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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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Italian Roasted Potatoes

Italian Roasted Potatoes

Italian Roasted Potatoes

"The herbs in this recipe make ordinary potatoes extraordinary!" Stacey Diehl writes from her Lecanto, Florida home. "They go great with burgers or meat loaf."

Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Saute

Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Saute

Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Saute

Fast to fix and full of flavor, this warm, refreshing side dish makes the most of cherry tomatoes, pairing them with fresh mozarella cubes and seasoning the combination with thyme. —Summer Jones Pleasant Grove, Utah

Healthy Garlic Green Beans

Healthy Garlic Green Beans

Healthy Garlic Green Beans

"Because this recipe is easy to prepare, healthy and delicious, it has become the only way I make green beans," says Clara Saxe of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The versatile beans feature plenty of garlic and Italian seasoning and complement most any entree.
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Garden Orzo Risotto

Garden Orzo Risotto

Garden Orzo Risotto

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

Garlic-Buttered Pasta

Garlic-Buttered Pasta

Garlic-Buttered Pasta

This pasta goes nicely with any entree. Guests always leave a spot for it on their plates. It's great hot or served cold with fresh herbs from my garden.—Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho.

Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf

Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf

Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf

"Mildly flavored and flecked with garlic and fresh herbs, this creamy, versatile side dish can accompany a wide variety of entrees. Plus, it’s a cinch to put together." --Mary Relyea of Canastota, New York

Rustic Roasted Vegetable Tart

Rustic Roasted Vegetable Tart

Rustic Roasted Vegetable Tart

No one will miss the meat in this appealing tart. The flaky, rustic-style crust holds an assortment of flavorful veggies simply seasoned with garlic and olive oil. It's guaranteed to make an impression. —Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan

Spinach Penne Toss

Spinach Penne Toss

Spinach Penne Toss

Spinach provides a delicious base for all the wonderful flavor combinations found in Kierste Wade's hearty salad. The Midland, Michigan reader writes, This salad is perfect for so many different occasions, including when company comes.”

Butternut Orzo Risotto

Butternut Orzo Risotto

Butternut Orzo Risotto

This creamy dish resembles traditional rice risotto, only it’s quicker and easier to make. Fresh herbs enhance the tender orzo pasta and sweet butternut squash. Try it as a warming side dish for pork.—Country Woman Test Kitchen

Pepperoni Angel Hair

Pepperoni Angel Hair

Pepperoni Angel Hair

This noodle side dish is so versatile that it can accompany steak, pork chops, chicken or even hamburgers. Chill leftovers to serve as a cool main-dish salad on a warm summer night. When time allows, I like to replace the pepperoni with sliced cooked chicken. -Julie Mosher, Coldwater, Michigan

Rigatoni Chard Toss

Rigatoni Chard Toss

Rigatoni Chard Toss

I had to get my firefighter husband to eat more fruits and veggies to lower his cholesterol and triglycerides. Fresh chard and tomatoes add a lot of fiber and vitamins to our diets, but we love this recipe for the flavor. While he would never admit to eating "health food" around the firehouse, this dish is one of many that made his trips to the doctor much more pleasant! —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California
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