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50 Ideas For What To Serve With Lasagna

Are you wondering what to serve with lasagna? Here are 50 delicious sides for lasagna that will brighten up the hearty dish.

Lasagna is a favorite dinner for many families because it’s hearty and filling.

There are several ways to make the Italian dish, but my favorite is lasagna made with cottage cheese.

However you make it, a good dinner needs quality side dishes to round out the plate.

Here are 50 ideas for what to serve with lasagna from bruschetta to Caprese salad. We’ve also included several vegan, plant-based, gluten-free, Paleo, and low-carb options for those who are following specific diets.

White baking dish with cottage cheese lasagna next to gray striped towel and dishes all on white table.

Lasagna 101

Slice of lasagna with several layers, melted cheese, and green garnish on white plate.

Before we discuss what to serve with lasagna, here’s some Lasagna 101.

Lasagna is an Italian dish that traditionally features melty cheese, meat sauce, and tender noodles layered into a bubbly casserole.

However, there are lots of creative ways to make a lasagna using various sauces, meats, and vegetables.

You can make a vegetarian lasagna using vegetables as the pasta sheets, chicken and spinach lasagna, butternut squash lasagna with Italian sausage, and more.

Typical Lasagna Ingredients

  • Ground beef
  • Sausage
  • Chicken
  • Tomato sauce
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Bechamel sauce
  • Spinach
  • Butternut squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil

What To Serve With Lasagna

Now let’s get into the best lasagna sides that will transform the tasty Italian dish into a well-rounded meal.


When it comes to lasagna, one of the easiest side dishes to pair with the meaty dish is salad because it brightens and lightens up the rest of the meal.

If you need some fresh ideas when it comes to side salads, you’ll love these recipes!

