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    The 25 BEST Sides for Spaghetti

    What goes with spaghetti? We’re glad you asked!

    We love spaghetti, it’s one of our favorite comfort foods. Whether you’re going with basic Spaghetti with Meat Sauce or branching out and trying Pesto Spaghetti, it’s always a great meal.

    To help round out your dinner, we’ve compile this list of great Sides for Spaghetti. From salads to breads to soups, and even some unique ideas you may not have thought of this list packs a huge variety.

    Cook your way through all of these amazing spaghetti side dishes, and make your pasta night the best ever!

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    Sides for Spaghetti

    1. Caesar Salad

    If you want to master your salad game, this easy Caesar Salad recipe is a MUST!

    Perhaps the most famous and popular salad on the planet, Caesar is so simple, yet so tasty. All you need is lettuce, crotons, parm cheese, and an awesome dressing.

    It’s one of the all time top sides for spaghetti!

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    2. No Knead Bread

    This artisan quality bread can happen very fast and is super duper simple. You end up with a thick crispy crust and a chewy center with big fat holes like sourdough!

    It’s very forgiving and only takes 3 minutes of active effort. Now that sounds unbelievable, right? Not so. Try it yourself today.

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    3. Antipasto Salad

    If you always hover over the antipasto bar in your grocery store, this salad is for you.

    It’s full of different flavors and textures from salami, tomatoes, artichokes, pepperoni, olives and cheeses with a delicious homemade Italian dressing. YUM!

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    4. Ribollita

    It doesn’t get better than a satisfying pot of Ribollita, a classic Tuscan soup that’s made with white beans, vegetables and hearty day old bread.

    And you will love the rich Italian flavors, thanks to a couple of herbs and little parmesan cheese magic. Perfect starter for spaghetti night.

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    5. Caponata

    You will love the combination of savory, sweet and tart flavors in this creamy eggplant caponata, with summer veggies like onion, tomatoes, olives and more!

    Serve it on crusty bread along with your spaghetti.

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    6. Zuppa Toscana

    This delicious and comforting soup is based on the version made famous by Olive Garden. But I don’t want to call it a copycat… because this home made version is much better!

    Once you try it, you’ll be cooking it all the time.

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    7. Pipirrana Salad

    Here to celebrate tomato season this summer is a tribute to all those luscious summer tomatoes, ripening on the vines in warm sunshine.

    Mixed with just a few more cool crunchies, and you have yet another colorful popular traditional salad. It’s one of our favorite sides for spaghetti.

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    8. Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad with Pesto

    Spring and summer demand colorful, light, refreshing salads. So here it is our Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad, but with major flavor bender… delicious basil pesto dressing.

    This one is there for you to brighten up any meal!

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    9. Wedge Salad

    How about this classic wedge salad. Fresh, crispy and delicious. And it’s just so easy to make.

    It’s one of the most classic salad recipes for good reason!

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    10. Cherry Tomato Gratin

    This Cherry Tomato gratin is the newest star on your dinner table. It’s the perfect combination of easy, tasty and pretty.

    You’ll want to gobble it up before the guests arrive!

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    11. Meatballs

    Spaghetti and meatballs… don’t they just go hand in hand, don’t they?

    This recipe has your favorite little spheres delicately seasoned and smothered in the most amazing tomato sauce. Big YUM!

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    12. Cherry Tomato Confit

    Bunches of cherry tomatoes, heavy glugs of olive oil, a handful of garlic cloves, a few herbs… That’s all you need for this beauty coming out of your oven… Cherry Tomato Confit!!

    Luxuriously soft, melt-in-your mouth, juicy and bright flavor bombs. Welcome this summer delight into your life and it will add savory sweet deliciousness to any dish.

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    13. Roasted Asparagus

    This easy Roasted Asparagus recipe only take five minutes of hands on time, and adds an elegant touch to your plate. 

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    14. Italian Cannellini Beans

    Yet another smashing side dish that will become your new family favorite is this Italian Cannellini Beans recipe!

    It’s made with creamy, buttery beans with lots of herbs, garlic, tomatoes, and parmesan, and is simply busting with delicious flavors. So good!

