Italian Side Dish Recipes

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Staff Picks

Roasted Romanesco

Rating: 4.74 stars
This crazy looking vegetable is better than broccoli!

Creamy Parmesan Polenta

Rating: 4.67 stars
Easy and delicious creamy polenta. Makes a great side, appetizer, or base for a hearty stew.

Mushroom Orzo

Rating: 4.57 stars
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

Rating: 4.16 stars
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

Rating: 4.42 stars
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

Rating: 4.32 stars
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

Rating: 4.6 stars
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.

Peppers Roasted with Garlic, Basil and Tomatoes

Rating: 4.36 stars
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

Rating: 4.61 stars
This garlic asparagus dish is a Northern Italian side dish. My family loves it! Even the kids!


Rating: 4.61 stars
An Italian rice ball made with white wine risotto, and a gooey mozzarella center. Fantastic for lunch or dinner - can be frozen.

Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad

Rating: 4.59 stars
The traditional Caprese salad is modified to pasta form. The mozzarella used is a fresh mozzarella, if you use the brick style, it will not be the same. If you can't find the pearlini mozzarella, use the cieglini and cut it in half. Regular rotini pasta can be used but the cooking time will be different.

Italian Peas

Rating: 4.42 stars
This is my mom's recipe. Let's just say, you'll never look at peas the same way again...they are sooo good.

Inspiration and Ideas

Risotto with Truffle and Parmesan
Rating: Unrated
"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
Rating: Unrated
See how Chef John makes this simple creamy side dish.

How to Make Perfect Polenta

Rating: 4.86 stars

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.