Large white serving bowl filled with cantaloupe prosciutto arugula salad with wooden spoon.
Prosciutto Melon Salad with Mozzarella and Arugula
Prosciutto Melon Salad with Mozzarella and Arugula is a perfect summer salad to pair with lasagna! Classic Italian flavors of cantaloupe melon and prosciutto ham are highlighted in this arugula salad with mozzarella cheese.
White platter of pesto caprese salad with basil garnish and lemon slices.
Pesto Caprese Salad
Delicious, fresh and so simple, this Italian pesto Caprese salad takes minutes to make. Perfectly refreshing, it’s a great addition to lasagna!
Platter of chicken Caesar pasta salad with tomatoes and cheese on dark table top.
The Best Chicken Caesar Salad With Pasta
Chicken Caesar Salad with Pasta features your favorite Caesar salad with seasoned chicken, tender pasta, and lots of veggies. It's a tasty and filling salad that goes great with lasagna.
Large clear serving bowl filled with Kale salad with garlic lemon parmesan.
Lemon Kale Salad with Garlic and Parmesan
Lemon Kale Salad has toasted nuts and fresh Parmesan cheese, and is tossed in lemon and garlic dressing. It’s flavorful, easy and has no massaging. 
Roasted cherry tomato salad with basil leaves and goat cheese in bowl.
Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
This Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese salad is certain to become a favorite. It is light, full of flavor and so easy to make. Don’t miss the opportunity to mop up the delicious juices with some crusty bread.
Pink fluff in large white serving bowl with pomegranate arils on top.
Perfect Pink Fluff Recipe
You can't go wrong with this crowd-favorite Pink Fluff recipe! Just mix 4 ingredients together and you'll get this perfectly-sweet dessert salad.
Large bowl of Italian chopped salad with pepperoni, olives, cucumber and onion.
Italian Chopped Salad
In 20 minutes you can have this Italian Chopped Salad with all the goodness of an antipasto platter ready to serve. Loaded with salami, pepperoni, cheeses, olives, pepperoncinis, fresh veggies, and bottled Italian dressing, this restaurant-style salad is perfect for serving your family.
Large bowl of cucumber and tomato salad with red onion and black olives.
Onion Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe
Light and refreshing, this is an all star Onion Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe! A classic summer salad made with onion, cucumber and juicy tomatoes that are tossed in olive oil with fresh dill, olives and balsamic vinegar.
Chicken Caesar pasta salad with bacon bits and lemon in white bowl.
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
Give the classic salad a twist with this recipe featuring bowtie pasta, a homemade Caesar dressing, and crispy bacon. It's a pasta lover's dream side dish!
Two plates filled with vegetable salad with broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes and olives on table.
Vegetable Salad with Italian Dressing
This Vegetable Salad with Homemade Italian Dressing has a satisfying crunch.  Chock full of fresh veggies and doused in an Italian dressing, it's bursting with flavor.
Classic wedge salad with bacon, tomato and green onion on white plate.
Classic Wedge Salad
This Classic Wedge Salad is made with all the basic ingredients that you would get in a restaurant or steak house including iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, bacon bits, and bleu cheese crumbles. It's a non-traditional side salad for lasagna that is perfect when you want to switch things up.
Bread salad with tomatoes, olives and capers in a black serving dish.
Bread Salad
Why not get the best of both worlds with this Panzanella Bread Salad? It's loaded with crusty bread, cherry tomatoes, green olives, capers, fresh basil, then lightly tossed with a dressing of fresh garlic, olive oil, anchovies, and red wine vinegar.
Large white bowl of strawberry pecan salad with feta and wooden salad spoons.
Strawberry Pecan Salad
Strawberry Pecan Salad combines the coolness of strawberries, feta, and mixed greens to compliment lasagna night. Toasted pecans top off this sweet side dish!
Large breadcrumb Caesar salad in white serving bowl with shavings of cheese.
Breadcrumb Caesar Salad
Breadcrumb Caesar salad has the perfect crunch of toasted garlic breadcrumbs and creamy Caesar dressing mixed with chopped romaine lettuce. It's a great way to ensure a crunch with every bite!
Kale salad with lemon on white plate next to wooden bowl filled with more salad.
Kale Salad
This kale salad, inspired by a dish from Il Corvo in Seattle has pecorino, toasted pepitas, and a lemon garlic confit dressing (with parsley). It's the salad for people who hate salads!
Large wooden bowl filled with Italian salad with purple onion, pepperoncini, tomatoes and cheese.
Easy Italian Salad
Italian Salad is fresh and filled with crisp lettuce, ripe juicy tomatoes, olives, onions and of course zesty pepperoncinis. Add in a simple homemade Italian vinaigrette for the perfect crisp Italian salad!
Large white serving bowl filled with broccoli and tomato salad with onion and cheese.
Broccoli Tomato Salad
Broccoli and Tomato Salad features sweet grape tomatoes, red onion, broccoli, cheese, and sunflower seeds drizzled with a tangy raspberry vinaigrette.
White bowl with brown and tan flecks filled with grape salad on table.
Grape Salad Recipe
Warning: this creamy Grape Salad recipe is highly addicting! Fresh grapes are topped with a creamy sauce, brown sugar, and toasted pecans. Take 1 bite and you’ll be hooked!
Close up of kale Romain Caesar salad with walnut croutons in large white bowl.
Kale and Romaine Casesar Salad
This Caesar salad is 100% plant-based. No bacon included, no dairy added in, and it's gluten and dairy-free!
Close up of arugula salad with feta and tomatoes with balsamic dressing.
Arugula Salad
Arugula Salad is filled with feta, tomatoes, and delicious balsamic vinaigrette. It's simple, flavorful, easy, and healthy!
Bowl of Italian chopped salad with mini pepperonis, purple onion, olives and cheese.
Chopped Antipasti Salad
This is a copycat of a salad served at Buca di Beppo. It's packed full of yummy veggies, plus pepperoni, two kinds of olives, and three kinds of cheese. This is far from being a plain, ordinary salad!


A good piece of bread is another obvious choice to serve with lasagna because it’s perfect for sopping up all of the delicious leftover sauce.

