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What To Serve With Mozzarella Sticks [20 BEST Side Dishes]

These 20 side dishes are perfect for serving alongside mozzarella sticks. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a hearty dish, a healthy dish, or something super quick to make.

The best dishes to serve with mozzarella sticks are pigs in a blanket, tomato soup, meatballs in marinara, and jalapeno poppers. If you want more filling dishes, try pesto pasta or a sheet pan pizza. For more party dishes, try chicken wings, Italian sub sliders, totchos, spinach balls, or ribs.

Pigs in a blanket 

Your game day spread won’t be complete without a platter of these smoky treats. 

Ditch the frozen ones – the homemade version is super easy to make. And this recipe has a couple of tasty additions to take your treats up a notch. 

Psst… Like mozzarella sticks, pigs in a blanket go superbly with a marinara dip

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Tomato soup

Want to turn your mozzarella sticks into the ultimate comfort meal?

Serve your cheesy treats alongside a piping hot bowl of creamy tomato soup

Just imagine dipping your salty mozzarella stick into your soup’s thick, sweet, and tangy broth – simply delightful. 

And you only need 25 minutes to cook a batch.

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Homemade tomato soup
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Cream of mushroom soup
Make it dairy-free
Carrot ginger soup

Meatballs in marinara

These meatballs are great because you’re hitting two birds with one stone.

Not only are you getting tasty meatballs, but you’re also getting a delectable marinara sauce that’s perfect for dipping mozzarella sticks and other party food into (like little smokies). 

Prick each meatball with a toothpick and you’re ready to serve.

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Honey garlic chicken wings

Chicken wings are another staple at game day parties. 

And my go-to chicken wing flavor is honey garlic for that sweet-savory combo everyone will love.

Psst… this is your sign to get an airy fryer – you get beautifully crispy skin without using too much oil. 

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Oven-baked chicken tenders
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Homemade chicken nuggets

Grilled prosciutto-wrapped peaches

Add some gourmet flair to your party spread with these prosciutto-wrapped peaches. 

Grilling the peaches gives them a sweet-smoky flavor that pairs well with the salty prosciutto. 

And it means they’re extra juicy – so have napkins on hand!

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Spinach balls

Wanting to keep everything meat free?

You can’t go wrong with these spinach balls, and they’re a great way to sneak some veggies into picky eaters.

The ‘meat’ of the ball is made with stuffing (cool, right?!), then it’s flavored with spinach and parmesan cheese. Yum.

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Zucchini and garlic bites
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Vegan cranberry meatballs

Oven baked ribs 

Nothing comes close to the satisfaction of eating these sticky ribs as you cheer on your favorite team. 

You’ll need to start the prep early because these ribs take over 3 hours to cook. But in the end you’ll have tender, fall-of-the-bone meat.

For maximum enjoyment, make extra barbecue sauce to drizzle over your mozzarella sticks.

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Smoked baby back ribs
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Pulled pork with BBQ sauce

Balsamic tomato salad 

Whether you’re having mozzarella sticks as a quick snack or a lazy dinner, make them healthier with a serving of this salad. 

The bright balsamic vinaigrette makes the classic combination of tomato and basil even more delicious. 

And provides a sharp flavor to cut through the greasy sticks.

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Tomato cucumber salad


Looking for something fun and different? Look no further than totchos!

It’s a jazzed-up version of traditional nachos, with tater tots taking the place of tortilla chips. 

You can keep it simple with classic toppings like black beans, avocado, and sour cream…

Or go crazy with pulled pork and peach salsa. 

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Stick with the basics
Sheet pan nachos
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Cauliflower nachos

Sheet pan alla vodka pizza

Pizza and mozzarella sticks is a takeout favorite.

But why not make your own pizza instead?

This recipe features a deliciously spicy and creamy tomato pesto vodka sauce topped with cheese and pepperoni.

Sounds amazing right?

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Caramelized mushroom flatbread pizza
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Pizza poppers


Winter is the perfect time to whip up a pot of this hearty, soul-warming chili. 

It boasts a robust flavor, thanks to ingredients like Worschersterhisre, steak sauce, spices, and brown sugar. So don’t forget a dollop of sour cream to help mellow it out.

