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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 Pasta Bake

Zucchini Pasta Bake

Zucchini Pasta Bake

My husband is a gardener in our family, and I love to create new recipes with produce. I developed this dish during an especially bountiful zucchini harvest.

Angel Hair with Walnuts

Angel Hair with Walnuts

Angel Hair with Walnuts

“I worked in an Italian restaurant that served pasta with olive oil, garlic and a sprinkling of walnuts. I enjoyed the medley so much that I developed this recipe for an important dinner—and it was a hit,” writes Nancy Beckman from Helena, Montana.

Parmesan Vegetable Saute

Parmesan Vegetable Saute

Parmesan Vegetable Saute

“I came up with this recipe one evening when I didn’t have enough time to make pasta primavera,” recalls Caroline Sperry in Shelby Township, Michigan. “It’s a hearty veggie dish…and so savory and fun to toss around in a skillet!”
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Herbed Angel Hair Pasta

Herbed Angel Hair Pasta

Herbed Angel Hair Pasta

Looking for something a little more exciting than boiled pasta to serve with a chicken entree, Greta Igl found inspiration and just-picked flavor in her herb garden. “I love using fresh herbs whenever possible, she says, “and I have plants tucked all around my yard in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.”

Tangy Zucchini Saute

Tangy Zucchini Saute

Tangy Zucchini Saute

You don't have to go to great lengths to zip up zucchini, as this recipe so tastefully proves. Our Test Kitchen stirred up the savory solution-saute it in a jiffy!

Gnocchi in Sage Butter

Gnocchi in Sage Butter

Gnocchi in Sage Butter

Buttery garlic and sage sauce adds melt-in-your-mouth flavor to these feather-light but filling and oh-so-easy, homemade potato puffs from our Test Kitchen.

Tomato Gnocchi with Pesto

Tomato Gnocchi with Pesto

Tomato Gnocchi with Pesto

Our taste panel simply loved the flavorful blend of pesto sauce and pine nuts in this delectable and impressive dish from our Test Kitchen that any cook would be proud to serve guests—even Italian ones!

Creamy Vegetable Bow Tie Toss

Creamy Vegetable Bow Tie Toss

Creamy Vegetable Bow Tie Toss

You can use any kind of pasta for this creamy toss that bursts with colorful veggies. It’s been a mainstay for about 10 years now and is perfect for potlucks. —Lorraine Caland Thunder Bay, Ontario

Herb Roasted Squash

Herb Roasted Squash

Herb Roasted Squash

Herbs are stirred into butter, then spread on bread; it gives this grilled cheese great flavor. You'll love this twist on a traditional favorite.

Tomato Garden Pasta

Tomato Garden Pasta

Tomato Garden Pasta

Aileen Sheehan of Stafford, Virginia mixes fresh tomatoes, green beans and pasta with a splash of balsamic vinaigrette, a hint of basil and chives and crumbled feta cheese for a colorful, Mediterranean delight. “I have served this many times, using fresh tomatoes from my garden. It’s a wonderful side dish,” Aileen says. “With Italian sausage and basil bread, it's a scrumptious meal.”

Tangy Italian Green Beans

Tangy Italian Green Beans

Tangy Italian Green Beans

And round out any meal with Italian Green Beans from Rudy Martino. The sharpness of the Parmesan cheese goes nicely with the tangy flavor of the chicken. “This has been a family favorite for many years,” writes the Lombard, Illinois reader.
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