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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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Squash and beer make my risotto different and delicious. Plus, cooking it in the oven cuts down on hands-on time making it. Win-win. —Katie Ferrier Gage, Houston, TX
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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.

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

Parmesan Creamed Spinach

Parmesan Creamed Spinach

Parmesan Creamed Spinach

This rich and creamy spinach dish takes just minutes to make. If I'm expecting guests, I'll double or triple the recipe. —Leann Ross, San Tan Valley, Arizona
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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.

Portobellos Parmesano

Portobellos Parmesano

Portobellos Parmesano

Our Test Kitchen home economists came up with this easy-to-fix meatless entree. Fontina cheese and marinara sauce give a real Italian flavor to this satisfying twist on eggplant Parmesan.

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

Eggplant with Tomato Sauce

Eggplant with Tomato Sauce

Eggplant with Tomato Sauce

My grandmother brought this recipe from Italy about 125 years ago. It's been passed through the generations and is now being made by my own great-granddaughters! It's a delightful side dish that we serve with a variety of main courses such as pasta with meatballs or baked chicken. I make it every week!

Raisin-Studded Apple Stuffing

Raisin-Studded Apple Stuffing

Raisin-Studded Apple Stuffing

This is the only stuffing my family will permit on our holiday table. With Italian sausage and a blend of so many great flavors, it's almost a meal in itself. No wonder it won first prize in a local recipe contest!

Twice-as-Nice Mashed Potatoes

Twice-as-Nice Mashed Potatoes

Twice-as-Nice Mashed Potatoes

If you can't decide what kind of potatoes to serve, reach for this recipe, which blends both red and sweet potatoes. It will quickly become a staple at all of your holiday dinners.

Vegetable Focaccia

Vegetable Focaccia

Vegetable Focaccia

"This popular recipe began as herb focaccia but gradually came to include our favorite vegetables," writes Michele Fairchok of Throop, Pennsylvania. "There's no cheese because my husband can't have dairy products. But some people who try it think it has cheese anyway!"

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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