Italian breadsticks stacked on wooden cutting board with balsamic olive oil dipping sauce.
Bread Machine Italian Breadsticks
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! 
Pan of sourdough focaccia in large square metal cooking pan on table.
Sourdough Focaccia
This sourdough focaccia is incredibly moist & fluffy with the perfect crust. Flavored with rosemary, garlic oil, and parmesan for the ultimate focaccia bread!
Several slices of 1 hour French bread on rustic wooden cutting board.
1 Hour French Bread
This French Bread recipe takes just one hour from start to finish. It makes two large loaves for only $1.90. Each loaf serves eight people each and will cost just 12¢ per serving! 
Several Rhodes Rolls breadsticks with parmesan stacked on metal baking sheet.
Rhodes Rolls Breadsticks
Rhodes Rolls Breadsticks feature the popular frozen roll dough covered in butter, garlic, and cheese! They're so easy to make and are sure to go quickly at your next family dinner!
Pieces of sea salt and pepper focaccia bread on metal baking sheet.
Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Focaccia
This delicious focaccia bread is so easy to make, has a crispy bottom and fluffy insides, and is beautifully flavored with good extra virgin olive oil, flaky sea salt, and cracked black pepper.
Several pieces of cheesy, crusty pesto garlic bread on wooden cutting board.
Pesto Garlic Bread
Pesto garlic bread features tasty French bread topped with seasoned butter, pesto and parmesan cheese. It's the perfect side dish for lasagna.
Loaf of rosemary and olive bread on table with balsamic olive oil dipping sauce.
Rosemary and Olive Bread
A bakery-style bread, packed with olives and rosemary, you can easily make at home.
Vegan garlic knots with green garnish on blue kitchen towel and plate.
Vegan Garlic Knots
These soft and cheesy vegan garlic knots are easy to whip up quickly because you use store-bought pizza dough for ease. You can choose to make them with or without cheese.
Pieces of focaccia bread with green garnish on round wood cutting board.
No Knead Focaccia Bread
This delicious easy focaccia bread is simple to make and comes out perfect every time. It’s a light and fluffy flatbread bread that can be flavored with any topping you like.
Woman pulls pieces of cheesy French bread apart.
4 Ingredient Cheesy French Bread
You'll only need 4 ingredients to make this delicious cheesy French bread! Whether you serve it with pasta, soup, salad, or meat, it's sure to be star of the meal.
Loaf of no knead artisan bread in white Dutch oven pot with parchment paper.
No Knead Artisan Bread
With just 4 simple ingredients, you can make this No Knead Artisan Bread Recipe. The crust is golden and crackly, while the inside is soft and fluffy.
Pieces of gluten free garlic bread with butter and green herbs on table.
Gluten-Free Sourdough Garlic Bread
This Gluten-Free Sourdough Garlic Bread is a delicious, vegan, and top-8 allergy-free twist on the Italian classic. Using gluten-free sourdough buns, these garlicky delights are ready in 10 minutes!
Pieces of square stuffed cheesy bread with green garnish on parchment paper.
Stuffed Cheesy Bread
Stuffed Cheesy Bread is ready in 15 minutes and it tastes amazing! It is great served with a big slice of lasagna!

Lasagna Appetizers

If you’re looking for a great appetizer that goes with lasagna, try these delicious options!

Caprese salad skewers with red and orange grape tomatoes on wooden cutting board.
Caprese Salad on a Stick
Caprese Salad on a Stick is a 5 ingredient make ahead low carb portable appetizer with garden fresh cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and aged balsamic vinegar. The world's EASIEST appetizer!
Mozzarella cheese sticks on cooling rack and white platter with marinara sauce.
Mozarella Cheese Sticks
These cheese sticks are much healthier than the traditional recipes that require cooking them in a pan filled with oil, because you are cooking them in the Air Fryer instead.
Crispy bruschetta appetizer bites with tomato and cheese on pieces of bread.
Easy Bruschetta
This easy and beautiful Bruschetta recipe is a perfect appetizer to any Italian dinner night. It features garlic, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and basil.
Eggplant rollups on a serving platter with green garnish and pomegranate arils.
Eggplant Rolls with Walnuts
These Georgian Eggplant Rolls With Walnut Filling are a delightfully simple, healthy appetizer. Three ingredients, some artfully chosen spices, and less than an hour of time and you have a vegan treat for the tastebuds with these walnut-stuffed eggplant rolls.
Air fryer stuffed mushrooms topped with green garnish and cheese on plate.
Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms
Air fryer stuffed mushrooms are filled with cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, and topped with cheddar and chives. They’re great as an appetizer or a side dish!


If you want to switch things up from the traditional side salad, these vegetable recipes are the perfect pairings for your favorite lasagna.

