Our 10 Most Popular Side Dish Recipes in October

maria's mexican rice
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While the main dish may take up the biggest portion of your plate, everyone knows the sides make the meal. And the Allrecipes community certainly loves to cook up some tasty sides. This month it was all about potatoes, pasta, and veggies that graced our home cooks' plates. If that sounds like the best type of meal to you, then scroll through to find our most popular side dish recipes from October.

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Best Potatoes You'll Ever Taste

Best Potatoes You'll Ever Taste

These quick-and-easy potatoes only have five ingredients. But the secret ingredient that makes these taste so good is mayonnaise — believe us, it's worth a try. And you can make them in the oven for dinner or on your grill for a tasty tailgate snack.

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Pasta Salad

pasta salad
Rick Whittles

This pasta salad is loaded with veggies, including cherry tomatoes, red, green, and yellow bell peppers, and black olives. Of course, you can add any other veggies you like — reviewers like broccoli — as well as feta or Cheddar cheese.

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Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots on a white plate

These easy carrots are just as pretty as they are tasty. The bright-orange beauties are coated in butter, brown sugar, salt, and white pepper for a delicious, healthy-ish side. For extra sweetness, reviewers like to add cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Pasta

a plate of spaghetti with roasted cherry tomato pasta sauce

"This recipe is AMAZING!! I wish I had found it sooner when my garden cherry tomatoes were booming!! Flavorful and pretty dang easy," says reviewer DREGINEK.

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Authentic German Potato Salad

closeup of a serving of potato salad with chopped bacon and fresh parsley in a white ceramic bowl

Oktoberfest may be over, but you can still celebrate the German-inspired flavors with this potato salad. This German potato salad has a vinegar base with sugar, onion, bacon, and fresh parsley.

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Slow Cooker Stuffing

bread stuffing in a white dish

Who says stuffing can only be enjoyed on Thanksgiving? Plus, when it's this easy to make, you'll crave it all the time. This stuffing is prepared in the slow cooker, but you can also make it in the oven if you prefer.

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Balsamic-Roasted Vegetables

Soup Loving Nicole

Up your roasted veggies game with these flavorful onions, carrots, and potatoes roasted in a balsamic vinegar mixture. You can also add other veggies if you like — reviewers have used parsnips or beets — but you can use whatever you like best.

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Microwave Scalloped Potatoes

Close up of Microwave Scalloped Potatoes
Karen Schlegl

No time to heat up the oven? Try these microwave potatoes instead. "This was fabulous! Received 8 thumbs up…10 thumbs up once I sprinkled a bit of cheese over my 7-year-old's plate. This is definitely a keeper," says Allrecipes Allstar Arizona Desert Flower.

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Man-Lovin' Potatoes

man lovin' potatoes

Say goodbye to boring old potato sides because this dish is loaded with flavors. These scalloped potatoes have mayo, sour cream, bacon, onion, American cheese, and Parmesan cheese to create a deliciously creamy and cheesy baked dish.

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Maria's Mexican Rice

maria's mexican rice

"Whoa, did I ever eat this right up! This is not your everyday, ordinary, boring Mexican rice! For once I enjoyed something with real flavor rather than the nondescript stuff I've pretty much learned to expect. Maybe it's because the rice is browned before simmering. Whatever the case, viv85e has come up with a Mexican recipe that's well worth repeating," says reviewer naples34102.

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