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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.

Light Pesto

Light Pesto

Light Pesto

"I adapted this recipe by substituting fresh lemon juice for olive oil—cutting the fat, but not the flavor," says Cynthia Nardi from Uhrichsville, Ohio. "

Artichoke Orzo Pilaf

Artichoke Orzo Pilaf

Artichoke Orzo Pilaf

Canned artichoke hearts bring a tangy taste to tangy orzo pasta in this side dish. "This saute is quick and easy...and tasty, too," writes Stacy Crochet of Watertown, Connecticut.

Crumb-Topped Broccoli Medley

Crumb-Topped Broccoli Medley

Crumb-Topped Broccoli Medley

Toasted almonds, Parmesan cheese and a full-flavored seasoning blend lend plenty of pizzazz to the crumb topping on these steamed veggies. They're crisp-tender and colorful, too.
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Tomato N Cheese Pasta

Tomato N Cheese Pasta

Tomato N Cheese Pasta

Garlic, basil and oregano add pizzazz to this savory side dish. The pasta is tender and moist, and there's plenty of cheese flavor. I like to serve it alongside steaks or chicken. -Dawn Dhooghe Concord, North Carolina

Asparagus Pasta

Asparagus Pasta

Asparagus Pasta

A sure sign of spring is fresh asparagus. This recipe would be wonderful for a luncheon celebrating the season. The tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, olives, Italian seasoning and Romano cheese create a sensational taste combination.

Broiled Parmesan Tomatoes

Broiled Parmesan Tomatoes

Broiled Parmesan Tomatoes

I love to make this recipe when tomatoes are at their peak—the tomatoes almost melt in your mouth.—Joylyn Trickel

Broccoli Parmesan

Broccoli Parmesan

Broccoli Parmesan

Jessie Sarrazin of Livingston, Montana shares her oh-so-easy side dish that goes great with almost any entrée. Use less basil for a subtle flavor, and more for a stronger Italian taste.

Garlic Oregano Zucchini

Garlic Oregano Zucchini

Garlic Oregano Zucchini

I've found that this flavorful side dish complements almost any main course, from chicken to fish. If you like, use half yellow summer squash for a colorful variation.—Teresa Kraus, Cortez, Colorado

Eggplant Bruschetta

Eggplant Bruschetta

Eggplant Bruschetta

Here’s a memorable take on an all-time classic. Maxine Petersohn tops eggplant slices with chopped tomatoes, fresh basil and cheese before broiling them. "My family thoroughly enjoys them," she pens from Cortez, Florida.

Sage Polenta

Sage Polenta

Sage Polenta

Bits of sweet red pepper peek through these pretty polenta squares that have a slightly sweet corn flavor and are generously seasoned with sage. Serve this traditional ethnic side dish with Italian entrees...or even Southwestern fare, suggests our Test Kitchen staff.

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.
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