Looking for some delicious side ideas to go with your fettuccine alfredo? Check out these 21 fantastic options! From simple sides like steamed broccoli or a basic salad, to more sophisticated fare like grilled asparagus or stuffed mushrooms, there’s something here for everyone. So get cooking and give your fettuccine alfredo an amazing sidekick!
Fettuccine Alfredo is one of my favorite meals. Creamy fettuccine alfredo is an easy recipe and it tastes so good! This popular meal is usually made from melted butter, parmesan cheese, added cream, garlic, and fettuccine noodles.
When making pasta dishes, it might be difficult for you to find the best side dishes to go alongside. The creamy texture of Alfredo sauce is rich and satisfying, however, it is best when accompanied by foods that have contrasting tastes and textures.
Next time you are making creamy chicken alfredo, consider using something from this great list of side dishes:
Many of these recipes use olive oil. Make sure to get the best and most flavorful varieties of olive oil from Saratoga Olive Oil company!
1) Garlic bread
Garlic bread is my favorite thing in the world and it is a perfect side dish for any of your homemade pasta recipes. You can buy pre-seasoned bread at the store or make your own. Cook in the oven until the bread is golden brown and serve it alongside your fettuccine alfredo.
Steamed or sautéed, broccoli is a great addition to your traditional fettuccine alfredo. The mild texture and health benefits of broccoli help balance your meal. You can also grill or roast these green vegetables in olive oil and then serve them on top of your pasta.
Our Longhorn Steakhouse Broccoli recipe is to DIE for. Definitely a perfect pairing for alfredo.
3) Grilled asparagus
Grilled or roasted asparagus is a fabulous addition to your easy fettuccine alfredo recipe. It is a healthy side that adds minerals and vitamins to your dish. Sprinkle some black pepper and some lemon juice on top or smother it in unsalted butter to give it a caramelized brown color. Asparagus also contrasts well with the rich, creamy fettuccine sauce.
Here are some great asparagus recipes:
- Bacon and Asparagus in the Oven
- Easy Oven Baked Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- Easy Instant Pot Asparagus with Lemon Butter
4.) Green or Caesar salad
A soft green salad is a great recipe to serve on the side of your fettuccine alfredo. Salad is a lighter side in which you can toss romaine, arugula, spinach, kale, lettuce, etc. Combine these greens with onions, tomatoes, chicken, parmesan cheese, or walnuts. Salad will only brighten your plate and keep your meal balanced.
Our steakhouse-style salad is a great option!
5.) Green beans
Another green vegetable that pairs well with classic alfredo sauce is green beans. Sauté, steam, or roast them with a meaty side dish. I personally like when they are sprinkled with red pepper flakes, salt, and olive oil. Green beans are a good side dish because they are so simple and quick to prepare.
We really love this green beans almondine recipe!
6.) Stuffed or sautéed mushrooms
An awesome recipe to serve with fettuccine pasta is stuffed mushrooms: fill some mushroom caps with ground beef and cheese and then cook them in the oven until they turn crispy. You can also buy some pre-prepared stuffed mushrooms at the store. Another option is sauteed mushrooms: cook and season them and then serve them on top of your fettuccine dish.
If you want a delicious stuffed mushroom recipe, look no further than this one – The BEST Longhorn White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe (Copycat)
7.) Scalloped or roasted potatoes
Potatoes are a filling side to add to your main course. After you cut up the potatoes, a good idea would be to smother them in milk and cream cheese and bake them in the oven. Scalloped potatoes are generally rich and creamy, however, it is soft enough to go hand in hand with your pasta. Roasted potatoes are a second option; dice your potatoes up and cover them in garlic. Your taste buds will be begging for more with either of these starchy side dishes.
We LOVE these BBQ roasted potatoes.
Bruschetta consists of toasted or grilled bread with garlic, salt, olive oil, and tomatoes on top. This crunchy side dish is flavorful and will accompany your delicious Italian pasta dish well.
Meat side dishes:
1.) Grilled shrimp
Anyone who enjoys seafood will like combining shrimp with their fettuccine pasta. This side helps balance out your meal by providing a contrasting crisp, smoky taste. Perfect seasonings for this dish include Cajun, sea salt, ground pepper, and basil.
2) Grilled chicken
Grilled chicken is commonly cut up and served with the fettuccine alfredo as the main dish. This side dish, however, is not difficult to prepare. All you need to do is cut up a chicken breast into strips, season the strips, and then grill them. Grilled chicken blends well with the creamy alfredo sauce.
3.) Crispy bacon
Bacon goes well with everything, prove me wrong. At least it is hard to disagree that this comfort food goes well with the delicious creamy sauce in your pasta. Bacon adds an exciting crunch to your meal; crumble it and place it on top, eat it in strips on the side.
We love making bacon in the air fryer!
Steak is a juicy option to serve on the side of your creamy fettuccine alfredo. Because steak is more expensive, you can save this side dish for special occasions.
Whether you are serving your fettuccine alfredo pasta with some green vegetables, starchy potatoes, or just garlic bread, you can expect your meal to combine well. Good luck and Bon Appetit!
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