What to Serve with Meatball Subs


Meatballs and meatball subs can provide a hearty meal for anytime of the year and for any occasion. They’re great for that weeknight dinner as well as for serving at parties. But, thinking about what to serve with meatball subs can be a valuable part of your menu planning.

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Below, we’ve created a list of the best sides for meatball subs including vegetables, soups, salads, desserts and more. So, what is a good side to go with meatballs?

What Vegetables Go with Meatball Subs?

Perhaps you want to lighten things up a bit and include a vegetable with your sandwich. Here are our recommendations for vegetables that go with meatball subs. 

Crack Green Beans

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Crack Green Beans Crack green beans are a very easy side dish that tastes delightfully sweet and savory. This side dish is easy to make and can pair perfectly with meatball sub sandwiches.

Asparagus Wrapped in Bacon

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Asparagus wrapped in bacon is a delicious, healthy, and dietary friendly appetizer recipe that’s easy to make and works as the perfect side for meatball subs.

You can literally put it together in 10 minutes and have it ready to go. Baking it in the oven provides a mostly hands off approach as well.

What Salads Go with Meatball Subs?

A salad is a nice natural side for meatball subs. It gives the meal a lighter aspect as well as makes wonderful healthy sides for meatball subs.  These are some of our recommendations:

Broccoli Salad

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This copycat Broccoli salad recipe is especially great if you are looking for a healthy side dish that is different from your normal lettuce salad. 

It’s loaded with broccoli and flavored with dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, shredded cheddar, and bacon.  It makes a healthy side dish for meatball subs. 

Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad

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Our copycat recipe for Panera Bread tomato basil cucumber salad is easy to make and will help you make a salad that tastes amazing as side for your meatball sub.

This salad recipe is like a taste of summer, no matter the time of year.

Tequilaberry Salad

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Tequilaberry Salad is made from lettuce, cauliflower, and bacon. It has a tangy sauce that makes the salad somewhat addictive and one that you’ll want to come back to. 

We think it’s one of the best salads to go with meatballs sub sandwiches.

What Soup Goes with Meatball Subs?

What goes with meatball subs for dinner? Following are our top three recommendations for soups that go with meatball subs. We have chosen these because their flavors pair well with the delicious sandwich.

Chicken Florentine Soup

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Our Chicken Florentine Soup is easy to make and it tastes fabulous as a side with meatball subs. The soup recipe is a cream-based soup that features chicken, spinach, and a variety of seasonings and vegetables that can be included as well.

This is a delicious recipe that can be prepared quickly and fully enjoyed. 

Chick-fil-A Chicken Noodle Soup

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If you’re searching for the best Chick-fil-A Chicken Noodle Soup recipe, we’ve got you covered. This soup tastes like the restaurant version which hits the spot as the perfect comfort food or anytime dish.  You’ll not be disappointed. 

And it’s one of the best soups to serve with meatball subs.

Copycat Red Robin Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Our copycat Red Robin Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe is simple to make, and is loaded with amazing flavors and goodies. This soup is a chicken and tomato-based soup that includes corn, beans, and many of your favorite vegetables and seasonings.

Thinking about what to serve with BBQ meatball subs? This is a great possibility.

What Dessert Goes with Meatball Subs?

What to serve with Italian meatball subs? There are many desserts that go well with meatball subs.

However, when we think of serving dessert with something as hearty as this sandwich, we tend to pair it with desserts that have the same casual feeling and are not too heavy.  Here are our top picks:

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie Filling

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Cinnamon roll apple pie filling is the ultimate dish. If you love cinnamon rolls and apple pie, you are going to love this recipe. When you combine these two together, you get the ultimate dessert recipe to serve with meatball subs.

Easy Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Danish

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Making a Cream Cheese Danish does not have to be difficult. We show you one of our favorite ways to make a Cream Cheese Danish using crescent rolls.

This is a quick and very simple way that anyone can make and enjoy this dessert that goes great with meatball subs in a matter of minutes. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

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Looking for a gluten free dessert to serve with your gluten free meatball subs? Our Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Cake recipe is rich in flavor and the cake is light and moist.

The creamy, rich chocolate buttercream frosting is optional, but once you’ve tried it, it’s a recipe you’ll come back to, especially when considering what to serve with meatball subs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are frequently asked questions that relate to what to serve with meatball subs.  If you have a question that’s not answered here, please drop it to us in the comments box below and we’ll be happy to answer it.

What kind of cheese goes on meatball subs?

You can pair any of your favorite kind of cheese with meatball subs. Some of our recommendations include:

Monterey Jack
Colby Jack

What’s the best sauce for meatball subs?

The best sauces for meatball subs are the ones that are going to give it the best flavor. Here are some of our recommendations:

Italian Sauce
Sweet Onion Sauce
Barbecue Sauce

What to serve with meatball subs at a party?

There are so many possibilities of sides to go with meatball subs at a party. Keeping in mind that you could be planning a party for a large group of people or a small group of guests, here is a list of other easy to prepare items to go with your meatball sandwiches.

dill pickle
ice cream
baked beans
French fries


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