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    15. Cheesy Garlic Bread

    This Cheesy Garlic Bread is soft on the inside and super crispy on the edges.

    It’s slathered in the perfect amount of garlic and butter, then a blend of two cheeses, mozzarella and parmesan, is sprinkled on top. YUMMM…

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    16. Mozzarella Sticks

    Craving some cheesy gooey goodness? Then make these Homemade Mozzarella Sticks at home, and you will wonder why you never did before!

    This remarkably easy recipe is too good to be true. So dazzle yourself and your family with these wonderfully crispy, gooey, extra cheesy sticks.

    They’ll be one of your go-to sides for spaghetti.

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    17. Bruschetta

    This classy Italian dish is just too good with fresh and simple ingredients, and goes great with spaghetti.

    A great appetizer to serve at summer parties or get-togethers, everyone will surely love it.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    18. Ciabatta Bread

    Authentic Italian Ciabatta Bread, meaning slipper bread, is is made with an overnight starter. It’s cooked on a pizza stone.

    This Italian bread is a lovely addition to your spaghetti night.

    Get the Recipe @ ciaoflorentina

    19. Italian Green Beans

    Make the most magical Italian side dish with this Italian Green Beans recipe!

    These flavorful and fresh beans are perfectly coated with breadcrumbs, parmesan, and other mixings, and gets ready in just 15 minutes. Too yummy…

    Get the Recipe @ keytomylime

    20. Grilled Eggplant with Gremolata and Tomatoes

    Yet another dazzling spaghetti side dish to impress your family and friend is this Grilled Eggplant with Gremolata and Tomatoes!

    Gremolata is a delicious and vibrant Italian dressing that uplifts the perfectly grilled eggplant and tomatoes to another level of goodness.

    Get the Recipe @ feastingathome

    21. Focaccia Bread

    Make Italian classic Focaccia Bread at home with this superb recipe!

    Just follow some tips and tricks and make the most perfect light and airy herbed focaccia bread, which is great as a side dish, or to make a delicious sandwich.

    Get the Recipe @ ohsweetbasil

    22. Creamy Garlic Mushrooms

    These Creamy Garlic Mushrooms are ridiculously easy to make, and are so versatile. Serve them next to your spaghetti!, the pairing is beautiful.

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

    23. Pesto Dinner Rolls

    Try these tasty Pesto Dinner Rolls, and give a break to your regular rolls. They’re just too good to be true.

    They are super simple to make with delicious pesto flavors which taste super yummy.

    Get the Recipe @ cloudykitchen

    24. Italian Kale White Bean Orzo Soup

    Here’s simple and humble recipe that is beautifully flavored with a lemon rosemary broth.

    Serve this Italian soup next to spaghetti, and your dinner table will have a double dose of comfort food!

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    25. Fried Calamari

    Fried calamari… As well as being the most popular way to cook squid, it’s also one of the most popular Italian restaurant appetizers.

    This recipe will teach you how to cook it perfectly, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

    Get the Recipe @ dinnerathezoo

    So there you go, twenty five great sides for spaghetti. Which one will you try first?

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    25 BEST Sides for Spaghetti

    This collection of easy Sides for Spaghetti includes plenty of pairings to take your pasta night to the next level of delicious! We love this simple 4 ingredient bread:


    • 3 cups flour
    • 2 tsp instant yeast
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 1.5 cups water


    1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add water and mix until you have an even consistency.
    2. Cover bowl and rest on counter 3 hours.
    3. Place large (mine is 7 quart) dutch oven in oven and pre heat to 450°F.
    4. Dust flour on work surface and scrape dough onto surface. Dust more flour atop dough. Fold in the edges and work the dough into a rough ball shape.
    5. Place ball onto parchment paper and transfer to bowl. If oven is not yet preheated, place dish towel over bowl.
    6. When oven is pre heated, remove dutch oven. Place dough, along with parchment paper, inside. Cover and return to oven. Bake 30 minutes.
    7. Remove lid and bake another 20 minutes, until bread has a nice golden color.
    8. Set bread on rack and let rest 15 minutes before slicing.

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