If you're wondering what to serve with meatballs, try one of these easy side dish recipes to complete your meal.
Meatballs are a classic comfort food that people of all ages can enjoy. They are versatile and can be made in many different ways and served with many different side dishes.
When choosing a side dish to serve with meatballs, consider the flavors of the meatballs. If they're BBQ meatballs or meatballs in tomato sauce or a tangy sauce, you may want to choose a side dish that is not too acidic, such as mashed potatoes. If the meatballs are in a creamy sauce, you may want to choose a side dish that is more flavorful, such as roasted vegetables.
Don't be afraid to experiment with different sides to find the perfect combination for your taste.
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Pasta and Rice
Pasta is always a great side dish. Try mac and cheese for barbecue meatballs, parmesan orzo for lamb meatballs, goat cheese pasta for ground beef meatballs or chicken meatballs, or jasmine rice for teriyaki meatballs, Hawaiian meatballs, or sweet and sour meatballs.
No-Boil Mac and Cheese
Creamy Mushroom Risotto
Lemon Parmesan Orzo
Baked Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach
4-Ingredient Mac and Cheese
Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
Veggies make the best side dishes. Try one of these colorful salads. This copycat Olive Garden salad is perfect for Italian-style meatballs, and the cucumber salads are great for lamb meatballs.
Homemade Olive Garden Salad
Cucumber Tzatziki Salad
Air Fryer Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Steakhouse Style Wedge Salad
Crispy Baked Parmesan Asparagus Fries
Easy Creamy Cucumber Salad
Green Onion Salad with Lemon Ginger Vinaigrette
Bread is the perfect side dish for almost any meal.
Air Fryer Garlic Bread
Italian meatballs are always great with a savory sauce. Skip the side dishes altogether and make a meatball sub with your saucy meatballs!
Tomato and Mascarpone Sauce
Hearty Marinara Sauce
If you're looking for a super simple side dish, try a side of garlic bread or soft bread, white rice or cauliflower rice (or a 50/50 blend), zucchini noodles, buttered angel hair pasta, egg noodles (perfect for Swedish meatballs), fresh or frozen green beans, Caesar salad, honey butter baby carrots, or a premade potato salad from the deli at the grocery store.
There are many side dishes for meatballs including salad, mashed potatoes, veggies, rice, garlic bread, rolls, and more.
The perfect veggie side for meatballs will depend on the type of meatball. Most meatballs are great with broccoli, roasted carrots, asparagus, green beans, Brussels sprouts, kale salad, and more.
If you need an easy meatball recipe, look no further. Try one of my Instant Pot or slow cooker recipes featuring frozen meatballs, or try my homemade turkey meatballs. What's your favorite meatball recipe?
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