13 Sides for Lasagna That Will Complete Your Italian Dinner

There’s a case to be made that the classic lasagna recipe is the most popular and well-known casserole in the world. In fact, it may be one of the original famous casseroles.

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But what are some of the best sides for lasagna?

This cheesy dish by itself is so hearty that it’s basically a full meal, so do you really need side dishes for lasagna? And if so, what goes with lasagna?

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Lasagna’s origins are in Italy, but it has become famous all over the world.

With the al dente lasagna noodles, savory ground beef, gooey melted Mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese or cottage cheese, and creamy and decadent béchamel sauce, who can resist this delicious Italian classic?

To discover what to serve with lasagna, check out our list of 13 delicious side dishes for lasagna below.

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1. Green Salad

Is there any meal that a green salad or comforting bowl of soup doesn’t make better?

When it comes to sides for lasagna, you can’t go wrong with a fresh and colorful green salad and bread.

Lasagna is a dish with lots of cheese that’s high in calories, so pairing it with a guilt-free salad is ideal.

Also, getting in your daily dose of healthy greens is easy and delicious when you serve up a nutrient-dense salad like this one.

We love the idea of using microgreens and red onion, and the Parmesan cheese gives this fresh green salad an Italian feel.

The avocado in this salad is a good source of healthy fat and the roasted tamari almonds send this dish over the top.

To add even more interest, chop up some zucchini and toss it in with the greens.

If you want to add more interest and nutrition to this wonderful salad, you can also add spinach.

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2. Roasted Veggies

Are you wondering what to serve with lasagna? You can’t go wrong with roasted veggies.

Any type of roasted vegetables are delicious when served with lasagna, but this is one of the side dishes for lasagna that uses Brussels sprout and green beans.

When they are properly cooked, Brussels sprouts drizzled with olive oil have a wonderful nutty, caramelized, sweet flavor that is to die for, and the sauce is wonderful for dipping bread into.

The green beans help to fill out this veggie side dish.

This recipe for roasted Brussel sprouts and broccoli makes use of six different spices, including thyme, rosemary, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.

The balsamic vinegar gives this side dish a nice zing. However, you can substitute it with lemon juice.

If you don’t love Brussels sprouts, any roasted vegetables will work well as sides for lasagna. Consider roasted broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, or cauliflower for your lasagna sides.

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3. Antipasto

When you’re serving lasagna, there’s almost nothing better you can offer your family or guests than a delicious antipasto platter for appetizers.

To make the best antipasto platter, just find a huge platter and fill it up with your favorite cheese, meats, veggies, and fruits.

Here’s the secret to a gorgeous antipasto platter. Make it as colorful as you possibly can!

And they need to be foods your guests can eat with their fingers or small cocktail forks.

Cherry tomatoes, marinated mushrooms or sautéed mushrooms, slices of zucchini, whole green beans, green olives, black olives, bright yellow pepperoncini, beautiful Italian meats, fresh mozzarella cheese, and more all make for a gorgeous antipasto platter.

Served with a salad, antipasto is almost a meal that can stand on its own.

It’s also nice to have the meats in the antipasto if you’re serving veggie lasagna.

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4. Wedge Salad

Not the bland iceberg salad of your youth, this delicious wedge salad is a work of art.

The iceberg lettuce is refreshing and crisp, and the salad is topped off with juicy cherry tomatoes cut in half, creamy blue cheese salad dressing, crispy real bacon bits, and beautiful crumbles of blue cheese.

Lasagna is a soft dish, and this salad complements it well with a crunchy contrast.

Here’s a unique idea for this salad. Sprinkle your wedge salad with Italian seasoning. Also, you can try chives and potato chip crumbs for a delightful salty surprise. We love this idea!

This salad is also excellent with soup.

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5. Bread Sticks

Bread and pasta go together like peanut butter and jelly! Having some delicious bread on hand to soak up the savory pasta sauce is a must.

When we visit one of our favorite Italian chain restaurants, a treat we really look forward to is the delicious soft warm breadsticks (and their signature salad or one of their famous soup recipes).

Here’s the good news: homemade breadsticks are fairly simple to make from scratch.

Breadsticks are a great side for nearly any meal or even as a complementary side dish for salad.

Best of all, when you’ve mastered your favorite easy breadsticks recipe, you can make them anytime you want.

This recipe has a lot of great ideas for changing up your breadsticks recipe to make them different when you want.

You can choose to go with a garlic butter sauce for one meal, and you can make cheesy breadsticks for your pasta dish the following week.

These breadsticks are also delicious dipped in either vegan butter or oil.

To make them part of a meal, serve with your lasagna and a colorful Caprese salad.

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6. Steamed Veggies

Steaming vegetables is one of the most effective ways of preserving all of the wonderful vitamins and nutrients in the veggies.

Besides the health benefits, steamed vegetables are absolutely delicious.

