If you’re looking for something to serve with fettuccine Alfredo, remember it’s all about food that shows off the main dish. I like to add a protein to the fettuccine noodles and creamy Alfredo sauce. Then add an easy side dish … or two or three to make it a complete meal.
When choosing foods to serve with pasta dishes, it’s good to provide balance. For example, the crunchy textures of fresh vegetables in a salad pair well with the delicious creamy sauce.
Most people also enjoy a flavorful garlic bread or crusty Italian bread on the side. If you follow a gluten-free diet like I do, there are some delicious options that you’ll see below.
Dessert is always welcome after any meal at our dinner table. We like a variety of cakes, pies, puddings, ice creams, and other sweet treats to finish off any meal. I’ve added a few of those as well.
Fettuccine Alfredo Add-Ons
Sometimes I make a basic Alfredo sauce, but we prefer something added to it. One of my favorite meals is a creamy chicken Alfredo, while my husband prefers shrimp or crabmeat. But he likes my homemade chicken fettuccine Alfredo too.
I have to admit that when I see jar Alfredo sauce on sale, I’ll pick up a couple of jars and doctor them up to make them taste homemade. Some grocery stores put them in their BOGO sales quite frequently.
Most of the time, I like for the main course to have some protein for the health benefits.
You can add whatever protein you like. Some of the ones we’ve had are chicken breast, chicken thighs, ground beef, Italian sausage, shredded pork, delicious meatballs, or even tofu.
I’ve also added a variety of fresh vegetables that include sliced bell peppers, sautéed mushrooms, sliced black olives, sautéed zucchini, and whatever else I can find in my vegetable crisper.
Add a splash of white wine to the sauce and then save the rest to enjoy with the meal. This turns a good recipe into a great recipe with very little effort.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you’re unsure, try the add-on with a small amount of the sauce before putting it in the rest. You can add lots of flavor to a classic Alfredo sauce by merely adding just a few items.
If you want something different, check out the menu of your favorite Italian restaurant for inspiration. You’ll discover a lot of delicious things that make this Italian pasta dish even better. Then do what they do.
Whether you use homemade, store-bought, or fresh pasta from the deli, you can make a wonderful dish the entire family will love.
Condiments That Go with Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo
It’s also a good idea to offer an assortment of condiments so people can add what they like. Here are some we enjoy:
- Parmesan cheese
- Olive oil
- Crispy bacon bits
- Black pepper
- Red pepper flakes
- Red peppers
- Salt (kosher salt, Himalayan pink salt, sea salt, or regular table salt)
- Fresh herbs
Popular Pasta Side Choices … and Desserts
There are so many different sides and desserts that go well with this easy dinner recipe. Whether you choose a creamy chicken fettuccine Alfredo or a vegetarian version with a variety of vegetables, you can’t go wrong with any of these!
Mediterranean Salad Recipe
This flavorful Mediterranean salad is a hearty but healthy option for a family dinner. If you like a caesar salad, you'll love this one.
Apple Spinach Salad with Pecans
When you want to take a green salad to a new level, make this one! The blend of flavors turns any meal into a special occasion.
Carrot Cranberry Salad
You'll absolutely love the blend of flavors in this delicious side dish!
Greek Olive and Feta Salad
This is a delicious and nutritious salad that goes with any meal.
Zucchini and Squash Salad
This salad is perfect for a potluck or buffet. Serve it on the side or as the main dish at any meal.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Brussels sprouts are the perfect side dish, especially when they're roasted to perfection!
Watermelon Cucumber Salad
Refreshing and delicious, this watermelon cucumber salad is so satisfying! The juicy sweetness will make your tastebuds very happy.
Stovetop Cheesy Green Beans
If you like cheese, you'll love this side dish. Serve these cheesy green beans with any main dish.
Easy Garlic Zucchini Parmesan
Make this easy zucchini dish to impress and enjoy!
Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Yes, it's true! Everything goes better with bacon! Even asparagus!
Crispy Zucchini Parmesan Chips
Crispy and oh-so satisfying, these zucchini parmesan chips are the perfect appetizer or side dish.
Easy Air Fryer Carrots Recipe
Did you know that you can roast carrots in your air fryer? You absolutely can, and they're so delicious!
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce
Serve this versatile applesauce as a salad, side dish, or dessert! No matter how you serve it, you've picked a winner!
Slow Cooker Marinated Mushrooms
If you like sauteed mushrooms, you'll love these slow cooker marinated mushrooms.!
Easy Cloud Bread Recipe Without Flour
Cloud bread is light, fluffy, and so yummy! And it's gluten-free, so it's a win-win!
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries Recipe
Here's another delicious food that can be an appetizer or side dish! Serve these zucchini fries with your favorite sauce!
Simple Southern Style Cornbread Recipe
Add a touch of southernness to your meal with this old fashioned cornbread that you make in an iron skillet!
Easy Broccoli Slaw Recipe
Colorful, crunchy, and so delicious, this broccoli slaw is a great side dish for your favorite meal.
Creamy Coleslaw Recipe
This creamy coleslaw is so easy to make. Be sure to make enough because it will disappear quickly!
Roasted Tomatoes with Basil
Serve these roasted tomatoes on toast or with the salad. They're loaded with flavor that everyone will love!
Soft And Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls
Soft and fluffy, these homemade dinner rolls are perfect to serve with your favorite meal.
Southern Ambrosia Coconut Salad
Yum, yum, and more yum! This ambrosia salad can be a salad, side dish, or dessert!
How to Make Chocolate Covered Pecans
Dessert doesn't have to be elaborate. You can simply put out dishes of these chocolate covered pecans and let everyone eat as many as they want.
3 Ingredient Lemon Bars
The ideal blend of tart and sweet make this a favorite dessert after any meal!
Easy Brownie Waffles Recipe
If you like brownies, you'll love this dessert! Serve it with ice cream, whipped cream, or whatever you want. It's delicious!
Easy Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe
Pineapple dump cake is easy to make and fun to eat! It will quickly become one of your favorite desserts!
Mini Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie
What's better than a batch of chocolate chip cookies? A chocolate chip cookie made in an iron skillet. It's perfect for those times when you just want a little something sweet.
Coconut Macaroon Cookie Recipe
Coconut macaroons are the perfect ending to any meal. Be sure to make enough for a snack the next day!
2-Ingredient Cherry Chocolate Cake
This 2-ingredient cherry chocolate cake is a delicious dessert or treat for any occasion.
Make Any Meal a Special Occasion
There ya go! You now have a great list of salads, side dishes, and desserts to serve with fettuccine Alfredo. I hope you find something you love and enjoy to go with your next fettuccine Alfredo family meal or dinner party!