Satisfying pasta, flavoursome tomatoey beef ragu, creamy white sauce, and lashings of your favourite cheese… You can’t beat lasagna!
It’s the kind of meal that you can just shove in the oven and sit back with a glass of wine whilst it bakes to perfection, and it’s perfect for weekend family dinners or even dinner parties when you want to pull out your best kitchen skills.
For the best meal though, you may want to add something tasty to kick things off in style.
If you’re all out of inspiration and you need some delicious ideas for what starter goes with lasagna, then relax. I’ve got you covered!
The best starters for lasagna are light but full flavoured, leaving plenty of room for the main course. Some strong contenders include tricolour salad, classic bruschetta, melon and prosciutto, courgette fries with spicy chilli mayonnaise, and Caprese skewers.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the very best recipes for you to try…
Tricolour salad is made with fresh and ripe tomatoes, soft avocado, and creamy mozzarella cheese.
You’ll slice up these ingredients before drizzling over a dressing made with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic, and then garnish with fresh basil leaves. Super easy!
It’s proof that you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to create some of the best dishes imaginable, and sometimes it’s a case of showcasing the finest quality ingredients and letting them shine.
Bruschetta is a wonderfully traditional and authentic Italian starter, and it’s delicious when served before a lasagna main course.
This bruschetta recipe is easy to follow, and produces fantastic results.
My top tip here is to resist the temptation to make too much bruschetta. It might be addictive, but you don’t want to give your guests too many carbs and fill them up before you even have your lasagna on the table!
Melon and prosciutto ham is a beautifully light starter that cleanses and refreshes the palate before a hearty main course like lasagna.
Just take your slice of melon, wrap in ham, and you’re good to go! If you like, you can thread them on to skewers and add a ball of mozzarella cheese or some torn fresh basil leaves.
Depending on the season and the availability of fresh fruit in your area, you may want to substitute the melon for something else. Figs, pears, and apples can all work well too.
I also like to add a drizzle of high quality honey for drizzling, though that’s completely optional.
Fries have to be one of my all time favourite accompaniments, and I could happily eat them with almost any meal imaginable.
When served with lasagna though, they may prove to be a little bit carb heavy.
That’s where these courgette fries with spicy chilli mayonnaise come in!
There are a few tips you should follow here to create the best results. These are:
Piled with spicy sausage, tomatoes, and mushrooms, these Italian stuffed courgette boats are a brilliant way to bring extra veggies to your meal.
They smell absolutely delicious when they’re roasting in the oven, and they’re a real celebration of vibrant Mediterranean ingredients and flavours.
They’re a fabulous starter for lasagna, though they also make a great quick dinner in their own right when served with garlic bread and a spinach salad. It’s a recipe that you’ll definitely be making again once you’ve tried it!
A salad is the perfect starter for lasagna, but sometimes you want something more interesting and exciting than the usual lettuce and tomato combo.
This rocket, pear, and blue cheese salad fits the bill.
It includes delightfully sweet pears, toasty walnuts, and a delectable honey and mustard dressing.
Ideally, you’ll make this starter just before you’re ready to serve it, but if you can’t, you can drizzle some lemon juice over the pears to keep them from turning brown.
I make these Caprese skewers as an appetiser for such a variety of different meals!
They require zero cooking and just a few ingredients, and yet they look so sophisticated and enticing.
When you’re making something simple like this, the quality of ingredients really is key. If you can, get the best mozzarella and tomatoes that you can find. It’s worth spending a little extra for special occasions.
If you have any pesto in your fridge, or you happen to have everything at hand to make a batch of homemade, use this as a drizzle before serving.
A light, Italian inspired starter works really well with lasagna. Whether it’s a midweek family meal or you’re entertaining and want to impress, here are some of your best options:
Lasagna is a great dish to make in advance so you can spend more time relaxing with your guests, so you might want to pick an easy starter that continues with that theme!
Which of these do you want to try the most?
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