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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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Marie Rizzio shows us how to enjoy seasonal flavors with her cheesy saute, an easy-to-prepare recipe that “makes use of fresh squash, grape tomatoes and flavorful basil.” —Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan
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Pesto Veggie Stacks

Pesto Veggie Stacks

Pesto Veggie Stacks

This recipe was developed out of desperation as I tried to keep up with the prolific "Great Green Zucchini" from our garden. My two daughters would start snacking on these before I could get them to the table. Even finicky vegetable eaters enjoy them. —Kathy Provost, Troy, New York

Great Garden Veggies

Great Garden Veggies

Great Garden Veggies

I jazz up zucchini, yellow squash and tomato with cheese and seasonings. The no-fuss skillet side dish is perfect for using summer's bounty. Plus, the veggies are great alongside grilled chicken, fish and most other warm-weather fare.—Chris Schmidt, Clarksville, Tennessee

Green Beans Provence

Green Beans Provence

Green Beans Provence

Crisp-tender green beans are paired with tomatoes for a colorful and nutritious side. Dressed with fresh basil and just enough vinegar to add a bit of tang, this side compliments most any entree. Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
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Three-Veggie Skillet

Three-Veggie Skillet

Three-Veggie Skillet

To try out the Gourmet Grillware, our Test Kitchen came up with this simple side dish featuring tender roasted vegetables with a hint of seasoning. The veggies are great alongside many entrees. You can also prepare this dish in a cast-iron skillet.

Veggie Risotto

Veggie Risotto

Veggie Risotto

Short grain rice is preferred when making this classic Italian dish. Arborio rice is the most widely available short grain rice to use.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Shiitake & Butternut Risotto

Shiitake & Butternut Risotto

Shiitake & Butternut Risotto

I like to think of this recipe as a labor of love. The risotto takes a bit of extra attention, but once you reach that requisite creaminess, your taste buds will let you know it was worth the effort. —Stephanie Campbell, Elk Grove, California

Green Beans with Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Green Beans with Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Green Beans with Roasted Grape Tomatoes

You’ll have a healthy red and green holiday with this full-flavored side dish. Bright, roasted tomatoes top crisp-tender beans with sweetness. Grated cheese adds protein and taste.—Michaela Rosenthal, Woodland Hills, CA

Italian-Style Lima Beans

Italian-Style Lima Beans

Italian-Style Lima Beans

This Italian-style side dish will delight lima bean lovers. Not only is it a colorful addition to the menu, the combination of flavors enhance the beans to a delightful taste. The lima beans have a bite yet are tender and perfect with the delicate flavor of the cherry tomatoes.

Roasted Vegetables with Orzo

Roasted Vegetables with Orzo

Roasted Vegetables with Orzo

A little peppery heat warms up this tasty and versatile veggie-and-orzo side dish from Sam Stusek in Annapolis, Maryland. “I often substitute a variety of our favorite seasonal vegetables and it's always delicious,” he notes.

Marinated Tomatoes

Marinated Tomatoes

Marinated Tomatoes

My mom made this salad often, and I have made it for my family. The bread is delicious dipped in the dressing. It's something you can enjoy all summer. -Maryalice Kieffer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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.
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