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Comfort Food Side Dishes

Add interest to any plate with these recipes for comfort food side dishes, including pasta, vegetables, soup, potatoes, mac and cheese, casserole, baked beans, stuffing, corn pudding and more.

Hearty Corn Pudding

Hearty Corn Pudding

Hearty Corn Pudding

Corn is a staple around our house in summer-and so is this comforting dish. Every year, we grow corn in our backyard garden. I keep several packages of our homegrown corn in the freezer so I can make recipes like this in any season.

Sunday Best Corn

Sunday Best Corn

Sunday Best Corn

A friend of mine shared this recipe with me a number of years ago. It's a favorite with my brother, who is a big fan of corn.—Cathy Steinkuhler, Burr, Nebraska

Squash Pasta Bake

Squash Pasta Bake

Squash Pasta Bake

"I was cooking summer squash for dinner when my grandchildren informed me they'd just had it the night before," writes Marguerite Shaeffer of Sewell, New Jersey. "To disguise the vegetables, I added pasta, spaghetti sauce and cheese, and the kids loved it! I often make it for lunch these days."
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Roasted Corn on the Cob

Roasted Corn on the Cob

Roasted Corn on the Cob

"I've been grilling corn on the cob for years this way...our friends always insist on it!" writes Sandy Szwarc from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lima Bean Medley

Lima Bean Medley

Lima Bean Medley

Here's a tasty medley of beans and veggies that harmonizes perfectly with healthy meal plans. Dianne Spurgeon of London, Ontario shared the recipe. Her mildly spice succotash makes a colorful side that goes well with many main dishes.

Roasted Veggie Sandwiches

Roasted Veggie Sandwiches

Roasted Veggie Sandwiches

Looking for a delicious way to use a variety of veggies? Our Test Kitchen home economists recommend tucking your garden harvest into this hearty sandwich. The pleasant flavor of eggplant, red pepper, onion, zucchini and yellow summer squash is enhanced by a creamy basil yogurt spread. The bright blend of colors is sure to perk appetites, too!

Scalloped Basil Tomatoes

Scalloped Basil Tomatoes

Scalloped Basil Tomatoes

If your garden is flooded with tomatoes, be sure to try this scrumptious baked side dish from Edna Apostol of Savannah, Missouri, "It goes over big at family, church and club dinners," she assures. Cubes of French bread are combined with mildly seasoned tomatoes, then sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and bakes.

Vegetable Rice Casserole

Vegetable Rice Casserole

Vegetable Rice Casserole

"This is my family's favorite side dish any tome of year. It's especially good when fresh produce is in season," says Marcia Nelson from Ponca City, Oklahoma. Brown sugar adds a hint of sweetness to the rice and layered vegetables in this colorful casserole.

Creamy Celery and Peas

Creamy Celery and Peas

Creamy Celery and Peas

Garden-variety peas really shine in this simple side dish shared by Evelyn Kennell of Roanoke, Illinois. Dressed up with sauteed celery and a creamy white sauce, the peas are a perfect way to round out a meaty main course.

Shake Then Bake Potato Wedges

Shake Then Bake Potato Wedges

Shake Then Bake Potato Wedges

Pass on the high-calorie french fries and opt for the tasty potato wedges our Test Kitchen home economists cooked up instead! Baked until crispy, the potatoes are zesty and satisfying.

Garlic-Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

Garlic-Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

Garlic-Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

This is one of my favorite ways to fix mashed potatoes. Int fact, I freeze rosemary each summer with this dish in mind. I increased the garlic from the original recipe, and my family hasn't complained a bit. —Kathy Rairigh of Milford, Indiana
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