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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.

Brunch Risotto

Brunch Risotto

Brunch Risotto

“This light, flavorful and inexpensive risotto makes a surprising addition to a traditional brunch menu,” writes Jennifer Dines of Brighton, Massachusetts. “It's gotten lots of compliments from my friends,” she adds.

Lemon Risotto with Peas

Lemon Risotto with Peas

Lemon Risotto with Peas

Lemon adds a refreshing taste to this lovely risotto dish that's perfect for spring. Sue Dannahower of Fort Pierce, Florida sent us this easy side that's festively sprinkled with baby peas.

Spinach Penne Toss

Spinach Penne Toss

Spinach Penne Toss

Spinach provides a delicious base for all the wonderful flavor combinations found in Kierste Wade's hearty salad. The Midland, Michigan reader writes, This salad is perfect for so many different occasions, including when company comes.”
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Pasta with Garlic Oil

Pasta with Garlic Oil

Pasta with Garlic Oil

My family is Italian, and this is one of our old faves with plenty of garlic, mushrooms and herbs. To help the sauce adhere, don’t rinse the pasta in water after you drain it. —Pamela Vittori, Chicago Heights, Illinois

Garden Primavera Fettuccine

Garden Primavera Fettuccine

Garden Primavera Fettuccine

“I created this side while trying to make broccoli Alfredo," writes Tammy Perrault of Lancaster, Ohio. "I kept adding fresh vegetables, and the result was this creamy pasta dish!”

Swiss Zucchini Bake

Swiss Zucchini Bake

Swiss Zucchini Bake

This is a great entree for a romantic brunch for two, sent from George Hascher of Phoenicia, New York. This cheesy, comforting bake will make you both smile.

Quick Herbed Green Beans

Quick Herbed Green Beans

Quick Herbed Green Beans

“They are yummy warm or chilled, and they make a wonderful centerpiece for an antipasto tray!” Nanci Keatley - Salem, Oregon

Basil Red Potatoes

Basil Red Potatoes

Basil Red Potatoes

Tender red potatoes get a light coating of butter, wine and basil for a side that's just right almost any main dish. Bernadette Bennett - Waco, TX

Italian Grilled Veggies

Italian Grilled Veggies

Italian Grilled Veggies

Here's a zesty side dish that will complement any main course. “This recipe was an experiment I tried when I had some leftover vegetables in the refrigerator,” says Anna Marie Short of Lonedell, Missouri. “Now, it is one of our favorites.”

Yellow Squash and Tomatoes

Yellow Squash and Tomatoes

Yellow Squash and Tomatoes

Kathy Smith of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania writes of her Yellow Squash and Tomatoes, “Don't be fooled by the simplicity; this is so good. I made it at least once a week last summer when the garden was producing squash, tomatoes and basil.”

Lemon-Garlic Penne with Crab

Lemon-Garlic Penne with Crab

Lemon-Garlic Penne with Crab

Our Christmas Eve supper isn't the same without this seafood pasta. I love lots of garlic, but you can use less to suit your family's tastes.
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