The Best Side Dishes to Eat with Pasta

11 simple additions to really make your favorite comfort food sing

Because I grew up in an Italian family, there were always two things served alongside our Sunday gravy: a loaf of warm Scali bread and a simple green salad. Don't tell my nonna, but it turns out there's a whole world of dishes out there that complement a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs just as well (if not better).

When planning your side, you'll want to choose something that balances out your particular pasta. A creamy chicken fettuccine Alfredo pairs well with a lighter, more acidic dish that cuts through the fat, while a heaping plate of ravioli calls for hearty roast vegetables to round out the meal.

But no matter what's in your bowl, one of these 11 side dishes is sure to turn your meal into a certifiable feast.

Spicy Squid Salad

Heirloom Tomato Galette

Ratatouille Tian

Grilled Radicchio Salad with Yogurt and Hazelnuts

Pickled Mushroom Toast

Artichoke Dip Toasts with Spinach Pesto

Burnt Carrots with Brie

Grilled Asparagus with Apricot and Pine Nut Romesco

Carrot-Harissa Toast

Warm Rainbow Chard and Bacon Salad

Grilled Cauliflower with Tahini and Sumac