What to serve with pasta bake
Pasta bakes are a hearty and warming meal, usually filled with a serving of meat and an abundance of vegetables. But if you want to add some variety to your dinner, a side dish or two will come in handy.
The classic addition of green salad adds a pop of colour to your meal and definitely lightens things up. You could always keep it plain, but why not add more flavour with these salad ideas:
We love spaghetti Bolognese with garlic bread, so there’s no reason it shouldn’t be a natural pair for a saucy or creamy pasta bake. And while you’re at it, dinner rolls or a slice of sourdough would work too.
- Avocado, Garlic and Cheese Pull-Apart Bread
A few honey-glazed carrots or pot of bacon-y peas and mushrooms is a great way to pack an extra serve of veggies into your dinner.
Grain or legume salad
When you’re after something a little bit heartier than a green salad, delve into these options to kick it up a notch. They’re nice and filling but the tangy dressing stops the meal from becoming too rich.
More recipe ideas
Now that you have side ideas for your pasta bake, check out some delicious pasta bake recipes:
This pull-apart is made from egg bread, which makes these dinner rolls richer and more tender!
These cheesy little bites are perfect for swiping up any leftover sauce from your pasta bake.
This side is great because you can pop these honey-mustard roasted veggies into the oven to cook at the same time as the pasta bake.
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