These easy and delicious Italian side dishes are perfect with a wide variety of meals, and of course they complement pasta beautifully! No matter what you’re serving, these Italian sides are bursting with savory flavor.

Side dishes might not always be the star of the show, but they’ll always have our hearts! Get 15 of the most inspired, easy Italian sides in this complete recipe guide.

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We adore Italian food, and in the St. Louis community, there’s no shortage of beautiful Italian restaurants. Lucky us!

However, as much as we enjoy a fabulous dining experience out on the town, we really love making our own fabulous meals at home, too. And once you learn how to make pasta, too, you might just feel the same!

These incredible Italian side dishes are filled with the best Italian herbs and spices, and sure to wow your family! No matter what main dish is on your menu, these sides are sure to be winners.

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Bruschetta Mozzarella on a white platter

Tips

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  • No matter the entrée, a veggie side dish or salad can help bring a wholesome meal together in just minutes.
  • Many our favorite vegetable recipes can easily be given more Italian flavor. Try this incredible homemade Italian seasoning blend.
  • Try to use the best quality ingredients you can so that each ingredient shines!
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Frequently Asked Questions

What vegetables do Italians serve?

Some of the most popular vegetables in Italy are radicchio, squash, celery, tomatoes (we’ll count it as a veggie here), and peppers.

Is pasta a side dish in Italy?

In Italy, pasta is called a “primo” (first course), and is served as an appetizer. You can also choose soup or polenta as a primo. The “secondo” (main course) is often a small serving of chicken, meat, or fish.

What are the three Italian herbs?

Basil, oregano and garlic are staples of Italian cooking. Add these to your food for delicious Italian inspired fragrance and flavor.

A loaf of homemade bread on a white surface, with a blue linen napkin on the side.

Italian Side Dish Recipes

These recipes are wonderful with your favorite pasta dishes, but also serve beautifully with a variety of classic braised meats and more!

Amazing Italian Salad With Italian Dressing

A simple Italian Salad recipe, St. Louis style. Mix up this delicious, memorable salad in less than 10 minutes!

This Italian Salad is filled with crisp lettuce, red onion, artichokes, pimentos and grated parmesan.

italian salad

Insalata Mista

A light and refreshing classic Insalata Mista! This is created with shaved parmesan, grape tomatoes, and pine nuts tossed in a delicious balsamic vinaigrette.

This mixed salad goes great with just about every entrée!

White salad bowl on a white counter with arugula and cherry tomatoes.

Arugula Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette

Next, this is an easy and refreshing recipe for an arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette. This simple salad is so perfect for the warmer weather, serving as a simple side or appetizer.

The homemade salad dressing comes together in a matter of minutes with just a few simple ingredients. Lemon vinaigrette is vegan and gluten free!

arugula salad recipe on white plate with parmesan and lemon vinaigrette

Baked Artichoke

Baked Artichoke is one of the easiest side dishes and ways to get your veggies in! These roasted artichoke are so delicious on their own or tossed into a salad. It’s not only tasty, but a good source of fiber, Vitamin C and Vitamin K!

roasted artichoke

Seasoned Green Beans

Learn how to make the most incredible seasoned green beans as the ultimate side dish! You’ll find a variety of seasoning options to customize these with Italian flavor.

A white bowl full of seasoned green beans.

Minestrone Soup

Of course we can’t skip this fabulous soup! This minestrone soup recipe is hearty and delicious. It’s the perfect family friendly soup that will warm you through and through!

Because it’s packed with nutritious veggies and flavor, you can’t skip this incredible traditional Italian soup recipe.

A white bowl of minestrone soup, another bowl in the background with herbs and a slice of bread on the surface.

5 Minute Garlic Bread

In less than five minutes hands on time, you can have irresistible fluffy Italian inspired garlic dinner rolls! This garlic bread skips the yeast thanks to a little shortcut – frozen dinner rolls.

Baked Burrata Recipe

This baked burrata is an easy fresh appetizer or side dish. Filled with fresh Italian zest, it’s also a great salad topper.

mozzarella burrata served as an italian side dish in a white oval platter

Mozzarella Bruschetta

Next, start your dinner off in style by serving Mozzarella Bruschetta. While some might serve it as an appetizer, it makes a fresh and fabulous Italian side dish too.

In just a few minutes, you’ll mix up the best combination of flavors ever invented!

Sliced tomatoes, pearls of mozzarella, topped with basil and balsamic.

Italian Pasta Salad

This easy Italian pasta salad recipe is the perfect summer side dish. It’s such a classic side dish full of Italian flavors, and so light and refreshing!

This is the perfect make-ahead recipe that’s ideal for picnics, potlucks and cookouts. Of course it’s most delicious when served alongside an Italian sandwich.

pasta salad with italian dressing
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Easy Gnocco Fritto

Next, this Italian class: Gnocco Fritto! It’s an easy 10-minute option when made with the ultimate shortcut: puff pastry! These light and fluffy puff pillows are topped with olive oil, prosciutto and sea salt for heavenly bites.

Fried to golden brown perfection in a matter of seconds, this classic Italian dish is always a favorite.

Gnocco fritto on a white plate with bowls of olive oil and sea salt to the side

Roasted Mushrooms

Easy Roasted Mushrooms, a flavorful and juicy appetizer or side dish. These garlic mushrooms take just 5 minutes hands on time!

Make these with white mushrooms or button mushrooms for a wonderful Italian side!

garlic roasted mushrooms

Italian Nachos

Made popular by big name chain Italian restaurants, these Italian nachos are one of my favorites. Delicious and cheesy, they are made with incredible homemade pasta chips.

Incredible Italian nachos recipe with asiago cream sauce on a bed of pasta chips!

Italian Vegetables

Served alongside any of your favorite dinner entrees, Italian vegetables are seasoned and oven-roasted to perfection. Italian Roasted Vegetables are rustic, simple and so beautiful to serve! 

Ivory oval ceramic bowl filled with roasted Italian vegetables, gold serving spoon to the side. #italianvegetables #roasteditalianvegetables

Easy Homemade Bread Recipe For Artisan Bread

Finally, a quick and easy artisan homemade bread recipe that is adaptable. It’s perfect for smothering in butter, dipping in oil, or slicing for sandwiches. This homemade bread is moist on the inside, crusty on the outside, and full of flavor!

Finish with rosemary (or other Italian herbs) and olive oil. Of course you can go the extra mile with this olive oil bread dip.

A marble surface with a round loaf of homemade bread, blue linen napkin to the side.

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Italian Side Dishes

These easy and delicious Italian side dishes are perfect with a wide variety of meals, and of course they complement pasta beautifully! No matter what you’re serving, these Italian sides are bursting with savory flavor.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
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Tips

  • No matter the entrée, a veggie side dish or salad can help bring a wholesome meal together in just minutes.
  • Many our favorite vegetable recipes can easily be given more Italian flavor with the addition of this incredible homemade Italian seasoning blend.
  • Use the best quality ingredients you can so that each ingredient shines!
Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 314mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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