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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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A colorful mixture of peppers and green beans get an Italian treatment with basil and Parmesan cheese in this delightful vegetable dish. The garlic adds a savory zip. —Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington
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Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes

Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes

Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes

I FOUND that beans, basil and tomatoes make a very tasty combination of flavors, especially in summer, when all these ingredients can be garden fresh. I like to serve this pretty vegetable dish when entertaining. It's so colorful! -Shirley Heare, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Bruschetta Polenta

Bruschetta Polenta

Bruschetta Polenta

Prepared polenta can be found in the Italian, ethnic section or refrigerated section of your grocery store.

Peasant Peppers

Peasant Peppers

Peasant Peppers

My mother-in-law, who lives in Italy, taught me to make this simple casserole. It’s considered wholesome peasant fare—but I’ve never tasted peppers as delicious! —Robyn Scollo, Fairport, NY
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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

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

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!

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!

Spring Green Risotto

Spring Green Risotto

Spring Green Risotto

Once a week, I create a new recipe for my blog, An Officer and a Vegan. I first made this risotto when I needed something cheerful and comforting. It would be fantastic with asparagus, zucchini or summer squash, but use whatever veggies are in season. —Deanna McDonald, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Pasta with Tomatoes

Pasta with Tomatoes

Pasta with Tomatoes

Earlene Ertelt of Woodburn, Oregon found the recipe for Pasta with Tomatoes in the newspaper a few years ago and has used it frequently ever since. "My husband, Charles, and I are busy on our farm and with other activities, so quick and easy dishes like this one are very important to me," Earlene asserts.

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.

Bow Ties with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Bow Ties with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Bow Ties with Fresh Tomato Sauce

"I make this meatless dish often for my husband and me," writes Karen Vienot of Rothesay, New Brunswick. Try it as a change of pace from traditional sauces.
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