What to serve with meatballs: Meatballs are such a great dinner recipe for busy weeknights but finding a side dish that's not spaghetti can be difficult. But in this post, you'll find 20+ easy side dishes that pair perfectly with meatballs!
Meatballs are such a fan-favorite it's a bummer that they're typically looked at as a topping for spaghetti. There are so many different ways to spice up meatballs with sauce, spices, and side dishes. Meatballs can be much more than a topping for spaghetti!
You'll find a list of simple side dish ideas and then a list of 20+ side dish recipes for meatballs! You're guaranteed to find a side dish that sparks your interest in this post, or visit the other "what to serve with" ideas, to help fill your meal planner!
It's better to bake your meatballs because they're easier to prepare and they also contain less fat than fried meatballs. Personally, I love to cook meatballs in the slow cooker for an extremely easy and full-proof recipe!
Yes. Meatballs should be somewhat cooked before coating in your sauce of choice. You can bake them first or brown them before adding sauce.
Meatballs are typically held together by eggs and breadcrumbs. Too many breadcrumbs can can make the meatballs loose and not enough breadcrumbs can make them fall apart too. You have to find the perfect amount.
Items to serve with meatballs
If serving Italian meatballs or bbq meatballs, here are a few things you should have on hand:
- extra seasoning (Italian seasoning or bbq seasoning)
- extra sauce (marinara sauce or bbq sauce)
- appropriate side dishes (see below)
How do you store homemade meatballs?
You can store meatballs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also choose to store them in the freezer for up to two months. Prepping meatballs in advance is a great way to save time when cooking!
What vegetables go with meats?
There are some classic meat and veggie pairings you won't want to miss out on. Such as beef and roasted cauliflower or broccoli, chicken and roasted tomatoes, or shrimp with roasted bell peppers!
Side dish ideas for meatballs
Having a list of simple side dish ideas in your head will help you decide on a side dish recipe. It's important to keep in mind that you can cook side dishes in bulk and serve them with other meals as well! This is a great tip for busy families!
Here's a list of side dish ideas for meatballs, and then you'll see the list of 20+ recipes that go great with any type of meatball!
- garlic bread
- Caprese salad
- macaroni salad
- pasta salad
- mashed potatoes
- potato wedges
- roasted carrots
- roasted broccoli
- chopped salad
- Cesar salad
- pull-apart bread
- cheesy bread