Best Side Dishes to Serve with Spaghetti
Spaghetti is a family-favorite meal in homes across America and around the globe.
After all, it is a versatile, easy-to-make entree that is filling, nutritious, and ever so satisfying to devour.
Even more, there are many side dishes to serve with spaghetti that compliment this Italian-favorite meal perfectly.
Whether you’re looking for a quick put-together lunch or need to put together a last-minute date night dinner, spaghetti is the go-to meal that won’t disappoint you or your hungry guests.
If you are currently planning a spaghetti-based meal and wondering what you can serve on the side, you have come to the right place. Today, you will learn about the best side dishes to serve with spaghetti to transform your meal from “average” to “Italian-perfection”.
As a culinary fanatic and Italian-food lover, I have tried many side dishes with spaghetti. As such, I have composed this list to save fellow spaghetti fans time with side items they will truly love.
1Tomato Cucumber Salad
Full of flavor and color, this salad is a great spaghetti side dish bursting with refreshing goodness.
The sauce-marinated tomatoes coupled with the taste and texture of the salad brings about a wave of deliciousness for a meal you will not soon forget.
The cucumber makes this salad one of my favorite spaghetti side dishes as the cool-crunchy freshness combined with warm marinara is oh-so good; it’s a “match made in heaven” (as some would say).
This is what your plate and taste buds have been in search of.
For a refreshing side dish that will enhance the taste of the spaghetti even more, put together a tomato cucumber feta salad with your next pasta dish and see for yourself why this is number-one on my list.
It is true, you cannot go wrong with soft, pull-apart buttered bread with spaghetti; it’s a true Italian pasta match.
Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic and you will have yourself a true Italian-style dinner.
Bread has always been a favorite of mine, but nothing compares to warm, freshly baked bread with a plate of spaghetti.
The warm bread with marinara sauce is a heavenly mouth-watering taste that I can never seem to have too much of. It is a must-try spaghetti side dish, but if you want to take it one step further, research some garlic bread recipes for ways to make taste even better.
One garlic bread recipe I recently fell in love with is spaghetti-stuffed garlic French bread made with RAGU’s home-styled pasta sauce. It is their boldest-flavored sauce with many herbs already included in the recipe which makes the prepping process much, much easier.
3Lemon Pepper Asparagus
Freshly squeezed lemon juice and asparagus with spaghetti is a heaven-made match.
It is a simple, beautiful, and ever-so-tasty combination.
Growing up, my mother use to make lemon-peppered asparagus with spaghetti on a weekly basis in our home. It has since become, in my opinion, one of the best side dishes to serve with spaghetti.
Just as spaghetti is a versatile dish, so is asparagus; there are a variety of ways to prepare the greens.
From steaming to boiling, roasting and sautéed-styled asparagus, no matter what your taste craves, this nutritious and tasty spaghetti side dish can be prepared a number of ways.
When having asparagus with spaghetti, I usually prepare my lemon pepper asparagus with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, a generous amount of black pepper, and a dash of oil with salt.
The asparagus-spaghetti combination has become a family-favorite in my home and the vivid yellow and greens make enjoying your spaghetti experience all that more enjoyable.
This list would not be complete without including a Caesar salad, that’s because the contrast of crispy vegetables and spaghetti is a refreshing, winning combination that enhances the taste beyond expression.
To take your salad up a notch, add some grilled chicken, croutons, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, and some Worcestershire sauce and your spaghetti dinner will be Olive Garden-delicious.
These family-favorite spaghetti side dishes have become household traditions in my family and will likely be yours too once tried. Spaghetti is an easy meal to make and with the side dishes here you will never look at this Italian-tradition dish the same again.