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What to serve with meatballs (19 sides that can make your eyes pop!)

If you think that you were only born to be served along with a plate of pasta and tomato sauce, then it’s time you rethink your life’s purpose! There’s a whole lot of meatball world out there, and it’s way bigger than just topping it on your pasta. 

It’s finger food that has so much to offer. It’s scrumptious and pretty addicting! With the right complementary side items, you’ll turn this simple appetizer into something your whole family can agree on. 

But what goes with meatballs? Don’t stress out! Today, I’ll share this compilation featuring sides that can boost the flavor profile and texture of your favorite meatball dishes.  

Here are my top 19 meatball side dishes you must unlock and include in your recipe box!

1. Red roasted potatoes

The crispy and starchy texture of these red roasted potatoes is the reason they’re a fantastic partner to your meatballs, especially the creamy ones. 

That natural potato flavor, together with its perfectly golden color, makes this recipe a delight to everyone. Though it takes a few minutes to put together, it’s well worth the wait! 

Apart from meatballs, these potatoes also work well with meatloaf. 

Here’s the recipe.

2. Egg noodles

If you haven’t tried Swedish meatballs in a creamy sauce with egg noodles, then you’re missing out on something truly divine!

Packed with simple yet crucial ingredients, this comfort food is your key to achieve that hearty meatball feast you always wanted. Combine the flour, milk, and salt, then cut the dough into noodles. Cook it in boiling water for up to seven minutes. 

It’s also perfect alongside beef stroganoff and chicken noodle soup.

Get the recipe here.

3. Cilantro lime rice

You don’t need to be fancy to have a hearty and satisfying meatball feast. A bowl of simple yet delectable cilantro lime rice should do the trick!

It features a bright and zesty flavor coming from cilantro and lime. Add a little more flavor to the rice by sauteing it with onion and garlic. 

This dish is perfect when accompanied with cream-based meatballs and Hawaiian, fruit-glazed meatballs. 

Here’s the recipe.

4. Sauteed green beans

Are greens boring? Well, certainly not with meatballs! My very own sauteed green beans work like a charm along with Asian-inspired meatballs, especially the sweet and sour ones. 

The crunchiness and tenderness of the beans are enough to harmonize the texture of the meatballs. Plus, sauteing them doesn’t take long after all. If you cook them on medium-high heat, they should be ready in 10 minutes or less.

More details about this recipe here.

5. Mashed potatoes

A delicious, creamy, and fluffy mashed potato is delicious on its own, but pairing with Swedish or Salisbury meatballs creates an exciting combination of flavors in your mouth. 

My mashed potatoes take a bit of care, love, and effort to create, but the result is truly worthwhile! 

If you prefer saucy meatballs, then partner them with cranberry or barbecue meatballs. 

Check out this recipe.

6. Spinach salad

Another way to bring out your meatballs’ best flavors is to serve them along with spinach salad. You heard it right!

This salad features essential ingredients such as bacon, mushrooms, eggs, and bacon vinaigrette–all of which can complement the meatballs’ flavors. If you still have time, prepare a rotisserie chicken to jazz things up!

Get the recipe here.

7. Udon

Spaghetti and meatballs? Boring! You should give a shot pairing udon noodles with Asian meatballs at your next meal!

Creating this udon recipe requires two key components: the noodles and the sauce. Prepare the honey, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, herbs, spices, and sesame oil for the sauce. And don’t forget to secure udon noodles, carrots, scallions, and sesame seeds for toppings. 

More details here.

8. No-rice stuffed bell peppers

This recipe isn’t your typical stuffed bell peppers. Traditionally, stuffed peppers are filled with ground beef, cheese, tomatoes, and rice. 

What’s unique about this version is its Italian touch and absence of the rice. So it’s a perfect dish to satisfy your cravings for stuffed bell peppers while you’re on a low-carb diet program.

The best part? It goes well with your Italian meatballs! 

Here’s the recipe.

9. Sauteed broccoli

This sauteed broccoli is one of the easiest recipes to make in this collection. It’s also downright flavorful and takes only 15 minutes to put together. 

You can try mixing two different flavors, such as chili peppers and lemon juice. Or include sauteed garlic for richer flavor and aroma. Pair it with Hawaiian meatballs, and your dinner is all set!

10. Cauliflower rice

If you aren’t in the mood for rice, then this recipe is perfect for you! An ideal substitute for rice, this dish features a mild taste that easily pairs up with other flavors and recipes, especially your meatballs. 

