On a cold day, a bowl of soup warms us from the inside out. Thick chowders rich with seafood, silky bisques with tomato or lobster, a savory pho or ramen—soup is the ultimate in comfort food. Although they can be light or hearty, soups are always satisfying, especially when paired with a favorite sandwich. Classic couplings like grilled cheese with tomato soup call out for modern reinventions, such as a grilled pimento and cheese sandwich with tasso ham, partnered with a gumbo-style chicken and vegetable soup.
Although they can be light or hearty, soups are always satisfying, especially when paired with a favorite sandwich. When we asked seven Sysco chefs from across the country for their own original soup-and-sandwich pairings, they drew upon their backgrounds and regional cuisines, as well as their own ingenuity. Chef Nate Luce, in the heartland of Minnesota, created a silky Chicken and Wild Rice Soup with an updated BLT made with Tomato-Bacon Jam and Brussels sprout leaves. Chef Peter Ecker of Sysco Winnipeg created a Thai-style tomato and coconut bisque with crispy cheese-stuffed wontons, topped with tempura shrimp for added Asian flair.