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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.

Italian Broccoli

Italian Broccoli

Italian Broccoli

I have been making this dish for years. It is a great way to dress up broccoli, a colorful side dish with any roasted meats. I often steam the broccoli ahead of time, cool it quickly in cold water, drain and then, when ready to serve, warm it in the hot garlic oil.

Pistachio Cranberry Orzo

Pistachio Cranberry Orzo

Pistachio Cranberry Orzo

“This recipe was originally an entree with chicken and linguini,” notes Barbara Spitzer of Lodi, California. “I keep changing the ingredients to go with whatever else I’m serving for dinner, but my husband prefers this recipe.”

Basil Baked Tomatoes

Basil Baked Tomatoes

Basil Baked Tomatoes

This recipe has been in our family for many years. My mother brought it with her when she came to the United States from Italy. When tomatoes are plentiful, this is a great way to serve them. —Mary Detzi, Wind Gap, Pennsylvania
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Creamy Parmesan Penne

Creamy Parmesan Penne

Creamy Parmesan Penne

"This dish is excellent as a side dish to farmer-style sausage or schnitzel," writes Wendy Nuis of Stokes Bay, Ontario. The creamy sauce is accented by a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Roasted Vegetables with Orzo

Roasted Vegetables with Orzo

Roasted Vegetables with Orzo

A little peppery heat warms up this tasty and versatile veggie-and-orzo side dish from Sam Stusek in Annapolis, Maryland. “I often substitute a variety of our favorite seasonal vegetables and it's always delicious,” he notes.

Creamy Mushroom Bow Ties

Creamy Mushroom Bow Ties

Creamy Mushroom Bow Ties

“This pasta dish has become one of our favorites,” reports Dodi Walker of Peachtree City, Georgia. “It is so easy! But it tastes like it took much longer in the kitchen than it does. Some of our friends don’t eat red meat, so I sometimes serve this as a meatless main dish. It’s wonderful with a salad and a loaf of French bread.”

Italian-Style Broccoli

Italian-Style Broccoli

Italian-Style Broccoli

With just a handful of ingredients, this side comes together in a jiffy. Coupled with the ravioli, it’s a menu that might just make you fall in love, Italian-style! —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, KS

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.

Zucchini Mozzarella Medley

Zucchini Mozzarella Medley

Zucchini Mozzarella Medley

Jennifer Yoder writes from Amberg, Wisconsin, “I love fresh vegetables, especially zucchini, and my mother-in-law's recipe for Zucchini Mozzarella Medley is one of my favorite ways to fix it.”

Italian Style Green Beans

Italian Style Green Beans

Italian Style Green Beans

Fresh green beans and mushrooms star in this pretty dish from Gloria Warczak of Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Lightly coated with olive oil, lemon and basil, the beans are cooked to perfection.

Hearty Tomato-Zucchini Pasta

Hearty Tomato-Zucchini Pasta

Hearty Tomato-Zucchini Pasta

The hearty taste of fresh ingredients makes this delicious as any you'll find in a fancy restaurant. I'm sure your family will love it as much as mine does!
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