Garlic tomato green beans on plate with brown rice and chicken tenders.
Tomato Garlic Italian Green Beans
These Tomato Garlic Italian Green Beans are a great side dish! Packed full of flavor, this green bean recipe is wonderful with lasagna.
Several maple glazed carrots with specks of seasoning on gray serving plate.
Maple Glazed Carrots
These tasty carrots can be whipped up quickly and are cooked on the stove. This makes it easy to prepare a savory side in just 10 minutes.
Zucchini and eggs with parmesan cheese in black frying pan with wood spoon.
10 Minute Scrambled Eggs With Zucchini
Scrambled eggs with zucchini features tender sauteed zucchini, fluffy, peppery eggs, and grated Parmesan cheese. This recipe is perfect for a quick and healthy side dish.
Air fryer green beans topped with flaky salt on white serving plate.
Air Fryer Green Beans
These Air Fryer Green Beans are the perfect mix of easy, quick and oh-so-tasty vegetable treat. The beans are cooked in very little low-calorie cooking oil making them a healthier side.
Large clear glass mixing bowl filled with parsley garnished smashed potatoes on white cloth.
Parsley Potatoes
You can toss out your grandma’s recipe for parsley potatoes, because this new and improved (super easy) and mega buttery parsley potatoes recipe is the best out there!
Bowl of oven roasted purple and white cauliflower with green garnish and lemon on table.
Oven Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower
This beautiful oven-roasted Parmesan cauliflower is as pretty as it is delicious. This vibrant orange and purple cauliflower recipe is tossed with garlic, olive oil, and bright lemon and then finished with nutty parmesan, crunchy walnuts and fresh parsley.
Balsamic green beans with bacon in decorate gray skillet on marble counter.
These balsamic green beans with bacon are an easy 4-ingredient side dish made of perfectly seasoned crisp green beans, crispy bacon and tangy balsamic vinegar.
Bowl of oven roasted brussels sprouts in white dinner bowl with green pattern on table.
Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
If you've never been a fan of brussels sprouts, try this recipe for roasting them and you may change your mind!
Bowl of oven roasted purple radishes next to red and white kitchen towel.
Roasted Radishes
Roasted radishes are a great alternative as a side dish for people that are on paleo or low-carb diets. Because of their flavor and texture, radishes makes a great replacement for potatoes.
Sauteed green beans with lemon zest in skillet next to lemon slices.
Sauteed Green Beans
These Sauteed Green Beans are easy to make and the perfect side dish to serve with lasagna. Fresh green beans (string beans) are sauteed in a skillet and tossed with garlic, lemon zest, Parmesan cheese, and pistachios.
Roasted frozen broccoli with parmesan sprinkle on top on large gray plate.
Roasted Frozen Broccoli
For a super quick and easy last-minute vegetable side, this Roasted Frozen Broccoli is ultra simple and comes out perfectly caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside.


What should you serve with lasagna in the winter?

In the winter months you’ll want warm, comforting sides to accompany the lasagna. Most fresh fruits and vegetables aren’t in season, so you’ll have to get creative with your sides. You can try recipes like:

– Grape salad
The Ultimate Winter Salad
– Green beans
– Brussels sprouts
– Smashed potatoes
– Glazed carrots
Minestrone Soup
– Any bread or rolls

What appetizers goes well with lasagna?

Traditional Italian appetizers that pair well with lasagna are:

– Caprese skewers
– Bruschetta
– Mozzarella sticks
– Roasted eggplant spread
– Focaccia
– Bite-size meatballs
– Salami, olives, and cheese board
– Flatbread pizza
– Panzanella salad
– Fried raviolis
– Crostini
– Zucchini garlic bites

What should you serve with lasagna for Christmas dinner?

If you’re serving lasagna for Christmas dinner you can stick with traditional holiday sides or go for the more authentic Italian route.

If you’re doing holiday sides you should serve:

– Mashed or roasted potatoes
– Gravy
– Cranberry Sauce
– Green bean casserole
– Corn
– Glazed carrots
– Creamy broccoli
– Roasted asparagus
– Rolls
– Pie

If you’re doing authentic Italian sides you should serve:

– Caesar salad
– Minestrone soup
– Tomato salad
– Garlic bread
– Bread sticks
– Crusty bread with oil and vinegar
– Antipasti
– Caprese salad
– Mozzarella sticks
– Tiramisu

I hope you found some great ideas for what to serve with lasagna in this post!


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