This recipe has delicious ginger and a clove of garlic, so you know these steamed veggies are incredibly flavorful.

Use a little bit of chicken stock to add even more flavor, and the dry sherry brings all of the drama to this simple dish.

Moreover, you can steam any vegetable. Broccoli, zucchini, snap peas, green beans, broccoli rabe, and cauliflower steam nicely, too.

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7. Chicken Wings

If you have some meat lovers in your family, you may want to add a hearty meat side dish to your table when you serve lasagna.

If you’re serving vegetarian lasagna or vegetable lasagna with spinach, it’s nice to have a side dish for the meat lovers in your family.

What better way to do this than with chicken wings and a Caprese salad?

These wings with garlic and Parmesan cheese are even better than the ones served at that famous wings restaurant.

The Parmesan cheese and garlic work beautifully with lasagna and any other traditional Italian dish.

Also, these wings are baked, so you don’t have to worry about all of the grease that comes with fried chicken wings.

The Parmesan cheese is melted in butter along with the spices to really make these wings divine.

Source: Loveandlemons.com

8. Roasted Tomatoes

The tomato is ubiquitous in Italian cooking, and tomato dishes make excellent side dishes for lasagna.

This tomato recipe will add tons of flavor to any pasta dish.

The umami flavor is completely irresistible, and the tartness of the tomatoes is exactly what you’ve been dreaming of.

This simple recipe for roasted tomatoes makes use of only two spices: black pepper and thyme. Adding a little diced garlic will give this dish a whole new vibe.

A dash of sea salt and the extra-virgin olive oil are what make this side dish sing.

Here’s an idea: toss these roasted tomatoes into a delicious Caprese salad to make it even more interesting.

Note: the remaining sauce is delicious for dipping your breadsticks or garlic bread.

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9. Tomato Feta Salad

Lasagna is a pasta dish that is super filling by itself, so it’s great to pair this classic Italian casserole with something refreshing and light.

One of the most perfect side dishes for lasagna is a light salad like this cherry tomato and feta cheese salad.

The different colored cherry tomatoes cut in half make this salad so gorgeous and colorful. And the chunks of feta cheese add a healthy protein punch.

Consider champagne vinegar or lemon juice instead of the traditional balsamic or red wine vinegar.

When you’ve assembled your salad, be sure to drizzle it with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil.

This salad reminds us of a Caprese salad or a hearty Italian salad. To make it more like a Caprese salad, use fresh mozzarella cheese or even goat cheese.

Source: Dinneratthezoo.com

10. Honey-Coated Carrots

We often see carrots used as an ingredient in many main dishes or side dishes, but it’s not every day we see carrots shining on their own.

As it turns out, carrots are a nice side dish for pasta.

That seems unfair because carrots are absolutely delicious and their color is so spectacular.

It’s about time we changed that, isn’t it?

The most exciting way to bring out the natural flavors found in carrots is to roast them.

These whole carrots that have been roasted with stems intact are absolutely gorgeous.

And of course, carrots are incredibly nutrient-dense, and the honey makes these divine.

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11. Garlic Bread

What goes with lasagna? Garlic bread, of course!

Garlic bread is so simple to make, but there are some secrets to making the perfect garlic bread.

To make garlic bread, you can use two different methods: toasted and crisped underneath the broiler for crusty garlic bread or wrapped in aluminum foil and baked in the oven for softer garlic bread.

If you go to an Italian restaurant and order lasagna or spaghetti, you’re probably going to be served garlic bread with butter. And why not? It’s perfect for soaking up that delicious Italian sauce or any tomato sauce.

Garlic bread is the perfect accompaniment to nearly any meal, but it’s particularly perfect as one of the best side dishes for lasagna.

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12. Easy 10-Minute Garlic Broccolini

When you cook broccolini for the first time, you’re going to want to cook it more often.

Broccolini is a hybrid veggie that’s a cross between Chinese broccoli and the broccoli we’re accustomed to seeing.

Not only is it an interesting and unusual vegetable, but it’s also much easier to cook than traditional broccoli.

The best part is that that there’s no prep involved in cooking this tasty veggie side dish.

To cook it, you simply toss the broccolini in a hot pan with tons of garlic and some olive oil. When it turns bright green and tender, it’s ready to serve!

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13. Bruschetta

As a quick and easy appetizer, it’s hard to go wrong with bruschetta.

Arguably, bruschetta can be a light meal all its own, but it’s also an answer to the question of “what goes with lasagna?”

If you’re looking for an appetizer for your lasagna dinner, bruschetta is perfect.

When you make your bruschetta, be sure to use high-quality tomatoes and fresh basil if you have it. Also, the extra-virgin olive oil makes this bruschetta super special

This recipe has the fresh tomato topping served on the side, and you can serve it that way or with the mixture spread on top of your bread.

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