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Lasagna, with its layers of pasta, rich tomato sauce, creamy cheese, and savory fillings, stands as a timeless classic in the realm of comfort food. But while the main dish itself is undeniably delicious, choosing the right pairings can take your lasagna dinner party from great to unforgettable. 

Whether you’re hosting a family dinner, a dinner party with friends, or simply craving a cozy night in, here are perfect additions to your dinner table – appetizers, easy side dishes, wines, and desserts that pair perfectly with lasagna.

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Easy Appetizers

  1. Pasta e Fagioli Soup – A cup of soup is a perfect appetizer to an Italian meal.
One Pot Pasta e Fagioli
Pasta e Fagioli aka “Pasta Fazool” is an Italian stew made from pasta and beans. It is a complete meal made in just one pot and is just so incredibly delicious.
Pasta e Fagioli Recipe
Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli Recipe
Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli is a quick and easy way to make my mom’s pasta and beans recipe. Beans, tomatoes, and Italian sausage cook together in the Instant Pot for easy cleanup and tons of flavor.
Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli Recipe
  1. Antipasto Platter: Create a colorful antipasto platter featuring an assortment of cured meats, cheeses, olives, roasted peppers, and marinated artichokes for a taste of Italy alongside your lasagna.
  2. Bruschetta: Toasted baguette slices topped with diced tomatoes, garlic, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze offer a burst of flavor that complements the tomato-based sauce in lasagna.
  3. Stuffed Mushrooms: Serve savory stuffed mushrooms filled with a mixture of breadcrumbs, herbs, and cheese are a delicious appetizer that complements the flavors of lasagna.

Best Lasagna Side Dishes

The best side dishes are usually the ones that are the easiest to make. When you have a hearty main course like lasagna, it is nice to have light side dishes, like salads, vegetables, and bread.

  1. Garlic Bread or Garlic Toast: Let’s start with a classic. You can’t have cheesy lasagna without a side of bread. And it is one of the easiest side dishes to prepare. Freshly baked garlic bread with crispy edges and a soft, buttery center is the ultimate companion to a hearty lasagna. Garlic knots would also be an excellent choice.
Best Garlic Toast Recipe – Quick and Easy
Looking for the Best Garlic Toast Recipe? This super simple garlic bread recipe is loaded with garlic flavor and rich butter, and takes 10 minutes to make!
Garlic Toast Recipe
  1. Caesar Salad: A crisp Caesar salad with crunchy romaine lettuce, tangy Caesar dressing, Parmesan cheese, and seasoned croutons adds a refreshing contrast to the richness of lasagna.
  2. Caprese Salad: Combine slices of juicy tomatoes or fresh cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves drizzled with balsamic glaze for a light and vibrant side dish that complements the flavors of the lasagna.
  3. Simple Salad of spring mix, fresh tomatoes, cucumber, and a homemade dressing of a little olive oil, lemon juice or balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper is an easy and healthy side dish to whip up. You can’t beat a fresh salad. 
Balsamic Vinairgrette
How to Make Balsamic Vinaigrette
5 from 2 votes
Balsamic Vinaigrette is a classic salad dressing that brings a tangy, sweet, and savory flavor to any dish. Whether you're looking for a simple salad dressing or a marinade for your favorite meats and vegetables, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.
Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
  1. Roasted Vegetable Sides: Roasting vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, squash, broccoli, and brussels sprouts brings out their natural sweetness and adds a healthy touch to your meal.
Easy Oven Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Olive Oil
Oven Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Olive Oil is a fresh, quick, and flavorful way to add vegetables to your weeknight dinners. This broccoli is bright, crunchy, and packed with flavor.
Roasted Broccoli Recipe
Oven Roasted Squash Recipe
This Oven Roasted Squash recipe is the perfect side dish for busy summer nights. It is a simple and easy way to cook all kinds of squash with so much flavor!
Roasted Squash Recipe
Sheet Pan Apple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
Bacon, apples, and a dose of apple cider vinegar turns Brussels sprouts into a completely crave-able dish. Have them as a side dish or even a snack!
Roasted Brussels Recipe
  1. Garlic Breadsticks: Serve warm, soft breadsticks brushed with garlic butter and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese for an irresistible side that’s perfect for dipping into marinara sauce.
  2. Cucumber Tomato Salad: Toss together cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and Italian dressing for a light and refreshing side salad.
  3. Roasted Cauliflower: Roasted cauliflower florets tossed with garlic, Parmesan cheese, and parsley offer a flavorful and low-carb side option.
Roasted Cauliflower
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon and Garlic is easy to prepare and is so buttery and delicious. An oven-roasted cauliflower head can be the star of the show or a healthy side dish.
Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

One of my favorite lasagna recipes is a vegetarian lasagna, so an easy side dish of Italian sausage to add more protein to the meal is a good option. You can cook it in the oven or air fryer while the lasagna heats up.

A white plate with cooked air fryer Italian sausage on it. Some whole and some cut.
How to Air Fry Italian Sausage
5 from 1 vote
Making Italian Sausage in the Air Fryer is a quick and easy way to cook sausage without heating up the whole house or dirtying a bunch of pots and pans. Sausages come out perfectly cooked and juicy – ready to add to a pasta dish, peppers & onions, pizza, or a salad.
Air Fryer Italian Sausage
Oven-cooked, sliced Italian sausage on a white cutting board.
How to Cook Italian Sausage in the Oven
4.67 from 6 votes
Have you ever wondered about How to Cook Italian Sausage in the Oven? It is so easy to make and requires almost no effort or cleanup. Baked Italian Sausage is always cooked perfectly and comes out so juicy!
Baked Italian Sausage

Wine Pairings

If you are enjoying a tomato-based lasagna, a Barbera D’Asti, Lambrusco (Paltrinieri Lambrusco di Sorbara), or Chianti Classico would be a good choice.

The Barbera is a high-acid wine, so matching it with a tomato-based dish like lasagna is the perfect pairing. (It is also an excellent wine to pair with pizza.)


To close out your lasagna meal, you of course are wondering what dessert to serve with lasagna? An Italian dessert would be the ideal choice – something cool and refreshing with fruit would be perfect, like a sorbet or fruit gelato. You could also make a tiramisu, ice cream pie, Angel Food Cake Strawberry Shortcake, or cannoli. 

Two angel food cake strawberry shortcakes in stemless wine glasses topped with whipped cream.
Strawberry Shortcake
4.84 from 12 votes
Strawberry Shortcake is a great summer dessert using bright fresh berries. Light & sweet angel food cake is toasted and layered with whipped cream, which is a delicious twist on the typical strawberry shortcake recipe.
Angel Food Cake Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
A slice of ice cream pie on a plate with a spoon and two strawberries next to the pie
Ice Cream Pie
5 from 4 votes
This delicious and creamy pie is quick and easy to make.  It makes the perfect dessert for any chocolate or ice cream lover!
Ice cream pie recipe

With these delicious lasagna pairings, you can elevate your lasagna dinner and create a memorable dining experience for family and friends.

Whether you prefer classic accompaniments or adventurous twists, there’s something for everyone to enjoy alongside this classic Italian dish. So gather around the table, indulge in a comforting meal, and savor the joy of good food and great company.

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