What to Serve With Spaghetti and Meatballs? 21 Best Side Dishes

Spaghetti and Meatballs side dishes

Is spaghetti and meatballs your favorite dish? If you are among the households who make this dish at least once a week, we can't blame you.

This classic Italian dish is a perfect definition of comfort food that can be enjoyed any part of the day. Besides, everyone loves the saucy meatballs on a bed of soft spaghetti, regardless of age.

However, when you want to feed this dish to a crowd, you may want to serve it with a few side dishes.

Spaghetti and Meatballs side dishes

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The best side dishes to serve with spaghetti and meatballs are brussels sprouts, brats, onion rings, broccoli and cauliflower, quinoa salad, collard greens, garlic bread, potatoes and carrots, lima beans, cheese rolls, and caesar salad. 

Here is the full list to help you plan your menu.

21 Spaghetti and Meatballs Sides

1. Brussels Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts

Brussels sprouts pair well with spaghetti and meatballs because they are delicious and healthy. You can easily pop them in your mouth and experience these vegetables cut through the tender meat perfectly.

You can use the tagged recipe to get well-cooked Brussels sprouts within 15 minutes with just a few ingredients. Make lots of these because they finish pretty quickly.

2. Brats


Your guests will love having brats with their portion of spaghetti and meatballs. Brats are juicy and crisp, making them ideal for enjoying with loads of meatballs and spaghetti. Make sure that the brats are warm as you serve them with your main dish.

3. Lima Beans

Lima Beans

These tender and healthy beans make a great side dish with your bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. These beans are cooked with garlic, onions, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and chicken broth and are extremely rich in taste and nutrition.

Try them once in your Instant pot. We assure you that you will be impressed.

4. Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

This is an easy and quick salad with all the amazing ingredients. The showstopper of this salad is quinoa, with an amazing texture and taste that complement the meatballs perfectly well. Make sure that you season the ingredients properly and mix them well so that the taste states uniform throughout the salad.

5. Broccoli and Cauliflower

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

This dish of roasted broccoli and cauliflower can get ready within a few minutes, so you can serve them while your spaghetti and meatballs are fresh and warm. The vegetables are crunchy with the perfect smoky flavor, giving you a delicious taste and texture to enjoy.

Season your vegetables with salt and pepper. If you like them to be a bit spicy, sprinkle red chili flakes and enjoy their addictive flavor.

6. Carrot Mash

Carrot Mash

What is better than a potato mash? It is a carrot mash that tastes extremely beautiful with homemade spaghetti and meatballs.

To make the most buttery and creamy carrot mash, you require carrots, water, melted butter, and honey. Try the tagged recipe and impress your guests with this not-so-famous side dish.

7. Collard Greens

Vegan Collard Greens

This is a flavorful, good-looking, and delicious side dish that gets along with many main options, including spaghetti and meatballs. To make this recipe, you require chopped onions, cloves, vegetable broth, chili flakes, salt, black pepper, and collard greens.

The instructions are simple, so avoid missing any. This is also a healthy dish, so perfect for those who don't want to eat lots of spaghetti.

8. Potatoes and Carrots

Potatoes and carrots

It is hard to resist a plate of spaghetti and meatballs, but it is even harder to avoid potatoes and carrots. They are one of the delicious sides that taste well with almost all meat dishes.

According to the recipe, the seasoning can make this dish a little bit spicy. This is perfect for adults, but if you want to feed your kids, make a separate batch for them.

9. Refried Beans

Refried Beans

This is another side dish that we can't recommend enough. Made from pre-cooked pinto beans, the beautiful texture of this dish makes you want some more. Make a huge bowl of these beans, as they are hard to resist.

10. Chicken Gizzards

Chicken Gizzards

If your meatballs aren't satisfying enough, cook some chicken gizzards, so your guests leave with a smile. They are crispy, tender, and flavorful. Also, the ingredients required might already be present in your pantry, making this side dish budget-friendly.

Kids love chicken gizzards, so make loads of them.

11. French Bread

French Bread


While you can easily buy French bread from a store, it isn't better than one you can bake at home. If you haven't made this bread before, now is the time to serve it with spaghetti and meatballs. The crusty bread can help you mop up all the sauce and enjoy your main dish properly.

12. Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread

Imagine having the best spaghetti and meatballs with warm and freshly-baked garlic bread on a cold dinner. Isn't the idea mouthwatering?

