We all know that spaghetti goes with meatballs but what if you’re looking for something different? I am going to give you some great side ideas that go with meatballs.
So, what goes with meatballs? My question is… What doesn’t? Meatballs can be served as more than an appetizer or over spaghetti. They can easily be the star of the plate.
This is going to become your go-to list to create new dinners with all kinds of new twists to a regular old meatball. These can all be used with turkey or chicken meatballs as well.
Meatballs over rice is an easy way to beef up dinner and have something a little different than plain old spaghetti and meatballs. Something as easy as steaming up some rice can easily change up a dish.
You can really get creative and add a variety of flavors like Asian, sweet and sour, honey and garlic, creamy mushroom and so many more. Maybe serve with a side of rice pilaf.
Really whatever flavor you want to add to your rice or over meatballs. My favorite is adding a savory mushroom sauce over the top that resembles Salisbury steak.
2. Mashed potatoes
OK, seriously, two of my favorite things! Mash potatoes and meatballs, how could they NOT go together!?
You can combine these together as meatballs on top of mashed potatoes or with potatoes on the side.
Spice up your mashed potatoes with some roasted garlic or maybe some bacon and cheese. However, you will like the soft, buttery, creaminess with pairs together with meatballs seamlessly.
Gravy poured over your meatballs and mashed potatoes are great comfort food that is for sure going to be a crowd-pleaser!
You can always substitute with sweet potatoes or mashed cauliflower for a healthier alternative.
3. Roasted potatoes
Think of burgers and fries. Why not add roasted potatoes to your meatballs? When you roast potatoes they get nice and crispy and complement meatballs greatly.
Red potatoes, Yukon potatoes, or sweet potatoes are great for roasting. Bake them in the oven with a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about a 1/2 hour.
These are so delicious and perfect as a side with meatballs or something like as well.
4. Egg noodles
Usually, you hear about spaghetti but using egg noodles adds a different spin to it. Egg noodles are light and almost buttery tasting. Added with meatballs and a savory sauce and you have yourself a delicious meal.
The difference between egg noodles and spaghetti is really the shape and the egg. Although a lot of pasta is made with egg is it usually a small amount.
Egg noodles and spaghetti are similar health-wise, but egg noodles do offer more protein as they are made with eggs.
Skewers make me think of chicken and steak. But, meatballs are just as good! You can make so many combinations when making skewers.
Cheeseburger skewers are a fun and different way to get the same great taste. Slide a cooked meatball on, a little slice of cheese, cherry tomato, pickle, and lettuce. Wow, my mouth is watering just talking about it.
Meatballs with peppers and onions skewered are a great summer meal on the BBQ. You can get really creative and do pasta and meatballs on skewers.
Using ziti, fresh mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, and meatballs, delicious!
Really anything you can skewer and you think goes well with hamburger will make a great savory dinner and it’s easy to throw together.
6. Texas Toast
Texas toast is amazing with meatballs. Serve them together with a little marinara on the side to dip in and you have yourself a quick and easy meal. I have an easy Texas toast recipe you can make right here.
Garlic bread goes so well with just about any pasta dish and serving it with meatballs alone is just as good and makes for a lighter meal without the pasta.
The buttery garlic flavor with a crispy meatball that is juicy on the inside marry together perfectly and then dip it in a spicy or sweet marinara… YUM!
For a nice light and healthy dinner serve your meatballs with a refreshing garden or Caesar salad. This makes a complete meal with the meatballs and getting in your veggies at the same time.
This is also a great option if you are gluten-free! Serve for lunch or dinner. It’s light enough yet filling enough that it could be served for either or. I have a great garden salad recipe you should check out here.
8. Meatball sub
Classic meatball subs are a crowd-pleasing favorite. Homemade meatballs are key to a great meatball sub. You can even have a little fun with them and make little slider meatball subs also.
In a crusty bread like a french baguette, place your meatballs and marinara into the split bread and then lay a couple of slices of mozzarella on top.
Bake it until the cheese is well melted and oh my goodness! This is hands down a family favorite. It’s easy to throw together and so good, especially on a cold fall or winter day.
You can also freeze the meatballs that are left over.
Meat and veggies… Can’t go wrong with that! Serve your meatballs with a side of sautéed broccoli, roasted asparagus, green beans, or whatever your favorite might be.
Serving meatballs with vegetables makes for a keto-friendly and low-carb option. Try them with sautéed mushrooms and onions!
For a little bit of a different twist, you can use zucchini noodles. This offers a different way of incorporating meatballs and veggies as a gluten-free spaghetti-like meal.
10. Bread and butter
Bread and butter go so well with meatballs. Especially with meatballs and marinara sauce. Any soft bread warmed with butter is a great combination with meatballs.
A regular old slice of white bread can be just as tasty as a good crunchy French baguette with a generous spread of real butter. Using real butter is important, not fake margarine or oil-based spread.
This also pairs well when you are having traditional spaghetti and meatballs. Add a side of bread and butter and dip it in your sauce. There is something about soft buttery bread and meatballs with marinara