Italian Side Dish Recipes

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Roasted Romanesco

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This crazy looking vegetable is better than broccoli!

Creamy Parmesan Polenta

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Easy and delicious creamy polenta. Makes a great side, appetizer, or base for a hearty stew.
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Mushroom Orzo

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After eating at an 'Italian' chain restaurant and loving this side dish, I went home and tried to recreate it. This is the recipe I finally came up with.

Mushrooms and Spinach Italian Style

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This recipe is a typical recipe of Southern Italy, specifically Apulia. Spinach and mushrooms are sauteed with onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and white wine.

Marilyn's Green Beans Italiano

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These string beans are terrific as a side dish to any Italian main course. They are a staple in my kitchen.

Colorful Spinach and Prosciutto Side

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Great colorful side dish that's easy to make and bursting with flavor. You can also sprinkle some of your favorite Italian cheese on top when finished.

Chef John's Rocket Beans

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Rocket is another name for arugula. I love to use it as an herb, but don't buy it in the herb section of the supermarket; buy it in the lettuce section. This is an incredibly fast, incredibly simple, but satisfying rustic bean side dish.
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Peppers Roasted with Garlic, Basil and Tomatoes

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This is a bright, beautiful, and very simple vegetarian dish. The secret of the sophisticated flavor is in the herb vinegar. I like to use white vinegar flavored with sprigs of tarragon.

Pan-Fried Asparagus

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This garlic asparagus dish is a Northern Italian side dish. My family loves it! Even the kids!

How to Make Perfect Polenta

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Polenta is nothing more than coarsely ground cornmeal. The classic ratio is 1 part polenta to 4 parts water, but I like to measure the polenta just a little scant of a full cup. I often use chicken broth instead of water. It's a perfect base for any kind of saucy meat or mushroom ragout.
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Sauteed Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese

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Lemon and Parmesan cheese season this simple, tasty recipe for Swiss chard on your stovetop!

Parmesan Tomatoes

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Baked sliced tomatoes covered with a cheesy, spicy topping.

Inspiration and Ideas

Risotto with Truffle and Parmesan

"The wine, Parmesan, truffle oil and butter make this rich and intoxicatingly aromatic and decadently delicious. Not a grain of it was left." – naples34102

How to Make Perfect Polenta

See how Chef John makes this simple creamy side dish.

Garlic Penne Pasta

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This recipe is so easy to make, tastes great and is a big hit at dinner time. It's even a hit as leftovers! It uses simple ingredients that you always have on hand and you can replace the penne with any pasta you want.