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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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When you roast green beans and tomatoes, their flavors really shine through. The vibrant colors light up our holiday table. —Brittany Allyn, Nashville, TN
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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.

Colorful Zucchini Boats

Colorful Zucchini Boats

Colorful Zucchini Boats

In Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Shirley Glaab hollows out zucchini, then fills the shells with an herb-seasoned stuffing for a colorful side dish.

White Beans with Rigatoni

White Beans with Rigatoni

White Beans with Rigatoni

"My husband and I are fans of canned beans...especially when they're combined with pasta," shares Carol Gaus of Itasca, Illinois. "This quick-to-fix recipe makes a wonderful after-work meal served with whole wheat rolls and a salad with light vinaigrette dressing."
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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.”

Italian-Style Broccoli

Italian-Style Broccoli

Italian-Style Broccoli

With just a handful of ingredients, this side comes together in a jiffy. Coupled with the ravioli, it’s a menu that might just make you fall in love, Italian-style! —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, KS

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

Sage Polenta

Sage Polenta

Sage Polenta

Bits of sweet red pepper peek through these pretty polenta squares that have a slightly sweet corn flavor and are generously seasoned with sage. Serve this traditional ethnic side dish with Italian entrees...or even Southwestern fare, suggests our Test Kitchen staff.

Antipasto Potato Bake

Antipasto Potato Bake

Antipasto Potato Bake

This hearty side dish has a surprising Mediterranean flavor. With lots of color from red peppers and black olives, it’s shared by Kelley Butler-Ludington of East Haven, Connecticut.

Italian Spaghetti Squash

Italian Spaghetti Squash

Italian Spaghetti Squash

This is a unique and easy way to cook spaghetti squash. Be sure the squash is on the small or medium side so that it fits into the slow cooker after being cut in half.—Melissa Brooks, Sparta, Wisconsin

Baked Italian Tomatoes

Baked Italian Tomatoes

Baked Italian Tomatoes

I made this recipe into a family favorite. We have a big garden each year, so most of the ingredients come right from the garden.

Potatoes with Beans 'n' Pasta

Potatoes with Beans 'n' Pasta

Potatoes with Beans 'n' Pasta

Basil and parsley, plus a generous dash of lemon, help perk up the flavors in this pretty and appealing side dish from Dorothy Smith of El Dorado, Arkansas. Starring both pasta and potatoes, it's a hearty choice to round out almost any menu.
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