What to Serve with Italian Bread

We love to bake, and Italian bread is one of favorites! But you need a great main dish to go with that freshly baked loaf. When you’re wondering what to serve with Italian bread, look no further! We have a list of 19 tasty recipes ranging from pasta all the way to bread dipping oil. You can’t go wrong with any of these options!

Close up view of sliced bread in a basket.

My homemade Italian bread recipe is one of my very favorites. And I get to make it quickly and easily right at home. 

It’s soft, it’s fluffy, and it’s so very versatile. One of my favorite things to do when I have a fresh loaf of Italian bread sitting around is brainstorm all of the delicious things I can serve it with. 

So, rather than keeping that to myself, I thought I should share it with you! 

What Makes Italian Bread Different?

Oftentimes, what sets Italian bread apart from other breads is the addition of ingredients such as oil, herbs, and sometimes milk.

In my homemade Italian bread recipe, I use egg white for fluffiness and oil for moisture—along with all the classic bread ingredients such as flour, yeast, and sugar.

The result is a fluffy, tender, incredibly soft loaf of perfect bread.

What Is Italian Bread Served With?

Whatever you want! There are so very many amazing ways you can enjoy a homemade loaf of Italian bread. 

Here are some of my favorites!

A close-up view of the finished pasta in a pan.

This sausage and peppers pasta is a hearty, savory, easy dinner that’s loved by everyone.

It’s made with the short pasta noodle of your choice, Italian sausage, and bell pepper tossed in a savory tomato sauce.

This pasta recipe is a complete meal all on its own, but is excellent served with a slice of buttery Italian bread. It will go quick—you’ll be lucky if you have leftovers!

Side view of a large dish of buttered pasta.

These butter parmesan noodles are an even tastier take on classic butter noodles.

They’re made with perfectly cooked egg noodles tossed in a delicate sauce made with butter, fresh parmesan, salt, and pepper. 

Keep this recipe simple as-is or add in your favorite protein or veggies to make it more of a complete meal.

The possibilities are endless and it’s so tasty no matter what! 

Top down view of baked feta pasta in a baking dish.

This feta pasta is my version of a viral Tiktok recipe.

And you’ll understand just why it went viral as soon as you try it! It really is so good! 

This recipe is made with a whole block of feta cheese that’s drizzled with oil, garlic, and herbs, then roasted with fresh cherry tomatoes to form a creamy, tomato-y sauce.

Serve this pasta fresh and hot, topped with extra feta and basil, and with a slice of homemade Italian bread.

The finished roasted garlic pasta in a pasta bowl.

This roasted garlic and olive oil pasta is an all time favorite.

It tastes like you got it at the best, most authentic Italian restaurant, except instead of breaking the bank you whipped it up in 10 minutes using just 7 basic ingredients. 

This recipe is made with tender spaghetti noodles that are smothered in olive oil, creamy roasted garlic, then finished with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

It’s so quick to prep and mouth wateringly good. 

Bowl of pasta and cream sauce.

There is no combination quite as delicious as that of fresh garlic and parmesan.

And this garlic parmesan pasta is one of my favorite ways to enjoy the two flavors. 

It’s a 20-minute meal that’s made with your favorite long pasta shape coated in a buttery, creamy, garlicky parmesan cream sauce.

Enjoy as-is as a simple vegetarian entree or bulk your pasta up with a protein, veggies, you name it.

Close up view of cheesy beef pasta.

This beef and tomato casserole is a hearty and comforting dinner you’ll be making over and over.

It’s so easy to make and is packed with flavor and protein. 

I love to use ziti in this recipe, but feel free to use any short pasta shape you like.

It’s cooked al dente, then smothered in a savory, slightly spicy, and cheesy tomato sauce.

The pasta is layered into a baking dish, topped with even more cheese, then baked until ooey-gooey and melty. It’s comfort food at its best!

Top down view of a plate of garlic shrimp pasta.

If there’s one thing that takes shrimp to the absolute highest level, it’s garlic.

The flavor of juicy shrimp paired with the bite of fresh garlic is a match made in heaven!

And this garlic shrimp pasta is the perfect way to enjoy garlicky shrimp.

This recipe is made with linguine noodles and pan-seared shrimp tossed together in a deliciously seasoned garlic cream sauce.

It’s so decadent and comes together in no more than 20 minutes.

Angled view of pan of pasta with mushrooms.

This French onion pasta is everyone’s favorite soup made into a delicious, hearty meal.

This pasta dinner features mini penne, onion, and portabella mushroom simmered in a savory parmesan cream sauce. 

This recipe takes just 15 minutes to prepare and is loved by everyone that tries it.

Enjoy on its own, with a slice of toasted Italian bread, or with your favorite roasted veggie. 

