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19 Delicious Side Dishes to Mix and Match With Meatloaf for Easy Weeknight Meals

Pair these ideas with the comfort food favorite for a supper that’s fast, filling and so so good! 

Meatloaf is a comfort food classic, and for good reason: One bite, and it’s like we’re instantly transported back to grandma’s warm and inviting kitchen. And what would meatloaf be without the sides! Creamy mashed potatoes, cheesy casseroles … they only make the meal more delicious. So while that meatloaf is cooking, why not get creative with its pairings? We at the First for Women test kitchen have gathered our best meatloaf recipe, along with the most delicious side options. Scroll through to find your perfect match!

Our best-ever meatloaf recipe

There are so many ways to make meatloaf, and here’s the favorite we always return to in the First for Women test kitchen. We used two kinds of meat to make it extra-flavorful, while a hint of mustard gives it a little kick.

Mustard-Glazed Meatloaf

Our best-ever meatloaf recipe(Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Feel free to tweak the seasonings however you’d like, and try different glazes. We like using chili sauce or barbecue sauce, or you could top with marinara and shredded cheese just before broiling. For a spicy kick, try our recipe for Tuscan Heat Spice Mix to stir in. And then there’s classic just plain ketchup!

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19 recipes for side dishes with meatloaf

Mix and match your picks from these delicious for the ultimate cozy meal! For more options, check out these baked sweet potato recipes. And click through for cozy casserole recipes that let you enjoy the flavors of Thanksgiving all year long.

1. Slow-Cooker Buttermilk Herb Mashed Potatoes

Slow-Cooker Buttermilk Herb Mashed Potatoes sits on a table (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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This tangy twist on a classic side is extra creamy and delicious, thanks to a long simmer in the slow cooker.

2. Cheese-Stuffed Snap Peas

Cheese-Stuffed Snap Peas sits on a blue table (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Just 4 ingredients is all it takes to make these so-easy bites.

3. Cheddar-Parmesan Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Cheddar-Parmesan Mac ‘n’ Cheese sits on a plate (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Since Parmesan has a strong flavor, it only takes a little to add cheesiness to this dish’s low-cal veggie-based sauce.

4. Crispy Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Balsamic Brussels Sprouts sits on a purple table (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Balsamic adds a tangy punch that complements the smokiness of the roasted Brussels sprouts.

5. Cheesy Broccoli Puff Pastry Cups

Cheesy Broccoli Puff Pastry Cups sits on a blue table (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Pastry shells make a crispy base for our veggie and cheddar combo.

6. Creamy Mushroom Polenta

Creamy Mushroom Polenta sits in a bowl (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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For extra richness, we stirred wine into our make-ahead sauce, but you can sub in more broth if you prefer.

7. Garlicky Green Beans with Crispy Shallots

Garlicky Green Beans with Crispy Shallots sits on a green background (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Smoky bacon and crispy shallots elevate in-season green beans to a steakhouse-worthy side dish the whole family will love.

8. Broccoli and Bacon Toss

Broccoli and Bacon Toss sits on a blue table (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Bacon adds smoky mmm to this side that comes together in a flash.

10. Garlic-Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Garlic-Parmesan Smashed Potatoes sits on a white bowl (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Boiling spuds before roasting ensures they come out crispy on the outside and creamy inside.

10. Honeyed Carrots and Leeks

Honeyed Carrots and Leeks sits on a blue bowl (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Lemon, ginger and honey give this quick side a perfectly balanced blend of sweet and tangy taste.

11. Beet Arugula Salad

Beet Arugula Salad sits on a bowl (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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For extra-zesty flavor, toss beets with our citrusy dressing up to 2 hours ahead and chill until serving.

12. Parmesan-Thyme Duchess Potatoes

Parmesan-Thyme Duchess Potatoes sits on a red table (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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To save time, bake, mash and fill the potatoes up to a day ahead and chill, then re-bake when ready to serve.

13. Creamy Broccoli and Cauliflower Bake

Creamy Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin sits in a bowl (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Thanks to jarred sauce, you can serve this hot side in 30 minutes.

14. Savory Herb & Cheese Pull-Apart Bread

Savory Herb & Cheese Pull-Apart Bread sits on a white plate (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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This melt-in-your-mouth bread is a cinch to whip up, thanks to refrigerated biscuit dough.

15. Rainbow Roasted Root Vegetables

Rainbow Roasted Root Vegetables sits in a bowl (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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We tossed in a few purple carrots to add a pretty pop of color, but trimmed and peeled beets would work well.

16. Creamy Pumpkin-Sage Risotto

Creamy Pumpkin-Sage Risotto sits in a bowl (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Cider vinegar adds tangy contrast to the warm spices in this autumnal twist on a classic Italian side.

17. Green Beans in Sherry-Bacon Cream Sauce

Green Beans in Sherry-Bacon Cream Sauce sits in a bowl (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Sherry gives this side a pop of brightness, but white wine vinegar works too.

18. Broccoli-Cheddar Rice Casserole

Boccoli-Cheddar Rice Casserole (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Using homemade roux instead of canned soup in our cheese sauce cuts 13 grams of fat per serving.

19. Curry-Lime Cauliflower Salad

Curry-Lime Cauliflower Salad sits in a bowl (Side dishes for meatloaf)
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Our test kitchen director flash-boiled the cauliflower to give this zesty side salad a crisp-tender texture.


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