by Liz Thomson
September 3, 2021This post may contain affiliate links.
If you’re serving lasagna for dinner, you may be looking for the perfect side dish to pair with it. I’ve got you covered! From salads to vegetables, I’ve pulled together a list of 21 recipes you could serve with lasagna!
Tips for Selecting Side Dishes
When you’re deciding what side dishes to pair with lasagna, first consider what type of lasagna you’re planning to serve. For example, a lighter, vegetable lasagna may pair best with bread and a cheesy side dish. A creamy, alfredo style lasagna might be best paired with a simple salad and a roasted vegetable, to balance out the heaviness of the lasagna. A traditional meat-based lasagna might be best with a variety of roasted vegetables. Ultimately, it’s up to you! You can easily mix and match these recipes, depending on what you’re craving!
Be aware of how much oven space you have. If you have a small oven, you may not want to choose a roasted vegetable dish, as it will compete for space when cooking your lasagna. Even if you do have a larger oven, cooking other dishes with a lasagna may impact the cooking time.
If you’re serving dinner for a crowd, you may want to plan side dishes that can be made ahead of time, such as breadsticks and a chopped salad. This makes it easy to focus your time on hosting, rather than prepping a last-minute dish.
I’ve divided this list up into three categories: Salads, Breads, & Vegetable Sides. Enjoy!
What to Serve with Lasagna
Lasagna is a popular main dish but sometimes, it can be confusing to know what to serve with it! From salads to veggies, I've got you covered with plenty of ideas!
This snow pea salad is made with crunchy celery, peppery arugula, roasted Marcona almonds, salty Pecorino Romano cheese, purple cabbage, and lots of tender snow peas. It’s a tasty salad recipe with lots of textures and flavors!
This No-Knead Rosemary Bread is so easy to make and tastes just like artisan bread from a bakery. Your house will smell amazing and you will have fresh bread that is delicious on its own but it's also perfect for pairing with lasagna!
Super Easy One Hour Focaccia Bread, made with fresh rosemary, garlic, and parmesan cheese! This no-knead focaccia bread recipe comes out soft and fluffy on the inside and golden and crisp on the outside. It makes a great easy side dish to pair with lasagna!
Make the dough for these easy and delicious Bread Machine Italian Breadsticks in your bread maker, quickly cut them with a pizza cutter, pop them in the oven and bake to perfection in 15 minutes! Your house will smell amazing, while the bread machine does all the work!
Broccoli rabe's uniquely bitter taste makes it an excellent addition to lasagna but is equally tasty served as a simple side. This sauteed broccoli rabe recipe cooks in under 10 minutes and it just might become your new favorite side dish!
Easy sautéed mushroom recipe with soy sage butter is the perfect side dish to whip up in less than 15 minutes. You'll love the earthy umami flavors with golden caramelized sautéed mushrooms. Easy to whip up while the lasagna is cooking away!