Psst… if it’s nearing halloween try this spooky ghost chili (and here are some ideas on what to serve with your white chicken chili).

Why we love this recipe: everyone will be clamouring for second helpings of this.

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Hot Italian sub sliders

These Italian sub sliders are great when you’re feeding a crowd.

This recipe is one for the meat lovers, with each sub having three kinds of deli meat, provolone cheese, and peppers.

And the cherry on top is a luscious melted butter glaze that gives your sliders a glossy, golden-brown appearance. 

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Sloppy joe sliders
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Pesto chicken and broccoli pasta

Mozzarella sticks make a perfect starter for pretty much any Italian main.

And everyone’s favorite Italian main is pesto pasta (or maybe pizza)!

Pro tip: make your own pesto… it’s worth it. 

And check out more ideas on what to serve with pesto pasta here.

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Chicken fettuccine alfredo
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Spaghetti squash marinara

Shrimp cocktail

The only cooking you’ll be doing for this dish is baking the shrimp (and this only takes 10 minutes).

The rest of the work is putting together the finger-lickingly good cocktail sauce. Just like with pesto, it’s always best to make this sauce yourself.

The jarred stuff just isn’t the same!

Psst… your mozzarella sticks go great with this sauce too.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

I mentioned mariana dip for mozzarella sticks, but you don’t have to stop there!

Go for a more loaded option to beef up your meal.

This dip uses 5 ingredients, but is jam-packed with tangy buffalo flavor and two types of cheese (cheddar and mozzarella).

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Beer cheese dip

Jalapeno poppers

Jalapeno poppers are another delicious party food you can serve alongside mozzarella sticks

They’re fun to make, and even more fun to eat.

Psst… make a double batch of these because they will disappear quickly.

And they’re budget friendly, with a serving costing only $0.41.

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Vegetable spring rolls

Party food can be healthy too!

These fresh spring rolls are stuffed with crisp, natural vegetables and creamy avocado. 

But what really makes this dish stand out is the peanut sauce – it’s savory, nutty, and oh-so-delicious. 

These vegetable spring rolls are great to give your guests a break from all the indulgent food.

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Vegetable spring rolls
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Rainbow collard green spring rolls
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Vietnamese fried spring rolls

Garlic parmesan knots

There’s something irresistibly comforting about warm, freshly baked bread, and these garlic parmesan knots are no exception. They’re soft, fluffy, and loaded with the classic flavors of garlic and cheese (they also make your house smell amazing).

And they’re just as fun to make as they are to eat – tying the dough into knots adds a playful touch to your cooking routine and the kids will love it. A guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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Crispy polenta fries

For a sophisticated twist on the classic fry, look no further than crispy polenta fries. Made from cornmeal, these fries have a crunchy outside with a soft, creamy inside.

This recipe keeps the seasoning simple, but you can go wild and try whatever you want. I once used desiccated coconut in my seasoning and it was fantastic. Psst… the ‘fries’ are perfect for dipping in your favorite sauces.

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Cajun polenta fries
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Stuffed mini bell peppers

Mini bell peppers, with their vibrant colors and sweet flavor, make the perfect edible cups for a savory filling.

Fill them with a mixture of goats cheese and chopped herbs, and perhaps some crispy bacon they have flavor in every bite. And they’re a super fun way to make sure there’s some veggies in your meal.

You can also keep it simple with cream cheese.

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What To Serve With Mozzarella Sticks [20 Sides]

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your mozzarella sticks.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mozzarella sticks side dishes, what to serve with mozzarella sticks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 329kcal


  • 1 portion mozzarella sticks


  • Prepare your mozzarella sticks according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: pigs in a blanket, tomato soup, meatballs in marinara, honey garlic chicken wings, grilled prosciutto-wrapped peaches, spinach balls, oven baked ribs, balsamic tomato salad, totchos, sheet pan alla vodka pizza, chili, hot Italian sub sliders, pesto chicken and broccoli pasta, shrimp cocktail, buffalo chicken dip, jalapeno poppers, and vegetable spring rolls.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 329kcal

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