What To Serve With Meatballs (25 Best Sides)

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Looking for ideas on what to serve with meatballs? Browse our list of 25 amazing sides, from comforting classics to light, healthy choices, perfect for rounding out your meatball feast!

Includes recipes suitable for gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian diets. Weight Watchers points provided in some recipes.

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Are you wondering what to serve with meatballs? You’re in the right place! I’ve got 25 fabulous side dishes that include a mix of hearty classics, light and healthy options, and even a few unexpected twists to keep things interesting.

Whether you’re in the mood for comfort food or looking for something a bit lighter, I’ve got all your sides covered. And, if you are looking for some meatball recipes, try one of these – Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs, Chicken Meatballs, or these Baked Turkey Meatballs.

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I’ve even got great ways to Cook Frozen Meatballs, how to Make Meatballs and how to Freeze Meatballs. So, if you have wondered what to eat with meatballs, you are now covered!

Tips for Great Meatballs

  • Combine those ingredients, but do it gently. Overworking the mix can lead to tough meatballs.
  • Chilling your meatball mix before shaping helps everything stick together better and keeps the fat from melting before cooking.
  • Whether you’re a fan of golf-ball-sized meatballs or prefer them smaller, keeping them uniform in size ensures they cook evenly. Nobody wants a half-cooked meatball. I use a cookie scoop, and it works wonders.
  • Giving your meatballs a good sear before simmering them in sauce locks in flavor and adds that irresistible crunch. Trust me on this one!
  • Whether simmering in tomato sauce, gravy, or a fancy concoction, cooking meatballs in the sauce adds moisture and flavor that baking alone can’t match.
  • Traditional beef is great, but why stop there? Mix up your meats with turkey or chicken,
  • You can also add unexpected spices like this Shawarma Seasoning Spice or add different herbs. You choose!

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Now that you’ve got the inside scoop (pun intended) on how to make delicious meatballs, read on to learn what to eat with meatballs!

25 Tasty Sides For Meatballs

Tips For Success

  • Cook once, eat all week: Batch cooking and storing your meals in airtight containers to use throughout the week can help save both time and money.
  • Invest in flavor: keeping your pantry stocked with good quality spices and seasonings makes it easy to add amazing flavor and color to all sorts of recipes.
  • Make your appliances do the work: Use countertop appliances like an air fryer, slow cooker, and Instant Pot to reduce the amount of hands-on cooking time needed.

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What To Serve With Meatballs

Wondering what to serve with meatballs? Check out our top 25 tasty sides.
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • Choose your side for your meatballs.
  • Round up your ingredients.
  • Make your sides and enjoy them with your meatballs.
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