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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.

Zucchini-Garlic Pasta

Zucchini-Garlic Pasta

Zucchini-Garlic Pasta

My Italian neighbor gave me the ingredients for this salad, but he didn't have the measurements written down. I experimented and came up with this recipe, which is a nice side dish with many meals. There are many garlic producers here in California, so I think this recipe represents our area well.

Parmesan Tomatoes

Parmesan Tomatoes

Parmesan Tomatoes

When ruby-red tomatoes appear on the vines in the garden, my family requests these cheesy topped tomatoes as a side dish. I also enjoy these by themselves for a light lunch.

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

This traditional French dish is always welcome at our table. It makes great use of summer’s garden bounty.——Donna Rushing, Balk, Alabama
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Parmesan Noodles

Parmesan Noodles

Parmesan Noodles

You can turn plain pasta into a wonderfully delicious side dish with this simple recipe. Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and fresh parsley make noodles extra-special.

Sausage-Barley Casserole

Sausage-Barley Casserole

Sausage-Barley Casserole

This is the perfect dish for a cool winter evening. It uses a grain which is usually reserved for baking but it is perfect in this casserole.—Mary Beth Jung, Hendersonville, North Carolina

Asparagus Spaghetti

Asparagus Spaghetti

Asparagus Spaghetti

Lots of asparagus is grown not too far from our h me. Each spring, when it's being harvested, I'll make several trips to the fields. I put about 40 lbs. in the freezer...with what's left, we gorge ourselves on fried asparagus, beef and asparagus, scalloped asparagus, etc.! It's no problem feeding my husband (he's retired; we have two grown children and four grandsons). He'll eat almost anything I put in front of him. We like this dish with a salad and dessert. It's so easy to prepare—it takes only about half an hour from start to serving.

Parmesan Potato Sticks

Parmesan Potato Sticks

Parmesan Potato Sticks

Coming up with new side dishes are fun and this is the result of one of my experiments. I love the Parmesan cheese added to these potatoes.—Lee Herrman, Bismarck, North Dakota

Green Beans with Mushrooms

Green Beans with Mushrooms

Green Beans with Mushrooms

This is a tried-and-true favorite! After I first tried this recipe, my family liked it so much they requested it at least once a week! Luckily, it's easy to prepare.

Italian Baked Beans

Italian Baked Beans

Italian Baked Beans

Even people who aren't wild about baked beans enjoy this dish - it puts a new twist on an old summertime favorite. I received the recipe from my brother-in-law and use it often for gatherings. If I have lots of time, I cook the beans on low in a slow cooker - easy and delicious!

Cheesy Zucchini Bake

Cheesy Zucchini Bake

Cheesy Zucchini Bake

This recipe was born out of frustration as to what I was going to do with a bumper crop of zucchini one year. It was an instant hit! Now I prepare this autumn casserole for church dinners and family gatherings.

Zesty Zucchini Skillet

Zesty Zucchini Skillet

Zesty Zucchini Skillet

If your family likes vegetables as much as mine does, you'll like this recipe. Vegetables are so flexible, too, that you can substitute your family's favorites for those in this recipe. In our family, we all like zucchini, so I'm always trying to find some new ways to prepare it.
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