Not sure what side dishes to make for homemade lasagna? Here are the best side dishes for lasagna, pasta bakes, or pasta dishes. These delicious side dishes are perfect for a hearty main dish lasagna recipe.
1. Garlic Bread
Garlic bread is a great side dish that doesn't take too much time. Spread crushed garlic, melted butter (or olive oil), and salt between French baguette or Italian bread slices. Bake until the garlic butter bread is golden brown.
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2. Apple Gorgonzola Spinach Salad
This apple gorgonzola spinach salad uses toffee pecans, gorgonzola cheese (or blue cheese), granny smith apples, leafy greens, and dried cranberries. Make the homemade vinaigrette with red wine vinegar, dried Italian seasoning, dijon mustard, and olive oil.
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3. Blanched Asparagus with Garlic Aioli
Fresh vegetables are perfect side dishes for a lasagna main course. This blanched asparagus with garlic aioli is a quick and simple recipe. Homemade aioli is easy to make! Mix crushed garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, mayonnaise, salt, and black pepper in a bowl while the asparagus spears blanch in boiling water.
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4. Italian Fried Calamari
Many people love fried calamari, and for a good reason. It's a delicious appetizer that's simple and easy to make. The secret to this 15-minute calamari recipe is frying the flour-coated calamari in olive oil until golden brown. Serve with marina sauce or fresh lemon wedges.
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5. Fresh Salads
Balance out the heaviness of the lasagna with a refreshing salad like a Caprese salad made with balsamic vinegar, basil leaves, fresh tomatoes, and mozzarella. Or, serve with a classic Caesar salad, arugula salad (also known as rocca salad), or this shredded cabbage salad with a homemade lemon vinaigrette.
6. Grilled Eggplant Dip
This fire-roasted eggplant dip is a healthy side dish and the perfect accompaniment to any lasagna meal. Whole eggplants are roasted on an open flame, then mixed with lemon juice, crushed garlic, pomegranate molasses, and fresh herbs.
7. Fried Cauliflower Florets
Cauliflower florets are deep-fried in oil until golden brown. Serve this easy recipe with fresh lemon juice and tarator sauce (a lemon tahini-based dressing).
8. Antipasto Platter
Antipasto platters are a great way to add extra flavors to the dinner table. Add green olives, parmesan cheese, feta cheese, fresh basil, artichoke hearts, red peppers, mozzarella cheese, green olives, sliced salami, Italian sausage, or fresh cherry tomatoes.
9. Spicy Vegetable Soup
This spicy vegetable soup is a perfect addition to vegetarian lasagna. This nutrient-packed soup is made with potatoes, onions, celery, corn, sweet potatoes, ginger, garlic, carrots, and dried chili.
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10. Roasted Vegetables
Serve your lasagna dinner with roasted butternut squash, green beans, brussels sprouts, broccoli rabe, or sauteed mushrooms.
Authentic Italian Lasagna With Bechamel
Italian Sausage Ricotta Pasta Bake
Another great pasta bake is this rigatoni baked pasta made with Italian sausage, ricotta cheese, zucchini, and mozzarella cheese.
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Meatless Baked Ziti
For a vegetarian pasta bake, try this simple baked ziti. Sandwich layers of tender pasta with pasta sauce, ricotta cheese, and shredded mozzarella.
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