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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.

Great Garden Veggies

Great Garden Veggies

Great Garden Veggies

I jazz up zucchini, yellow squash and tomato with cheese and seasonings. The no-fuss skillet side dish is perfect for using summer's bounty. Plus, the veggies are great alongside grilled chicken, fish and most other warm-weather fare.—Chris Schmidt, Clarksville, Tennessee

Three-Pepper Pasta Toss

Three-Pepper Pasta Toss

Three-Pepper Pasta Toss

Red, yellow and green peppers lend a pleasant sweetness to Sandy's suggested side dish, Three-Pepper Pasta Toss. Ideal alongside the savory chops, this lightly coated medley complements most any meal. "It's simple, looks good and tastes wonderful," she comments. "I keep the ingredients on hand because Jeff likes it as a meatless main course."

End-of-the-Garden Casserole

End-of-the-Garden Casserole

End-of-the-Garden Casserole

The conclusion of the growing season is just the beginning of this garden-fresh hot dish from Kathy Crow of Payson, Arizona. Packed with potatoes, onions, eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini and more, there's a harvest of vitamins and minerals in every forkful. The recipe makes a lot, so you can share the bounty.
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Two-Tomato Pasta

Two-Tomato Pasta

Two-Tomato Pasta

Plum and cherry tomatoes are put to delicious use in this breezy pasta combination. “This is my favorite summer pasta dish with fresh tomatoes,” Mary Ann Hansen says from St. Cloud, Minnesota. “It’s speedy and slightly creamy and makes very simple fare with grilled meat.”

Bruschetta Polenta

Bruschetta Polenta

Bruschetta Polenta

Prepared polenta can be found in the Italian, ethnic section or refrigerated section of your grocery store.

Parmesan Couscous

Parmesan Couscous

Parmesan Couscous

This tasty side dish is whipped up in just 10 minutes on the stovetop. It has a hit of garlic and pretty color from green onion and pimientos.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Summer Garden Pasta

Summer Garden Pasta

Summer Garden Pasta

This fresh-tasting side dish pairs pasta with an array of nutritious veggies, including zucchini, bell peppers and a juicy tomato. "Our four boys are all grown and out of the house, but I still grow a large garden every summer and give away everything we can't eat," notes April Johnson, Tonasket, Washington.

Creamy Tortellini

Creamy Tortellini

Creamy Tortellini

An envelope of vegetable soup mix lends flavor to the simple cream sauce that coats this rich pasta entree. I like to garnish it with additional mozzarella cheese and parsley.

Rigatoni Florentine

Rigatoni Florentine

Rigatoni Florentine

"I replaced the ham in the original recipe for this skillet dinner with turkey ham and used less olive oil and more veggies," says Lynda McClellan of West Melbourne, Florida. The result is an appealing entree that's not too heavy.

Vegetarian Penne

Vegetarian Penne

Vegetarian Penne

"My husband and I love pasta and vegetables," relates Gail Cawsey of Geneseo, Illinois. "I created this dish several years ago. It serves as dinner for the two of us or as an impressive side dish when we're entertaining."

Lemon Angel Hair

Lemon Angel Hair

Lemon Angel Hair

I serve this time-saving treatment for angel hair pasta gets loads of flavor from lemon and Parmesan cheese. A hint of garlic and flecks of fresh parsley add interest, too. This simple side dish is so versatile, it also could accompany chicken, fish, seafood or pork.—Meg Mongell, Plainfield, Indiana
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