What to Eat With Garlic Bread

Most people are well aware of the classic spaghetti and garlic bread combo. But what if you’re not a fan of spaghetti (like me) and still want to indulge in garlic bread? 

Are there other ways to enjoy it? You bet. Garlic bread goes with plenty of dishes from soup to salad, and seafood to veggies.

Hey, there, garlic bread fans! My name is Michelle, and I love, love, love garlic bread. I would honestly eat it with every meal and be completely fine. I’m not a big fan of spaghetti at all, but I still find garlic bread a regular staple in my home. It’s so versatile!

If you’re wondering what to eat with garlic bread that isn’t spaghetti, you’ve come to the right place. Today’s hot topic is what to eat with garlic bread, and I have some answers that might surprise you.

Who’s ready to devour some garlic bread? (I know I am!)

What Goes Well With Garlic Bread: 6 Ideas

Although the easiest answer is “spaghetti” or “spaghetti and meatballs,” don’t limit yourself. Garlic bread is actually a very versatile ingredient that pairs with a multitude of meals. It can even be a snack if you want it to. Let’s dive in.

1. Italian Food

I know, I know. Spaghetti. But no! Italian food does not always equate to spaghetti. In fact, my absolute favorite Italian meals are fettucini alfredo, chicken parmesan, and stuffed shells. Oh, and pizza, of course.

There is no better way to pair garlic bread than with an Italian dish. So, whether you’re going for a bright and light pesto or a rich and creamy alfredo, serve garlic bread and be thrilled that you did.

Even a simple baked meatball plate with marinara and cheese goes well with garlic bread!

2. Soup/Stew

Another wonderful and comforting pairing is garlic bread with soups or stews. Personally, my favorite combination is broccoli cheddar soup with a big heaping slice of garlic bread. Dip the bread in the cheesy goodness, and your heart might skip a beat!

Don’t think you have to go for something ultra-rich and cheesy like broccoli cheddar soup, though. Garlic bread can pair with hearty and healthy soups like vegetable barley or pot roast stew.

3. Salad/Veggies

If you’re looking to go for something a little more lightweight, consider tossing a slice of garlic bread on the side of your salad plate. Garlic bread will give your salad a bit more calories and flavor, which will keep you satisfied longer.

When it comes to a salad and garlic bread combo, there are really no rules. Caesar salad tends to blend beautifully with garlic bread, but so does a regular garden salad or a summer mix with fruits involved.

Garlic bread works with other veggies, too. So if you’re looking to add more vegetables to your diet and have prepared a sauteed mix of zucchini, mushroom, and spinach, don’t hesitate to plop it all on top of a piece of garlic bread and enjoy the earthy combo.

4. Seafood

Seafood and garlic bread? Oh, absolutely. The pairing might seem a little “different,” but something food combinations can surprise you. How do you think peanut butter and jelly became a classic?

Garlic bread is a great choice for a side dish when it comes to seafood of all kinds. Whether you’re baking a decadent butter-slathered lobster or cooking some lemon pepper salmon filters, you can’t go wrong with adding garlic bread to the mix.

5. Pizza/Sandwiches

Garlic bread is, well, bread. And it can be used as such. So the next time you’re thinking about making a sandwich, why not use garlic bread instead of your usual sandwich bread? This works well with all types, from deli meat to brisket and pulled pork.

Don’t hesitate to make your breakfast sandwiches using garlic bread, either. It’s a flavorful twist that works surprisingly well with eggs, veggies, cheese, bacon, and all of your other breakfast favorites.

You can also make delicious pizzas too. Make it into a pizza sandwich, or simply place your sauce, cheese, and favorite ingredients on top. Bake it until it’s bubbling to perfection, and enjoy a quick homemade pizza that might taste better than the real deal.

You can also simply eat it alongside pizza. Yes, it’s a carb overload. But who’s complaining? 

6. Dips

If you have way too much garlic bread and you’re trying to get rid of it quickly, consider eating it as a snack with your favorite dip. For example, you could use marinara sauce, pizza sauce, garlic sauce, or even a beer-infused cheese dip. So many choices!


If we’re being honest here, garlic bread pairs with just about everything. You can even eat it plain on its own if you want. But if you’re still pondering this topic, don’t worry. Below are some frequently asked questions that you might want to see.

What food goes with garlic bread?

Pretty much all food goes with garlic bread, and there’s no rulebook saying you can’t eat it however you want. It tends to work well with pasta dishes, though, which is why it’s so common with Italian meals. However, you can eat it with soup, stew, salad, seafood, and more.

How do you eat a loaf of garlic bread?

You pick it up and eat it whole! Okay, not really (unless you absolutely want to). The best thing to do is to cut it up into smaller slices. Freeze what you’re not planning to eat right away. Other slices should be left on the countertop and served with all of your favorite meals.

Why garlic bread is served with pasta?

Besides the flavors and textures pairing well together, garlic bread is also served with pasta to sit on top and be eaten with garlic bread. You can also use the bread to soak up any leftover sauce.

What Flavours go well with garlic?

Plenty of flavors go well with garlic. Some favorites include basil, cilantro, cumin, dill, fenugreek, oregano, paprika, parsley, rosemary, and turmeric. No wonder why garlic bread can go with just about any dish with ease!

Final Words

Garlic bread is utterly delicious, and the best part is, that you can eat it with practically anything. The favorite pair is garlic bread and pasta, but you can also enjoy it with your favorite soups and salads. Don’t hesitate to eat with seafood meals or eat with a few dipping sauces for a snack.

Do you love garlic bread as much as I do? What is your favorite way to eat it? What do you eat it with? Share in the comment section below so we can try it, too!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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