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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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Garden Orzo Risotto

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Cindy Beberman
No one will believe this rich, creamy dish was prepared in less than 30 minutes! I developed the recipe when my garden tomatoes, zucchini and basil were coming on strong. Using orzo instead of Arborio rice makes the risotto so much easier to prepare. —Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois
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Olive and Red Pepper Linguine

Olive and Red Pepper Linguine

Olive and Red Pepper Linguine

"With 16 grandchildren, I find that someone is always hungry," writes Berry Carpenter of Hookstown, Pennsylvania. "This is a quick dish to fix when I'm busy. I sometimes serve it along with garlic bread for an easy meatless meal," she adds.

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

Asparagus and Mushroom Rice Medley

Asparagus and Mushroom Rice Medley

Asparagus and Mushroom Rice Medley

With tons of veggies and flavorful rice, this simple dish has all your sides covered. Hearty and filling, this, paired with chicken or the pork chops here, is the only side you'll need. Vary the basil depending on how sweet you like your meals. Pat Habiger - Spearville, Kansas
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Brunch Risotto

Brunch Risotto

Brunch Risotto

“This light, flavorful and inexpensive risotto makes a surprising addition to a traditional brunch menu,” writes Jennifer Dines of Brighton, Massachusetts. “It's gotten lots of compliments from my friends,” she adds.

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.

Basil Red Potatoes for 2

Basil Red Potatoes for 2

Basil Red Potatoes for 2

Tender red potatoes get a light coating of butter, wine and basil for a side that's just right with almost any main dish. Bernadette Bennett - Waco, TX

Basil Noodles

Basil Noodles

Basil Noodles

This recipe is our favorite use for our summer crop of basil. We even grow a monster leaf variety of basil just to create this pasta. —Janine M Colasurdo, Chesapeake, Virginia

Two-Bean Tomato Bake

Two-Bean Tomato Bake

Two-Bean Tomato Bake

Parmesan cheese, basil and garlic spice up this mouthwatering medley of beans, mushrooms, onion and tomato. A crumb topping adds crunch to this veggie bake that's even more flavorful when you use your garden harvest.—Dorothy Rieke, Julian, Nebraska

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

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.

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
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