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Italian Side Dishes

Looking for Italian side dishes? Find great Italian side dish recipes that complement your Italian dinner or meal.

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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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Italian Pasta and Peas

Italian Pasta and Peas

Italian Pasta and Peas

If your family doesn't care for peas, substitute frozen green beans or broccoli. By stirring in cubed cooked chicken or ham, this becomes a mouthwatering main dish with little effort.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Sweet Peas Parma

Sweet Peas Parma

Sweet Peas Parma

“This is a simple side with delicious Italian flavors.” Peas get dressed up for dinner with just a few easy additions. Don't skip this one! Jill Anderson - Sleepy Eye, Minnesota

Spinach-Stuffed Steak

Spinach-Stuffed Steak

Spinach-Stuffed Steak

A succulent mixture of spinach, peppers and sunflower kernels gives extra-special flavor to these steak slices from Jetta Kaune of Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. "When I have time, I roast my own sweet peppers for the filling," she notes.

Zesty Zucchini

Zesty Zucchini

Zesty Zucchini

Here's a great way to use up that often overabundant vegetable-zucchini! Perfect for potlucks and everyday dinners, it's sure to become a recipe you reach for frequently.

Florentine Rice

Florentine Rice

Florentine Rice

Our Test Kitchen assembled this easy dish with leftover rice. The spinach, red peppers, cheese and pine nuts make it a vibrant accompaniment to any meal.

Brussels Sprouts with Golden Raisins

Brussels Sprouts with Golden Raisins

Brussels Sprouts with Golden Raisins

Take a break from ordinary steamed brussels sprouts by combining them with raisins and a slightly tart dressing. Thinly slicing the sprouts makes them appeal to people who normally don't like the texture.—Michaela Rosenthal, Woodland Hills, California

Italian Ribs and Rice

Italian Ribs and Rice

Italian Ribs and Rice

With meat, vegetables and rice, here's a dish that can be a whole meal by itself. It'll satisfy the hunger of anyone at your table.

Italian-Style Rice

Italian-Style Rice

Italian-Style Rice

While living in Milan with my husband, Leon, I picked up this recipe. Since it contains very little spice, this simple side dish is good for folks who can't eat spicy food.—Kathry Manwiller, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania

Spaghetti Squash Medley

Spaghetti Squash Medley

Spaghetti Squash Medley

"We raise spaghetti squash in our garden, and I enjoy coming up with different ways to use it," writes Wanda Ivan of Salina, Kansas. "We like the colorful mix of tomatoes, carrot, broccoli and snow peas in this microwave dish."

Pesto Rice-Stuffed Pork Chops

Pesto Rice-Stuffed Pork Chops

Pesto Rice-Stuffed Pork Chops

My family loves pork chops so I experimented stuffing them. I used some of our favorite flavors like pesto and used it to stuff them. It was a huge hit!—Carolyn Popwell, Lacey, Washington

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

From Desert Hot Springs, California, Marian Ridgeway writes, “My neighbor and I used to have a friendly competition for that first ripe tomato! This side dish with orzo is always a favorite.”
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