The good thing is that you can make the best garlic bread at home with some simple ingredients and instructions. Make sure to cut the loaf into small slices so that consuming the bread becomes effortless.

13. Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

A crunchy caesar salad is always an excellent option to serve with your favorite spaghetti and meatballs. Since the latter dish can get heavy, a light salad balances the flavors and also help add a refreshing taste. Also, caesar salad is a much healthier option than other creamy dishes.

But most importantly, caesar salad doesn't require extensive cooking and gets ready within a few minutes. So, if you plan a quick lunch or dinner, keep this side dish in mind.

14. Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

These mushrooms are delicious, tempting, and fulfilling. You can either serve them separately or with your spaghetti, depending on your guests' preference. They are loaded with cheese, giving you the ideal creaminess for your main dish.

Make sure to make these mushrooms after preparing your spaghetti. This way, they stay crispy and warm for a long duration. You can use the recommended cheese or get the low-fat one.

If you want them to be a little spicy, sprinkle some paprika or chili flakes on top.

15. Cucumber Vinegar Salad

Cucumber Vinegar Salad

If you running out of time and can't prepare complicated side dishes, just prepare this salad and impress your guests with the tangy flavor. This salad gives an ideal sweet and savor taste, with beautiful hints of dill. Also, the thinly sliced onions add the perfect crunch.

Meatballs can get very heavy at times. So, this fresh and juicy salad helps balance that too.

Try the tagged recipe and let us know how it turns out. You can also add diced tomatoes to add more flavor and color to this salad.

16. Cheese Rolls

Cheesy Rolls

These cheesy rolls are a delight to make and eat. You can soak them in your spaghetti sauce and enjoy the mouthwatering savory treats. These rolls are soft and crispy, meaning the kids would also love them.

You can bake or fry these cheese rolls. However, we suggest doing the former for the perfect texture.

17. Tuna Casserole

Tuna Casserole

Do you have picky eaters in your family? If yes, make them this tuna casserole and let them enjoy it with spaghetti and meatballs. This is a wholesome dish with the perfect creaminess to balance the tenderness of the meatballs.

Make sure you make a big dish because we have warned you that it is very delicious.

18. Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole

Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole

If you thought one casserole was enough, we are afraid you were wrong. Casseroles taste great with spaghetti and meatballs; therefore, we had to mention one more recipe for you to try. This casserole is loaded with chicken and potatoes and is pretty satisfying.

Serve it as a side dish, and let your family and friends praise your skills with every bite.

19. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Parmesan zucchini fries

These fries are beautiful and crispy. When served with spaghetti, they enhance the flavor of your dish and add more flavors to satisfy your taste buds.

Plus, these fries are perfect for introducing vegetables to your picky eaters.

20. Italian Bread

Italian Bread

When you cook spaghetti and meatballs at home, ensure to bake loads of bread because that's what most people love enjoying with this dish. Italian bread is beautiful, soft, and delicious. So, ensure to try it, too, using the instructions given.

21. Onion rings

Homemade onion rings coated with bread crumbs on a white bowl

Onion rings add a crispy, savory contrast to the soft noodles and meat. Their strong onion flavor complements the flavors of the spaghetti and meatballs, and the breaded and fried exterior adds an enjoyable texture to the meal. Additionally, onion rings are a classic side dish for many types of American and Italian-American cuisine, making them a perfect complement to spaghetti and meatballs.

Also, serve butter with the bread for a wholesome experience.

Final Words

Spaghetti and meatballs are a perfect party dish. The dish is rich and flavorful. So, serve it with the best side options as mentioned above and elevate the food experience of your guests.

21 Side Dishes For Spaghetti and Meatballs

  1. Brussels Sprouts
  2. Brats
  3. Lima Beans
  4. Quinoa Salad
  5. Broccoli and Cauliflower
  6. Carrot Mash
  7. Collard Greens
  8. Potato and Carrots
  9. Refried Beans
  10. Chicken Gizzard
  11. French Bread
  12. Garlic Bread
  13. Caesar Salad
  14. Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
  15. Cucumber Vinegar Salad
  16. Cheese Rolls
  17. Tuna Casserole
  18. Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole
  19. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries
  20. Italian Bread
  21. Onion Rings

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Spaghetti and Meatballs side dishes

What To Serve With Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is the best comfort food. To make it more interesting, check 20 side dishes to serve with your bowl.
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Course: dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot spaghetti and meatballs, spaghetti and meatballs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Corrie


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