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Lemon Parmesan Orzo

A splash of lemon and dash of chopped parsley make this orzo one of my family's most requested springtime sides. It's fantastic with chicken, pork and fish, or eat it on its own as light lunch. —Leslie Palmer, Swampscott, Massachusetts
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Penne with Caramelized Onions

Penne with Caramelized Onions

Penne with Caramelized Onions

“This hearty recipe is a favorite of my fly-fishing buddies when we take our annual trip to British Columbia,” Paul Humphrey relates from Allyn, Washington. “The pine nuts are a delicious surprise.”

Stovetop Orzo Medley

Stovetop Orzo Medley

Stovetop Orzo Medley

A burst of butter and a colorful array of vegetables make this pretty pasta side good enough for company. Use a blend of exotic mushrooms to make it extra special. —Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan

Sesame Seed Citrus Noodles

Sesame Seed Citrus Noodles

Sesame Seed Citrus Noodles

I made this easy bu elegant weeknight recipe often. The noodles have a wonderful citrus tang with a hint of basil and a bit of crunch form the toasted sesame seeds.

Spaghetti Carbonara for Two

Spaghetti Carbonara for Two

Spaghetti Carbonara for Two

When the temperature drops in Shawnee, Kansas, Melanie Hudson warms up with a comforting Italian classic. “As a zippy side or light entree, you simply can’t beat it for simplicity,” she notes. Serve with a tossed green salad.

Savory Mediterranean Orzo

Savory Mediterranean Orzo

Savory Mediterranean Orzo

If you like to celebrate the season by sampling flavors from around the world, you’ll love this Mediterranean side. The yellow summer squash, roasted red peppers and spinach yield specks of eye-popping color that makes this dish festive.—Kristi Silk, Ferndale, Washington

Southwest Black Bean Pasta

Southwest Black Bean Pasta

Southwest Black Bean Pasta

Denise Ramey from Francesville, Indiana created this recipe by combining some of her favorite flavors and textures. Serve warmed tortilla chips on the side of this robust, crunchy pasta dish.

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Can't decide whether to cook vegetables or pasta for a side dish? Try combining them in this medley. It received rave reviews at our volunteer fire department meeting. Now, I make it for other covered-dish suppers.

Blue Cheese Orzo Salad

Blue Cheese Orzo Salad

Blue Cheese Orzo Salad

The crunch of walnuts and bacon is a pleasant contrast to the creamy rice-shaped pasta. The blue cheese and arugula lend a satisfying, savory quality.

Noodle Nibblers

Noodle Nibblers

Noodle Nibblers

For a tasty alternative to plain old potato chips, try the crunchy snack Lee Denney of Cushing, Oklahoma created from pasta. "The spices and cheese that coat the fried noodles give them a terrific flavor," she assures. "We love to eat them with soup, sandwiches or in between meals."

Pasta Veggie Medley

Pasta Veggie Medley

Pasta Veggie Medley

You won't waste a second making this delicious side dish. Cook the pasta while you're sauteing the vegetables, and they'll be done at the same time.—Edith Ruth Muldoon, Baldwin, New York
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