What Goes With Lasagna? (6 Great Side Dishes)


If you’re like me, you love a good lasagna. It’s savory, it’s filling, and it’s the perfect comfort food. But let’s be real – lasagna can be a little boring on its own.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll happily eat a big ol’ slice of lasagna any day of the week. But sometimes I like to mix things up and add some side dishes to my meal to make it a little more interesting (and be able to save more of the lasagna for later!).

But what goes with lasagna, you ask? Well, don’t worry. I’ve scoured the internet and taste-tested (read: devoured) a ton of side dishes over the years to bring you the ultimate list of what goes with lasagna.

There are many dishes that go well with lasagna, such as:

  1. Salad: A simple green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing can provide a refreshing contrast to the rich, savory flavors of lasagna.
  2. Garlic bread: Garlic bread is a classic side dish for lasagna, and it’s easy to make at home by spreading butter and minced garlic on sliced bread and toasting it in the oven.
  3. Roasted vegetables: Roasted vegetables, such as zucchini, bell peppers, and eggplant, make a healthy and flavorful side dish for lasagna.
  4. Sauteed spinach: Sauteed spinach is a quick and easy side dish that pairs well with lasagna. Simply sautee some fresh spinach in a pan with a little bit of olive oil and garlic.
  5. Soup: A simple soup, such as minestrone or tomato, can be a comforting and light accompaniment to a hearty lasagna.
  6. Roasted potatoes: Roasted potatoes make a tasty and satisfying side dish for lasagna. Simply toss some small potatoes with olive oil, salt, and your favorite herbs and roast them in the oven until they’re tender.

Of course, this is far from an exhaustive list but each of these side dishes goes great with any type of lasagna (regular, vegetable, etc.). Below I will go into more detail about each of these side dishes as well as some easy recipes for each option.

1. Salad:

First up on our list is salad. Now, I know what you’re thinking – salad is boring. But hear me out.

A refreshing, crisp salad can really balance out the richness of a hearty lasagna. Plus, it’s a great way to get in some extra veggies.

But what kind of salad goes with lasagna? My personal favorite is a simple green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing. You can mix in some sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onions for added crunch.

Or, if you’re feeling fancy, try a Caesar salad. The creamy dressing and crunchy croutons add a nice contrast to the lasagna.

Pro tip: go easy on the dressing. You don’t want to overpower the flavors of the lasagna with a super heavy dressing. A little bit goes a long way.

Caesar salad:

Caesar salad is another classic side dish that goes well with lasagna. The creamy dressing and crunchy croutons add a nice contrast to the rich flavors of the lasagna. Plus, it’s a great way to get in some greens.

To make a classic Caesar salad at home, you’ll need some romaine lettuce, croutons, Parmesan cheese, and a simple dressing made from mayonnaise, lemon juice, and anchovy paste. Simply toss everything together in a bowl and you’re good to go.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can mix things up by adding some grilled chicken or shrimp to your Caesar salad. Or, for a vegetarian option, try tossing in some roasted vegetables or grilled tofu.

2. Garlic bread:

Next up is a classic – garlic bread. Is there anything better than a warm, toasty slice of bread slathered in butter and garlic? Yeah, I don’t think so either.

And guess what? It goes perfectly with lasagna. The savory, garlicky flavors pair perfectly with the rich, cheesy goodness of the lasagna.

Making garlic bread at home is super easy. All you need is some sliced bread, butter, and minced garlic. Spread a thin layer of butter on each slice of bread, then sprinkle on some minced garlic. Pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until the bread is toasty and the garlic is fragrant.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can mix things up by adding some herbs or cheese to your garlic bread. Try mixing in some chopped parsley or basil for a fresh twist, or sprinkle on some grated Parmesan for an extra cheesy kick.

Breadsticks

Breadsticks are another classic side dish that goes well with lasagna. They’re super easy to make at home, and they add a nice crunchy texture to your meal. Plus, you can never go wrong with more carbs.

To make breadsticks at home, all you need is some basic bread dough. You can use store-bought dough or make your own from scratch. Simply roll out the dough into long, thin strips, brush them with butter, and sprinkle with herbs, then bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.

Pro tip: if you’re feeling fancy, you can add some grated cheese or garlic to your breadsticks for added flavor.

3. Roasted vegetables:

Roasted vegetables are another great option for a side dish with lasagna. Not only do they add some extra nutrients to your meal, but they also add a ton of flavor.

Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness and adds a nice depth of flavor.

Some of my favorite vegetables to roast are zucchini, bell peppers, and eggplant. Simply chop them into bite-sized pieces, toss them with a little bit of olive oil and salt, and roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes, or until they’re tender.

Pro tip: don’t be afraid to get creative with your seasonings. Try adding some minced garlic, herbs, or spices to your vegetables before roasting.

4. Sauteed spinach:

Looking for a quick and easy side dish that goes with lasagna? Look no further than sauteed spinach. It’s super fast to make, and it pairs perfectly with the savory flavors of lasagna.

All you need is some fresh spinach, a little bit of olive oil, and a pinch of minced garlic. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat, then add the garlic and saute for a minute or two until it’s fragrant.

Add the spinach to the pan and cook until it’s wilted, stirring occasionally. That’s it! It only takes a few minutes to make, and it’s a delicious and healthy side dish.

If you want to mix things up, you can add some nuts or cheese to your sauteed spinach. Try tossing in some toasted pine nuts or sprinkling on some feta cheese for added flavor.

5. Soup:

Soup is another great option for a side dish with lasagna. It adds some variety to your meal and can be a lighter option if you’re feeling stuffed from all that delicious lasagna.

Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover veggies you have hanging around in the fridge.

There are tons of soups that go well with lasagna. Minestrone and tomato soup are classic choices, but you can really use any type of soup you like. Just make sure it has complementary flavors that won’t overpower the lasagna.

Making soup at home is super easy, and it’s a great way to use up any leftover veggies you have hanging around in the fridge. Simply sautee some diced onions, carrots, and celery in a pot with a little bit of olive oil.

Add in some diced potatoes and your choice of beans or other vegetables. Pour in some broth and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and any other herbs or spices you like.

6. Roasted potatoes:

Last but not least, roasted potatoes are another great side dish that goes well with lasagna. They add some extra carbs to your meal and provide a nice contrast to the creamy, cheesy lasagna.

To make roasted potatoes at home, all you need is some small potatoes, olive oil, and your choice of seasonings. Simply toss the potatoes with a little bit of olive oil and your favorite herbs and spices, then roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, or until they’re tender and golden brown.

Pro tip: try mixing things up by using different types of potatoes or adding some minced garlic or cheese to your roasted potatoes for added flavor.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it – a list of six delicious and unique side dishes that go perfectly with lasagna. Whether you’re looking for something light and refreshing, like salad or soup, or something a little heartier, like garlic bread or roasted vegetables, there’s something for everyone on this list.

So next time you’re whipping up a batch of lasagna, don’t forget to consider what side dishes you want to serve with it. A little bit of variety can go a long way in making your meal more interesting and satisfying.

Hannah R.

Hey, I'm Hannah and I'm the founder of Get Eatin'.

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