Making cauliflower rice is pretty straightforward. Plus, you can jazz up the dish with herbs, spices, and ingredients of your choice. 

Here’s the recipe.

12. Roasted asparagus

Roasted asparagus is an incredibly versatile dish that’s sweet, snappy, and irresistible. Expect a party in your mouth when you combine this crunchy veggie with some rich and creamy Swedish meatballs. 

What I love about roasting asparagus is it allows to caramelize the veggie’s skin, adding a delectable taste and texture. Salt and pepper are the default seasoning for it, but if you feel adventurous, go with red pepper flakes, smoked salt, and cayenne. Or sprinkle grated parmesan and drizzle balsamic vinegar for a cheesy flavor. 

Check out the recipe here.

13. Corn on the cob

A summer get-together isn’t complete without the smell of beautifully charred, golden yellow corn on the cobs. It’s an addicting dish that is a favorite of kids and adults alike. It goes with many recipes, including barbecue meatballs too!

I tried pairing the corn with barbecue meatballs, and I couldn’t stop consuming this combo. Serve it at your family and watch your loved ones go crazy with it!

Unlock three cooking methods of this dish here.

14. Sauteed zucchini

This quick and easy recipe for sauteed zucchini is perfect for busy evenings when you need a simple yet delicious meatball side dish. From start to finish, you can have a heavenly side in less than 15 minutes. Quick and easy!

Sauteed zucchini is more delicious with parmesan on top and served with meatballs. 

Get the recipe here.

15. Caesar salad

A bowl of caesar salad is all you need to transform your meatball dish into something extraordinary. It has a mixture of creamy and tangy flavor profiles, so it’s great with buffalo meatballs. 

This version of caesar salad, however, doesn’t include egg and anchovy. But the flavor is still topnotch! Also, it has endless possibilities when it comes to variations. 

Up your game on Caesar salad by adding chopped crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs, grilled chicken chunks, and radishes. 

Here’s the recipe.

16. Roasted brussels sprouts

Imagine having roasted brussels sprouts and barbecue meatballs for dinner. Oh-la-la! 

Once you tried this combo, you won’t ever go back to that bland spaghetti-meatball mix. The veggie also tastes fantastic with traditional flavors such as Salisbury and Swedish meatballs. 

Get the recipe here.

17. Glazed carrots

There are many side dishes I love having around with my meatballs. One of my favorites is this glazed carrots recipe. It’s versatile, sweet, and uber tender!

This is an excellent recipe, especially for those times when you’re busy, and you simply have no time to prep and cook complex recipes. 

So if you already consume much time cooking your meatballs, picking this side dish is a must!

Here’s the recipe.

18. Ratatouille

This simple ratatouille recipe consists of eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini, grape tomatoes, fresh herbs, white wine, and red pepper flakes. You’ll be impressed how this straightforward dish partners well with your Italian meatballs and crusty baguette. 

It’s hearty and bursting with exciting flavors, making it my go-to dish during summertime!

Get the recipe here.

19. Broccoli salad

If you love pairing your meatballs with salad, then you should include this recipe in your next meal. Broccoli salad is ultimately simple to put together, and concocting it in advance is possible. 

It has a bunch of recipe variations too! Incorporate almond slices, dried cranberries, carrots, red grapes, or Greek yogurt if you want it even creamier. 

Unlock this recipe here.

The bottom line

There’s no specific rule to follow when you’re choosing side items for your meatballs – as long as they won’t overpower their flavor and texture; they should also complement the overall taste of the dish!

So the next time you’re planning to have a gathering, take out spaghetti off your list and pick some of these meatballs’ sides instead. Trust me, they should make a HUGE difference!

19 meatball side dishes

19 meatball side dishes

This CookingChew compilation features side items that can complement the flavor profile and texture of your favorite meatball dishes.


  • Red roasted potatoes
  • Egg noodles
  • Cilantro lime rice
  • Sauteed green beans
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Spinach salad
  • Udon
  • No-rice stuffed bell peppers
  • Sauteed broccoli
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Roasted asparagus
  • Corn on the cob
  • Sauteed zucchini
  • Caesar salad
  • Roasted brussels sprouts
  • Glazed carrots
  • Ratatouille
  • Greek salad


  1. Pick three sides you want to try 
  2. Gather the ingredients 
  3. Make all of them and serve them at your family table
  4. Tell us your favorites
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