chicken noodle soup. Lighter soups like this pair with with the denser flavors of broccoli rabe in stromboli. Get the recipe for Roasted Chicken, Corn, and Saffron Soup »Matt Taylor-Gross

Classic Reubens With Matzo Ball Soup

Reuben Sandwich
The Original Reuben Sandwich
Pressing down on this sandwich with a spatula while it toasts in the pan is the key to achieving the outer crispness and well-melted cheese that you want in a Reuben. Pile the meat on generously but not more than an inch or two thick or else the interior won't get sufficiently warmed.Matt Taylor-Gross
Aunt Gillie's Matzo Ball Soup
Aunt Gillie's Matzo Ball Soup
Chicken soup may or may not be a cure-all for physical and psychic ills, but if you add a few matzo balls it definitely becomes a deli classic. Light floaty dumplings in an equally light broth let the strong flavors of a Reuben sandwich really shine. Get the recipe for Aunt Gillie's Matzo Ball Soup »Laura Sant

Rustic Roman Braised Beef Sandwiches and Mushroom Onion Soup

Braised beef sandwich
Braised Beef Sandwich
Beloved throughout modern trattorias and osterias in Rome, this simple, rustic dish of shredded beef braised in tomatoes and onions make a great stew and a fantastic sandwich filling. Get the recipe for Braised Beef Sandwich »Matt Taylor-Gross
Onion Fennel and Mushroom Soup
Onion Fennel and Mushroom Soup
Rustic sandwiches need equally rustic soups. A variety of mushrooms gives nuance to this hearty vegetarian soup. Any assortment of fresh mushrooms will work and you can change those flavorful notes by switching up the combination each time you make it. Get the recipe Onion Fennel and Mushroom Soup »Farideh Sadeghin

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese and Smoked Tomato Combo

Kumru
Turkish Grilled Cheese
This specialty of Çesme, a small beach town in Turkey, is one of the world's great grilled cheese sandwiches, in which the cheese itself is grilled before getting slipped into toasted bread with raw tomato and optional (but highly recommended) toppings of griddled sausage and pickled cucumbers and chiles. Get the recipe for Turkish Grilled Cheese »Matt Taylor-Gross
Smoked Tomato Soup
Smoked Tomato Soup
In this twist on the classic comforting soup, tomatoes are smoked on the stove top before being reduced with red wine and puréed. The smokier taste to this soup compliments grilled sausage well in the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich—the Kumru. Get the recipe for Smoked Tomato Soup »James Roper

Schnitzel and Creamy Chilled Potato Soup

Pork Schnitzel Sandwich
Pork Schnitzel Sandwich
Capers and mustard cut through the richness in this satisfying pork sandwich. Get the recipe for Pork Schnitzel Sandwich »Farideh Sadeghin
Chilled Mexican Potato and Leek Soup (Sopa de Poro y Papa)
Chilled Mexican Potato and Leek Soup (Sopa de Poro y Papa)
This creamy, rich soup is a great option besides the usual mash to pair with schnitzel sandwiches. Get the recipe for Chilled Mexican Potato and Leek Soup (Sopa de Poro y Papa) »Joseph De Leo

Double Dose of Crab

Crab Sandwich
Softshell Crab Sandwich with Slaw
A crisp collard slaw and tangy tartar and cocktail sauces top pan-fried softshell crabs in this classic sandwich. Get the recipe for Softshell Crab Sandwich with Slaw »Matt Taylor-Gross
Maryland Ying Yang Crab Soup
Maryland Ying Yang Crab Soup
Lightened with vegetables, ying yang soup gives a double dose of briny crab flavor to softshell sandwiches. Get the recipe for Maryland Ying Yang Crab Soup »Farideh Sadeghin

Carnitas and Tortilla Soup

Carnitas Tacos (Michoacán-Style Braised Pork Tacos)
Carnitas Tacos (Michoacán-Style Braised Pork Tacos)
Although not strictly a sandwich, add a bit of jalapeño pickling liquid to the pork braise for these tacos, which tenderizes the meat and keeps it from drying out. Then have them with creamy tortilla soup. Get the recipe for Carnitas Tacos »Dylan + Jeni
Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca)
Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca)
This simple pasilla chile- and tomato-based soup is ladled onto tortilla chips and topped with creamy avocado, jack cheese, and tangy Mexican crema that adds a creamier texture to pickle-braised pork tacos. Get the recipe for Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca) »Farideh Sadeghin

Pork Belly Gyro and Chilled Yogurt Soup

Pork Belly Gyro
Pork Belly Gyro
Thick cuts of juicy pork belly slide in between cold vegetables in this rich gyro. Get the recipe for Pork Belly Gyro »Joseph De Leo
Yogurt and Chickpea Soup
Chilled Yogurt and Chickpea Soup
Packed with green lentils, wheat berries, and black-eyed peas, this filling, tangy soup is brightened with handfuls of fresh parsley and mint. The yogurt helps to cut the richness of fatty pork belly gyros. Get the recipe for Chilled Yogurt and Chickpea Soup »Cem Talu

Lobster Rolls and Clam Chowder

Brown Butter Lobster Roll
Brown Butter Lobster Roll
A simple mix of brown butter, lemon juice, and salt gives this lobster roll a warm, nutty flavor. Brown Butter Lobster RollFarideh Sadeghin
Manhattan Clam Chowder
Manhattan Clam Chowder
The briny, classic Manhattan-style chowder is made with two types of clams and plenty of tomato. Perfect for adding a briny helping to browned butter in lobster rolls. Get the recipe for Manhattan Clam Chowder »Matt Taylor-Gross

Cuban-Style Medianoche and Stew

Medianoche
Cuban Medianoche Sandwich
With roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles, it's almost identical to a Cuban sandwich, save for the bread, a sweet egg load that's similar to challah. Get the recipe for Cuban Medianoche Sandwich »Farideh Sadeghin
Cuban-Style Chicken Stew (Fricasé de Pollo)
Cuban-Style Chicken Stew (Fricasé de Pollo)
This soup draws flavor from alcaparrado, a mix of pimento-stuffed olives and capers, and sweetness from raisins and along with the medianoche, makes a hearty Cuban-inspired meal.Andre Baranowski