Italian Side Dishes

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Roasted Pepper Salad

Here’s a versatile, pretty side that will go with a summer full of entrées! —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
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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.

Pasta Shells with Herbs

Pasta Shells with Herbs

Pasta Shells with Herbs

"I grow my own herbs, and this dish showcases them perfectly," says Marilyn Pozzo from Salmo, British Columbia. "Red pepper slices and a sprinkling of parsley dress up the pasta shells in a simple yet eye-pleasing way. My husband and our three young children enjoy this on the side with grilled pork, bee, chicken and fish."

Pesto Rice-Stuffed Pork Chops

Pesto Rice-Stuffed Pork Chops

Pesto Rice-Stuffed Pork Chops

My family loves pork chops so I experimented stuffing them. I used some of our favorite flavors like pesto and used it to stuff them. It was a huge hit!—Carolyn Popwell, Lacey, Washington
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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!

Spaghetti Carbonara for Two

Spaghetti Carbonara for Two

Spaghetti Carbonara for Two

When the temperature drops in Shawnee, Kansas, Melanie Hudson warms up with a comforting Italian classic. “As a zippy side or light entree, you simply can’t beat it for simplicity,” she notes. Serve with a tossed green salad.

Garlic Potato Bake

Garlic Potato Bake

Garlic Potato Bake

I created this recipe for an end-of-summer harvest picnic. Everyone loved it.

Tangy Italian Green Beans

Tangy Italian Green Beans

Tangy Italian Green Beans

And round out any meal with Italian Green Beans from Rudy Martino. The sharpness of the Parmesan cheese goes nicely with the tangy flavor of the chicken. “This has been a family favorite for many years,” writes the Lombard, Illinois reader.

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.

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.

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

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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