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What To Serve With Eggplant Parmesan: 17 Unique, Irresistible Sides

What To Serve With Eggplant Parmesan: 17 Unique, Irresistible Sides

Confused about what to serve with the Eggplant Parmesan on the dinner table tonight with the whole family?

I have a heck of a time thinking of what to have with my Eggplant Parmigiana that isn’t pasta. So what’s a good Eggplant parmesan side dish to have a more satisfying and hearty meal?

Well, wonder no more. A little research and we got super excited to show you what we found: 17 too-good-to-be-true Eggplant parmesan sides that you might not have tried before.  

For a spotlight on this illustrious main, Eggplant Parmesan first originated in Italy and eventually spread around the world, creating so many versions of the original. 

Considered a true classic Italian dish, it has other versions such as the Italian-American breaded version. 

There are so many ways to prepare the eggplant rounds, such as baking or grilling. 

Let me know what you think when you get down to our favorite side, #14, a copycat soup recipe. Bonus points if you can name the restaurant it’s from!

Let’s get started with our top 17 best side dishes and what to serve with eggplant parmesan besides pasta.

On top of our list for what goes with eggplant parmesan is our homemade garlic bread. 

With lots of parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, and plenty of garlic, this warm, toasty and buttery recipe is very tasty and just perfect for your eggplant parmesan recipe. 

Making the garlic bread extra tasty and full of aroma is the garlic butter. To make it really sumptuous, use two kinds of garlic: 6 cloves of garlic and garlic powder. 

You can make the garlic bread warm by wrapping them in foil and placing them in the oven at the lowest temperature. 

Awesome when served with the crispy Eggplant Parmesan on the dinner table.

Just in time for the colder season ahead, these garlic knots are easy and quick to prepare. 

Eating not one but many of these soft, chewy, golden brown rolls can be a meal by itself, and the heavier the garlic, the more rave reviews they get.

Best served as an easy side dish with the tender Eggplant Parmesan for any occasion or any time of the year for that matter.

There’s another way of cooking broccoli if you’re tired of doing the same old way over and over again. 

Roasting it together with smashed garlic!

The aroma of both garlic and broccoli roasting will be so irresistible it will make everyone in the house  hungry.

Simple yet elegant, it goes perfectly well with a baked eggplant parmesan on any occasion!

Excellent for the weeknight dinner table, this healthy broccolini recipe is also perfect as a side dish if you’re still pondering what goes with your eggplant parmesan. 

This easy recipe of garlic butter sauteed broccolini takes only 15 minutes to prepare.

Simmered with Italian marinade, the delectable Italian Green Beans are made from fresh green beans, bacon, onion, red, yellow, and green bell peppers. 

Don’t forget to try this recipe if you want good food to delightfully surprise your guests!

Just don’t forget to garnish with cashews before serving. 

Another aromatic comfort food idea for a quick side dish for dinner and even for the holidays.

So easy to cook and fast too! Just under 10 minutes!

Just put the sweet corn in the microwave for about 45 to 50 seconds.

And while it’s inside the microwave, stir together the ricotta cheese, butter, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Put in the microwave when the corn is cooling down.

Mix and stir both the Ricotta Cheese Mixture and the Sweet Corn. Done.

Best topped with honey vinaigrette. A truly unique salad.

Filled with grapes, walnuts, and feta , it tastes delightfully sweet and salty. 

Fits perfectly on the dining table with the Eggplant Parmesan.

Never thought that sauteed spinach goes well with Eggplant Parmesan as a fine side dish.

If you want, you can get creative and  saute it with garlic and mushrooms.

Further still, you can add wine, garlic, bell pepper, onion or anything that you can come up with. Spinach is such a healthy and versatile ingredient.

🌿 How to store spinach and keep it fresh for longer 🌿

Sexy and beautiful, that’s how we describe the Caprese Salad.     

A classic side dish, this special salad recipe consists mainly of fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, fresh rosemary, fresh basil leaves, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin oil, salt, and pepper. 

Be sure to use fresh basil leaves instead of dried and ripe tomatoes as well as fresh mozzarella to get the maximum and full taste.

It has a rich and nice flavor. You will love cooking and preparing them again and again!

🥗 Caprese salad skewers recipe (with balsamic glaze) 🥗

Get creative and make the usual roasted asparagus luscious and delicious by wrapping it up with Prosciutto!

An amazing appetizer and finger food, it brings out the flavor of both the sweetness of roasted asparagus and the salty flavor of the prosciutto.

🥬 How to cook asparagus: 5 of the simplest techniques 🥬

Many of us love preparing and eating Caesar Salad because of its creamy, tangy dressing and fresh greens and herbs that go into it.

For those who want their salad anchovy- and egg-free, we have especially included this recipe for that purpose.

Another secret to making the most out of your Caesar Salad is to refrigerate it before serving.

Crunchy and flavorful, the lemon and Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts is an excellent side dish.

So simple yet so good. The secret? 

 A combination of lemon, garlic, salt, a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, and balsamic vinegar.

Naturally thickened without the need for cream cheese, it’s so full of rich and aromatic homemade marinara sauce flavors that even kids love.

Slow-roasted tomatoes with a hint of garlic and a kick of fresh basil. 

Easy to make and quick too! In just less than 30 minutes. 

Great as a side dish and for vegans as well.

A soup so rich and heavenly, it’s made with Italian sausage, potatoes, and hearty kale. 

I don’t mind it’s a copycat of a famous soup but I do admit its taste is divine.

Soup fit for a king (or a queen, for that matter).

Perfect as a healthy side dish or even as a light lunch. 

Salad first for a vegan, the Easy Kale Salad Recipe is full of fresh veggies, tangy lemon dressing, crunchy nuts and sweet raisins.

Fresh, delicious, easy to make, and can be prepared ahead for the next day’s lunch or meal.

16. Beets 6 Ways!

Do you know that beets can be an excellent side dish? 

And cooking (or microwaving) them is ultra fast at just 6 minutes?

We know that beets are not only good for garnishes in salads or powdered for smoothies. 

Roasted or pickled, this root veg is quite versatile.

🧑🏽‍🍳 How to Cook Beets in the Microwave

Excellent eaten raw as a snack or in a smoothie, 

Carrots are vitamin rich vegetables and are a side dish to dinners and any other occasion.

Cooking them in a microwave is even a lot easier and quicker and extracts their rich and earthy flavor.

🥕 How to store carrots in 3 different ways 🥕

The bottom line

We learned from this article that there are a lot of amazingly simple to cook and quick to prepare side dishes to go with the Eggplant Parmesan on the dining table. 

You will never see the same old Eggplant Parmesan again when paired or eaten together with these beautiful and flavorful side dishes.

What To Serve With Eggplant Parmesan

What To Serve With Eggplant Parmesan 🍆

A delightful collection of 17 mouth-watering sides for eggplant parmesan—excellent for your discriminating taste!


  • Garlic Bread
  • Garlic Knots Recipe
  • Broccolini With Garlic Butter
  • Italian Green Beans
  • Rosemary Ricotta Corn Recipe
  • Grape and Feta Kale Salad
  • Sauteed Spinach
  • Caprese Salad Recipe (With Balsamic Reduction)
  • Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
  • Anchovy and Egg-Free Caesar Salad
  • Lemon And Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup
  • Zuppa Toscana Copycat (Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup)
  • Easy Kale Salad With Lemon Dressing
  • Beets (How to cook them)
  • Carrots (How to cook them)


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