If you’re wondering what to serve with your porchetta, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 19 of the most popular side dishes for porchetta.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with porchetta are apple and fennel salad, braised cabbage, creamy potatoes, and celeriac mash. For more salad options, try a tomato farro salad or a rocket pear salad. For more vegetable options, try sauteed spinach or garlic butter mushrooms.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Apple fennel salad
Pork and apples are a classic combination, and when you add fennel to the mix it gets really interesting.
The salad is light, crunchy, refreshing, and elegant.
It’s perfect for a warm summer evening or a light lunch.
Serve your salad (recipe here) and porchetta with a cold glass of vino on the side for a tasty treat.
Garlic butter mushrooms and cauliflower
Anything drenched in garlic butter is going to taste (and smell) amazing.
It’s a fact.
Especially mushrooms and cauliflower, which will both absorb all the wonderful flavor leaving them super plump and juicy.
You could also add some asparagus or broccolini to the pan for a splash of color.
German braised cabbage
Once you’ve tried this German dish you won’t think of cabbage as bland ever again!
Also known as rotkohl, this dish features shredded red cabbage and apples slow-cooked in a mixture of vinegar and sugar.
The resulting dish is tender, tangy slivers of cabbage that will cut right through the more fatty pork.
Check out Dinner then Dessert’s German cabbage recipe.
Scalloped potatoes would go amazingly with porchetta – but if that’s too indulgent for you, try these boulangère potatoes instead.
Also known as potato and onion bake, the process for making it is similar to scalloped potatoes.
But instead of milk and cheese, your layers of onions and potatoes are covered in broth and dots of butter.
An hour and 15 minutes later, you’ll have tender, buttery boulangère potatoes ready to be served.
Do you feel like your porchetta roast needs a little extra zing?
Serve some Italian salsa verde on the side.
It’s sharp, piquant, salty, and herby. You don’t need much to really bring your pork alive!
This salsa verde is surprisingly moreish (so make enough).
Green bean casserole
Shaking things up this year and making porchetta the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving feast?
Doesn’t mean you have to forgo the classic sides!
Green bean casserole will pair wonderfully with porchetta.
Most recipes call for canned mushroom soup, but I prefer to make my own sauce.
The effort is worth it once you have a taste.
Try it with The View from Great Island’s fantastic green bean casserole recipe.
Looking for another Italian dish to serve with your porchetta?
Make peperonata – an Italian bell pepper stew.
You only need 5 ingredients (plus some optional chili flakes for spice), but the dish still packs in the flavor.
As the peppers cook they release their wonderful sweetness into the sauce. Drizzle some of the sauce over the salty porchetta to complete the meal.
You won’t regret taking the time to cook peperonata.
These aren’t technically a side dish, but porchetta goes superbly with some crusty bread.
Picture this: a slice of juicy porchetta with pickled onions and salsa verde, all stuffed in a warm ciabatta roll.
Sounds divine, right?
If you’re feeling brave you can even make your own bread.
Let Cookin’ With Mima show you how to make the fluffiest ciabatta rolls.
Braised white beans and greens
Want something a little out of the box?
I was recently served a creamy bean dish with a roast and was instantly converted.
Beans and swiss chard are mixed into a cheesy, garlicky sauce and then some of the beans are mashed to thicken up the broth.
Add a few slices of porchetta and you have one fancy meal!
Tomato farro salad
Want a filling and healthy side for your porchetta?
Look no further than this farro salad.
Farro is healthier than rice – it’s a grain rich in protein, fiber, and other vitamins. But it’s just as filling.
Mixed with sweet roasted tomatoes, tangy feta cheese, and a zesty lemon vinaigrette you have a vibrant salad that will brighten up your porchetta.
Make any meal more nourishing with this slow-roasted tomato farro salad.
In a rush but want something warm and healthy?
Sauteed spinach is the way to go.
It’s a quick, simple side dish that comes together in under 10 minutes.
And it’s not just spinach, the dish has caramelized onions and soy sauce too, so it’s bursting with sweet-but-salty umami.
This sauteed spinach is flavorful, but not overpowering.
Maple glazed rainbow carrots
Add vibrant splashes of color to your porchetta with a side of these glazed rainbow carrots.
The maple glaze elevates your naturally sweet carrots to another flavor level.
And thanks to the grainy mustard, there’s also a little acidity in there to keep the meal light.
These maple glazed rainbow carrots are a feast for your eyes AND taste buds.
Italian potato salad
You can’t go wrong with serving this vinegar-based potato salad alongside your porchetta.
With how rich porchetta is, the sharp, tangy vinaigrette will provide a nice contrast.
And the green beans and tomatoes bring both crunchy and juiciness.
Switch things up from your traditional creamy potato salad and try this Italian potato salad.
It’s good served warm or cold!
Rocket pear salad
Looking to add a refreshing bite to your decadent porchetta?
Try this rocket pear salad.
The peppery arugula, sweet pears, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette combine to give you the perfect balance of flavors.
And it takes just 15 minutes to make, ideal for a quick, light lunch.
Celeriac mash is an instant upgrade from the standard mashed potatoes.
It won’t taste like your traditional mashed spuds – it has a flavor more akin to celery, with some delicious nutty overtones.
This means it’s great for pairing with a bold, meaty main like porchetta because it won’t make the meal feel heavy.
Wild rice pilaf
Got some leftover holiday porchetta?
Wild rice pilaf is the perfect accompaniment.
The savory rice is loaded with fresh and dried fruits, giving it a festive feel. And the honey-orange dressing ties everything together.
Celebrate special occasions with this delicious wild rice pilaf.
Garlic chive kimchi
Take yourself on a culinary adventure and serve some Korean fusion with your porchetta.
Garlic chive kimchi is the easiest type of kimchi you can make.
It’s best if you use Korean garlic chives, but you can use the normal variety if you can’t find them.
You want ones with thin, narrow blades.
The spicy bite of the kimchi blends insanely well with the pork.
Oven roasted baby potatoes
A classic side like oven-roasted potatoes will never look out of place next to a roasted joint of meat.
But I find traditional roasties too heavy and overpowering sometimes.
Instead, I like using baby potatoes. The thinner skin keeps them light, but they’re still ultra crispy, with a soft, buttery inside.
Check out the recipe here.
Shredded brussel sprouts
Meat, a carb, and some fresh veggies – it’s traditional, but for a reason!
Sprouts get a bad rep, but most people are just cooking them wrong.
Try this shredded sauteed version.
The brussel sprouts are cooked with some fresh lemon juice and parmesan cheese, which brightens up the dish and gives it a fresher feel.
The best side dishes to serve with porchetta
- Apple fennel salad
- Garlic butter mushrooms and cauliflower
- German braised cabbage
- Boulangère potatoes
- Salsa verde
- Green bean casserole
- Ciabatta rolls
- Braised white beans and greens
- Tomato farro salad
- Sauteed spinach
- Maple glazed rainbow carrots
- Italian potato salad
- Rocket pear salad
- Celeriac mash
- Wild rice pilaf
- Garlic chive kimchi
- Oven roasted baby potatoes
- Shredded brussel sprouts
What To Serve With Porchetta
- 1 portion porchetta
- Prepare your porchetta according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: apple fennel salad, garlic butter mushrooms and cauliflower, german braised cabbage, boulangère potatoes, salsa verde, green bean casserole, peperonata, ciabatta rolls, braised white beans and greens, tomato farro salad, sauteed spinach, maple glazed rainbow carrots, italian potato salad, rocket pear salad, celeriac mash, wild rice pilaf, garlic chive kimchi, oven roasted baby potatoes, and shredded brussel sprouts.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!