Meals That Go With Garlic Bread: 12 BEST Dinners!

September 19, 2022
meals that go with garlic bread

Got a passionate garlic bread lover in the family, and running out of ideas for what to serve it with?

From traditional Italian pasta dishes, to Mexican favourites and even Portuguese delights, there are so many different ways to keep dinner interesting and exciting! 

What meals go with garlic bread?

The best meals that go with garlic bread include classic beef lasagna, chilli con carne, spaghetti bolognese, mushroom and pea risotto, hunter’s chicken, creamy pesto gnocchi bake, spicy Italian sausage pasta, and fakeaway Nando’s chicken. 

Want some more ideas, plus the best recipes to follow for dinner tonight? Keep reading! 

1. Classic beef lasagna 

Every home cook should have a really good lasagna recipe in their repertoire! The combination of pasta sheets, rich ragu sauce, and lashings of creamy, cheesy sauce, is a completely delicious one, and it’s a meal that I serve up both on busy midweek evenings and at special dinner parties when I want to impress. 

Aside from being totally delicious, it’s a favourite because it can be prepared in advance and then kept in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it in the oven. 

One it’s ready, serve with your garlic bread and a simple green side salad. I love using a chunk of garlic bread to mop up any remnants of that beautiful sauce at the end of the meal. 

beef lasagna

2. Chilli con carne 

Another family favourite meal that can be served with garlic bread is chilli con carne. Literally meaning ‘chilli with meat’, it’s a spicy stew that you can customise to suit whoever may be round your dining table.

Keep the spices mild if you’re cooking for children, throw in extra chillis if you’re a real spice lover, or add some cooling yoghurt to the side if you want to give guests the option to cool things down a little. 

This easy chilli con carne recipe is perfect for batch cooking. Just take a portion out the freezer and reheat to enjoy with your garlic bread and some fluffy white rice. 

chilli con carne

3. Spaghetti bolognese 

Spaghetti bolognese is a true Italian classic, and another family favourite that’s really worth having in your personal cookbook. Most home cooks will have a trusted method that they always refer back to, but here are a few ways that you can take things up another level: 

The Italian flavours work so well with plenty of garlic bread for dipping and mopping! 


4. Mushroom and pea risotto 

This mushroom and pea risotto is a hug in a bowl, perfect for colder days when you want something super satisfying for dinner.

It’s also veggie friendly yet doesn’t compromise when it comes to flavour. Though I’m not a vegetarian myself, I love to serve this if I have guests visiting who don’t eat meat. 

The risotto has carbs, veggies, and a beautiful creamy white wine sauce, so side dishes really aren’t necessary, saving you a ton of time that might usually be spent preparing salads and extra vegetables. It is of course though absolutely wonderful when served with garlic bread! 

creamy risotto

5. Hunter’s chicken 

Hunter’s chicken is always one of my go-to choices when eating out at a traditional pub, and you can’t beat succulent chicken breast smothered in barbecue sauce, wrapped in bacon, and topped with lashings of melted cheese. 

This kind of meal is calling out for a carb based side dish, and it works so well with a serving of garlic bread. If you really to treat yourself, add some chips as well. 

hunters chicken

6. Creamy pesto gnocchi 

If you want a meatless main course to serve with garlic bread, I recommend this creamy pesto gnocchi. It’s made in one pan in just twenty minutes, and it’s quick yet sophisticated! 

Here are a few things you can do to really elevate the dish… 

pesto gnocchi

7. Spicy Italian sausage pasta 

This spicy Italian sausage pasta is definitely worthy of a mention when it comes to meals that go with garlic bread. 

Spicy Italian sausage, tomatoes, garlic, cream, plenty of parmesan cheese, and a little fresh basil make this recipe a real winner.

Best of all, most of the ingredients are likely to be things that you already have in your kitchen, so it’s great for busy midweek dinners when you don’t have the time to take a trip to the shops. 

sausage pasta

8. Fakeaway Nando’s chicken 

I love making Nando’s inspired recipes at home! Just marinade your favourite cut of chicken in piri piri sauce, grill, and serve with your favourite sides. 

The best choices aside from garlic bread include chips, sweet potato mash, salads, coleslaw, and spicy rice. 

chicken drumsticks

9. Goan prawn curry 

Serving garlic bread with a curry might be a bit of a controversial choice, but if you give it a go, you might be surprised to discover how fabulous of a combination it really is! It’s a good option if you’re out of naan bread, or you just fancy trying something a little bit different. 

My Goan prawn curry recipe is one of my all-time favourites, and it’s so satisfyingly spicy. 

Make it into a real feast by serving up some homemade onion bhajis

Slimming World goan prawn curry

10. Chicken and halloumi skewers 

I serve up chicken and halloumi skewers at least once a week. They’re quick, easy, and you can customise them however you like to suit the tastes of your family. 

Just chop up chunks of chicken breast or thigh, and some halloumi. If you like, chop up veggies such as onions and peppers. Marinade your meat and cheese in your favourite seasoning mix, and thread on to skewers with the veggies, before grilling until cooked through and just slightly charred. 

Add some garlic bread and some salad, and you’ve got a delicious dinner. 

chicken skewers

11. Pizza 

You can’t beat pizza for meals that go with garlic bread! Add a portion of chips, and you’ve got a kid friendly dinner that’s ideal for quick weekend dinners when you want a bit of a treat but want to avoid calling up a takeaway. 

Making your own pizzas is easier than you might think, and it’s a great way to encourage children to get involved. For younger ones, you can prepare the bases for them, and allow them to choose their toppings. 

I like to create a station where everyone can help themselves to toppings, such as cold cuts of meat, chopped peppers and onions, and dare I say, fresh pineapple! 

pizza and chips

12. Tomato soup 

Tomato soup with garlic bread for dipping is a lovely treat for a work from home lunch. If you want to make your own, try out my slimming tomato soup recipe, which tastes just like Heinz! 

Keep it simple, or get creative if you like. You could cut your garlic breads into croutons, or you could top them with chopped tomatoes and your favourite kind of cheese. I love a spicy kick, so I like to add some jalapeños! 

slimming world tomato soup

The best main courses to serve with garlic bread

The best meals that go with garlic bread include:

Want a little more meal planning inspiration for feeding the family? I also have guides to meals that go with roast potatoes, and meals that go with chips

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