The meatball sub is one highly appreciated sandwich, so what sides can you serve with it that will make it even more appealing? Whatever combination of meatballs, cheese, and sauce you prefer, we have some delicious foods for What Goes with Meatball Subs!
To elevate this hearty and succulent sandwich, I recommend you go with a lighter side dish, rich in veggies.
With that said, it’s okay to enjoy a comfort meal now and then. In that case, some fries or onion rings will hit the spot. And there are more delicious sides I’m sure will become family favorites!
🥯 Why You’ll Love These Recipes
Easy | When eating a sub, you are going to gravitate to something quick and easy. Whether you want homemade fries, salads or veggies, we’ve got you covered.
Quick | We don’t have a lot of time to spare when making the saucy subs so pick one of these quick sides that will be ready in a flash. Many of the recipes are under 15 minutes.
Family Friendly | Families loves a good sub sandwich so make sure to pair the sides with ones that even the little ones won’t hesitate eating.
Plenty of work goes into making yummy meatball subs. A quick side like this veggie-rich pasta salad can be easily scaled to feed a crowd.
It’s inexpensive, delicious, and includes many fresh vegetables like green onions, cucumbers, and bell peppers.
Of course, you can always swap some ingredients and create a new version of this salad.
The filling meatball subs have plenty of protein to be a stand-alone meal. Lightening it up with a vegetarian Caesar salad is a simple way to add more nutrition to the table.
With a tasty vinaigrette and a few ingredients, try this salad next to other meat-based main dishes as well.
Red Cabbage And Carrot Slaw
Coleslaw is one of the universal side dishes. If you step away from the classic recipe, you will surprise your guests, and in a good way!
Try this red cabbage and carrot slaw with a tangy and savory apple cider vinaigrette. It will make those meatball subs go down much easier.
Healthy food has gotten a bad rap regarding taste. I think there are plenty of ways to create something flavorful made with natural ingredients and this beet salad is proof.
Roasted beets, arugula, pistachios, goat cheese, and cranberries covered in a classic vinegar and Dijon mustard dressing sounds like a dreamy recipe to try!
Add some crunch to your meatball subs with these super easy homemade tortilla chips!
They’re baked in the oven, so you can enjoy a delicious side with far less oil than the fried version.
Can a frozen snack taste like a homemade one? You’ll be surprised how magic the Air Fryer can be!
With just eight minutes needed to get a crispy, golden exterior, you can make these jalapeño poppers whenever you need a fast snack or side.
Potatoes are a healthy veggie, oil being the culprit among the ingredients used in French fries. Baking them instead will give you a great crisp and far less oil.
If you didn’t try this before, don’t skip the garlic and Parmesan seasoning. It will give your fries a unique, rich flavor.
One way to be absolutely sure people will love your meatballs subs even more is to add some onion rings next to them.
The secret to making crispy, flaky onion rings is the batter. It’s extremely easy to make it and this recipe will get you perfect results!
Buttered noodles are as tasty as they are quick to make. I realize a 2-ingredient side might seem too bland.
It’s actually perfect next to a hearty dish like meatball subs. The mild butter flavor perfectly complements these classic sandwiches.
Meatball subs are very filling, so it makes sense to pair them with a lighter side dish.
When you are in a rush to put dinner on the table, try our Parmesan roasted green beans. They’re very healthy and the oven will do most of them work!
Grilling Brussels sprouts gives them a unique flavor that will surely convince even the pickiest eaters.
You can grill Brussels sprouts on skewers or in a grilling basket after blanching them. This step is needed to make sure the sprouts cook all the way through without burning.
Any meat-based main will pair wonderfully with some delicious roasted sweet potatoes.
This recipe uses a classic combination of garlic, smoked paprika, and onion powder most people enjoy.
I love experimenting with my seasonings, and this is definitely a recipe that lets you try some new combinations.
Potato chips are undeniably one of the best comfort foods, although not waist-friendly.
A healthier alternative is roasting veggie chips and zucchini is one vegetable that works really well for this.
Chili powder, lime juice, and olive oil will turn zucchini slices into a light and refreshing side that can be eaten as a snack as well.
Butternut squash caramelized with maple syrup, rosemary, and cinnamon will make your taste buds do a happy dance!
Once you try it, I’m sure you will find plenty of dishes that go well with this easy side dish, not just meatball subs.
Pairing meatball subs with fruit simply works! Slice up some of your favorite fruit and set up a platter or get fancy and make this tropical fruit salad.
The dressing is flavored using a liquid, non-alcoholic Pina Colada mix. Your kids and anyone with alcohol restrictions can enjoy this salad as well.
🥪 Meatball Subs Variations
Thick marinara sauce, the juicy meatballs, and crispy bread make the classic meatball sub so appealing! These ingredients can be enjoyed in other ways if you’re willing to get creative.
When you feel like experiencing the meatball sub flavor in a different package, try this delicious meatball sub casserole. It’s easy to put together and you can prep it a few hours ahead. Then, pop it in the oven when the time is right!
Try turning meatball subs into yummy appetizers. These mini Italian meatball subs are basically meatball stuffed dinner rolls. This smaller version makes them excellent for picnics, tailgating, and kids’ parties.
There are loads of tasty side dishes you can serve with meatball subs and further elevate this already exceptional sandwich.
Hope you enjoyed our suggestions and they will help you come up with new and exciting food pairings in your kitchen!
Ginny Collins is a passionate foodie and recipe creator of Savor and Savvy and Kitchenlaughter. Indoors she focuses on easy, quick recipes for busy families and kitchen basics. Outdoors, she focuses on backyard grilling and smoking to bring family and friends together. She is a lifelong learner who is always taking cooking classes on her travels overseas and stateside. Her work has been featured on MSN, Parade, Fox News, Yahoo, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and many local news outlets. She lives in Florida where you will find her outside on the water in her kayak, riding her bike on trails, and planning her next overseas adventure.