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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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.

Bow Ties with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Bow Ties with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Bow Ties with Fresh Tomato Sauce

"I make this meatless dish often for my husband and me," writes Karen Vienot of Rothesay, New Brunswick. Try it as a change of pace from traditional sauces.

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."

Salmon with Fettuccine Alfredo

Salmon with Fettuccine Alfredo

Salmon with Fettuccine Alfredo

Pat Patty used salmon, her imagination and her taste buds to come up with a smart twist on an Italian classic. This healthy indulgence makes a pretty dish fit for company, she adds from Spring, Texas.

Pepperoni Potatoes

Pepperoni Potatoes

Pepperoni Potatoes

"On lazy Saturdays, my family really enjoys this comforting casserole," writes Brenda Schrag. The Farmington, New Mexico cook relies on convenient O'Brien potatoes, bits of pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and sweet red pepper for the hearty dish.

Herbed Italian Rib Roast

Herbed Italian Rib Roast

Herbed Italian Rib Roast

"This amazing recipe has been a favorite in my family for years. I like to roast twice as many vegetables so I can make a quick, full-flavored hash with the leftovers." – Lillian Julow, Gainesville, Florida

Antipasto Potato Bake

Antipasto Potato Bake

Antipasto Potato Bake

This hearty side dish has a surprising Mediterranean flavor. With lots of color from red peppers and black olives, it’s shared by Kelley Butler-Ludington of East Haven, Connecticut.

White Beans with Rigatoni

White Beans with Rigatoni

White Beans with Rigatoni

"My husband and I are fans of canned beans...especially when they're combined with pasta," shares Carol Gaus of Itasca, Illinois. "This quick-to-fix recipe makes a wonderful after-work meal served with whole wheat rolls and a salad with light vinaigrette dressing."

Olive and Red Pepper Linguine

Olive and Red Pepper Linguine

Olive and Red Pepper Linguine

"With 16 grandchildren, I find that someone is always hungry," writes Berry Carpenter of Hookstown, Pennsylvania. "This is a quick dish to fix when I'm busy. I sometimes serve it along with garlic bread for an easy meatless meal," she adds.
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