Angled view of chicken tomato spinach pasta in a pan.

This Tuscan chicken pasta is the best fresh and delightful summertime meal.

It combines all of your favorite Italian ingredients in one hearty pasta dinner.

This recipe features penne pasta, pan-seared chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, parmesan, and more. It’s quick and easy to make and packed with so much flavor. 

Top down view of shrimp and lemon wedges on a plate.

Shrimp scampi is a decadent dish that sounds so much fancier than it is.

It’s really a big old plate of delicious shrimp! It can be enjoyed as an appetizer with bread or as a meal with your favorite pasta. 

This recipe for shrimp scampi is made with juicy shrimp simmered on the stove in a tasty mixture of dry white wine, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon.

It’s garnished with fresh parsley for the perfect finish! 

White plate filled with pasta.

This roasted red pepper pasta is quick, easy, and loaded with flavor.

It uses fresh bell pepper, onion, garlic, heavy cream, parmesan, and a little bit of pasta water and tender spaghetti, linguine, or angel hair pasta.

The veggies are roasted until perfectly charred, then blended together to form a velvety, creamy sauce.

And if that didn’t sound good enough, this recipe requires a quick 15 minutes of prep!

Cast iron skillet filled with marinara sauce and meatballs.

These baked meatballs are my favorite meatball recipe.

They’re cooked perfectly every, single time and packed full of flavors.

This recipe is made with a combination of ground beef and Italian sausage that’s seasoned perfectly, formed into balls, then baked until juicy and crisped.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese for the ultimate gooey meal.

Enjoy smothered in marinara sauce and with a thick slice of Italian bread to sop up the sauce. You’ll be going back for seconds…and probably thirds too!

Top down view of lemon chicken with sauce.

This creamy lemon chicken is a restaurant-quality meal that’s impressive to serve, but incredibly simple to make.

It features tender chicken drizzled with a velvety lemon sauce made with chicken broth, heavy cream, fresh lemon juice, and the perfect blend of spices. 

This recipe takes a mere 15 minutes to prepare and is perfect served over pasta, veggies, or with a side of bread to soak up the creamy sauce. 

Roasted garlic butter in a jar.

Skip a trip to the grocery store and create your own easy garlic bread recipe!

Slather some of this roasted garlic butter onto a loaf of Italian bread and toast until golden brown for the most amazing homemade garlic bread.

Take it a step further and sprinkle the bread with mozzarella cheese, wrap it in aluminum foil, and heat it in the oven for ooey, gooey garlic cheese bread.

​Add a side of marinara sauce and you practically have a main course!

Pieces of bread in dish of dipping oil.

Don’t care for crispy garlic bread? How about homemade bread dipping oil instead?

Extra-virgin olive oil gets mixed with balsamic vinegar and Italian seasoning in a small bowl perfect for dipping. 

Bread dipping oil is served as an appetizer or side dish in many Italian-style restaurants, and it’s sure to be a family favorite! It pairs perfectly with a loaf of warm bread.

Parsley sprinkled over mushroom and chicken pasta.

This chicken mushroom fettuccine is a rich and delicious dish that requires very little effort.

It’s made with tender fettuccine noodles tossed in a homemade parmesan cream sauce, seasoned chicken, and sauteed mushrooms.

Enjoy this pasta as-is or add some Italian bread on the side to soak up all the extra alfredo sauce. It’s practically perfect in every way! 

Top down view of chicken caprese in a baking dish.

This chicken caprese is my version of a classic Italian dish.

It’s kept traditional with chicken breast topped with juicy tomato, gooey mozzarella, and a tangy balsamic glaze—along with a few extra ingredients for the best flavor.

This recipe is hearty and tasty on its own, but is excellent next to a simple pasta dish, a slice of Italian bread, and/or a roasted veggie. 

Black bowl filled with mushroom shrimp pasta.

Mushroom shrimp pasta is a luxurious balance of all the flavors and textures you could want in a pasta dish.

Umami mushrooms, juicy shrimp, sweet white wine, rich cream, salty parmesan, fresh basil…and the list goes on.

This recipe is made with simple ingredients and takes a quick 15 minutes to prepare. It’s an easy dinner you’ll be making at least once a week!

Platter of prosciutto and melon skewers with balsamic glaze.

This combo is a delicious mix of sweet and salty flavors. Prosciutto is a fancy Italian ham that adds a salty touch.

When you wrap thin slices of prosciutto around pieces of juicy cantaloupe melon, it creates a mouthwatering mix.

To serve this with Italian bread, simply place a small chunk of melon wrapped in prosciutto on top of a slice of bread and drizzle with a bit of sweet balsamic glaze.

It’s like a flavor party in every bite – perfect for impressing your friends at a picnic or a party!

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