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What to Serve with Lasagna – Your Guide to Side Dishes

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When you’re getting your closest friends together and want to serve a classic meal the question is: “What to serve with lasagna”? Imagine inviting your close-knit group of friends over, where you’re all cozied up around the dining table, shared laughter bubbling up effortlessly. This isn’t just a get-together, it’s a close-knit gathering. And what’s that magnificent aroma wafting in and making everyone’s mouth water? That’s right, the star of the evening, our real showstopper – it’s your lasagna.

Lasagna’s not just about the heavenly cheese or soft layers of pasta – it’s about the ensemble. The sumptuous sauce and the cheese playing peek-a-boo with your fork gets everyone in the right mood. Not to mention, you can make all of this ahead of time, so you’re free to join the fun!

But wait, the lasagna isn’t here to hog the limelight. We’ve got a supporting cast that’s equally tantalizing!

Let’s dish on the lasagna sides!

Garlic bread:

Can’t do without it! Either take a shortcut with prepared garlic bread or roll up your sleeves and get it homemade. A slather of garlic butter and a shake of parsley, toasted to perfection – simply yum!

Mozzarella Sticks:

I challenge you to resist some hot, gooey mozzarella sticks. Serve ’em alongside marinara sauce and watch them disappear.

Veggie Sticks:

For something on the lighter side, how about colorful veggie sticks paired with a lip-smacking ranch dressing or a robust hummus? Yes, please!

Caprese salad with mozzarella cheese, basil, and balsamic drizzle on a cutting board.

Why stop at one lasagna side dish? More the merrier, right?

Veggie Skewers:

Ever tried grilled veggie skewers? Start with everyday veggies like zucchini, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and button mushrooms, give ’em a balsamic and herb marinade, then grill ’em up. It’s an explosion of flavors.

Stuffed Mushrooms:

Surprise your friends with stuffed mushrooms. Golden and crisp on the outside, and packed with robust flavors on the inside, they’re a treat unto themselves.

Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil herb leaves in plate on the white wooden table. Caprese salad. Italian food. Top view

What’s dinner without a salad?

Caprese Salad

A Caprese salad, maybe? It is simplicity at its finest, providing a cool, fresh contrast to our lasagna’s rich, hearty flavors. Fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, fragrant basil…I rest my case.

Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil herb leaves in plate on the white wooden table. Caprese salad. Italian food. Top view

Roast Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

And to add a dash of color and a burst of flavor, try out a refreshing roasted beet and goat cheese salad. It’s sure to bring your guests back for seconds.

Ceaser Salad

If you’re a fan of the classics, you can’t go wrong with a Caesar salad. A bit of grilled chicken or avocado slices can give it your unique touch.

Antipasto Salad

Get creative with an antipasto platter or maybe an Italian chopped salad. The secret is in the simple ingredients that make every bite a party in your mouth.

A photo of a antipasto salad with cured meats, cheese, artichoke hearts, olives, and tomatoes

“Hosting a lasagna dinner party is like painting on a blank canvas. Every dish you serve adds a splash of color to your dinner masterpiece”.

JJ Rose

And then, there’s dessert.

Wrap things up with a classic Tiramisu or a Cannoli. Both can be prepped ahead, (or purchased ahead and placed on a pretty plate) and trust me, these desserts are the perfect sweet note to end an enchanting evening.

It’s all about the sides….

Figuring out what to serve with lasagna is all about taking ordinary things and elevating them into something extraordinary with your unique touch. So go ahead, dive into the endless possibilities. Believe me, you’ll create a night so memorable that it’ll keep on giving long after your guests have left. And always remember, you got this!

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