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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.

Creamy Vegetable Lasagna

Creamy Vegetable Lasagna

Creamy Vegetable Lasagna

Our Test Kitchen created this recipe for this creamy herbed vegetable lasagna. It's also a great option for a vegetarian main dish.

Tomato Pasta Toss

Tomato Pasta Toss

Tomato Pasta Toss

I came up with this end-of-summer pasta toss while trying to figure out how to use up tomatoes from my grandmother's garden. It's quick, easy and tasty.

Swiss Mushroom Orzo

Swiss Mushroom Orzo

Swiss Mushroom Orzo

Holly Bonds of Smyrna, Georgia turns to this go-with-everything dish as a substitute for rice or potatoes. TIP: “It's also wonderful with roasted red peppers or steamed broccoli thrown in,” Holly suggests.
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Herb-Topped Stuffed Tomatoes

Herb-Topped Stuffed Tomatoes

Herb-Topped Stuffed Tomatoes

This simple treatment perfectly complements the fresh taste of tomatoes. Serve as a side dish to any entree or as a fresh summer appetizer. Mary E. Relyea - Canastota, New York

Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf

Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf

Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf

"Mildly flavored and flecked with garlic and fresh herbs, this creamy, versatile side dish can accompany a wide variety of entrees. Plus, it’s a cinch to put together." --Mary Relyea of Canastota, New York

Green Beans Italiano

Green Beans Italiano

Green Beans Italiano

The tomatoes and green beans make a pretty combo in this vegetable dish. Eliminate the salt if you prefer. —Amy Welk-Thieding

Dried Fruit and Sausage Dressing

Dried Fruit and Sausage Dressing

Dried Fruit and Sausage Dressing

This recipe was developed by one of our freelance food stylists, Suzanne Breckenridge. I make it every Thanksgiving, and my husband always hopes for leftovers! —Stephanie Marchese

Breaded Tomato Slices

Breaded Tomato Slices

Breaded Tomato Slices

Rounding out the meal are Breaded Tomato Slices. Garden-fresh tomatoes are sliced, breaded and browned in a skillet for a flavorful change of pace. "They're crunchy and well seasoned," she adds. "The mozzarella cheese perfectly complements the simple, tasty coating."

Vegetable Focaccia

Vegetable Focaccia

Vegetable Focaccia

"This popular recipe began as herb focaccia but gradually came to include our favorite vegetables," writes Michele Fairchok of Throop, Pennsylvania. "There's no cheese because my husband can't have dairy products. But some people who try it think it has cheese anyway!"

Italian Zucchini Bake

Italian Zucchini Bake

Italian Zucchini Bake

Kids of all ages are sure to like this fun vegetarian spin on pizza! The recipe comes from Carol Mieske of Red Bluff, California. "You can't even tell there's zucchini in this dish," she notes. "If you have meat eaters in your family, try adding turkey pepperoni or sausage."

Hearty Alfredo Potatoes

Hearty Alfredo Potatoes

Hearty Alfredo Potatoes

With turkey and broccoli, this special scalloped potato dish is a meal in itself. Using a jar of Alfredo sauce makes the preparation time minimal. —Lissa Hutson, Phelan, California
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