15+ Side Dishes for Pasta Dinners
Green salads and breadsticks are classic accompaniments to pasta dinners, but they're not the only ones. Think outside the box with these fresh idea for pasta sides, from Wilted Kale with Toasted Shallots to Green Beans with Citrus and Pecans. Each dish has been hand-selected to pair well with traditional pasta dish flavors.
Pesto Caesar Salad
Mint and Pea Pesto on Toasted Baguette
Top toasted baguette slices with a homemade pesto featuring the fresh flavors of mint, basil, and green peas. The pesto is delicious served with bread, or can be mixed in with pasta sauce for an extra punch of flavor in the dish itself.
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Anchovy
Minced anchovy fillets deliver bold flavor to Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Anchovy. Broccoli retains all of its flavor and even gains deliciously crisp bits when roasted.
Garlicky Sautéed Mushrooms
When these Garlicky Sautéed Mushrooms are cooked, they release a lot of liquid. Using high heat evaporates the juices, allowing the mushrooms to brown and develop flavor.
Arugula Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette
Serve this simple arugula salad featuring a homemade parmesan vinaigrette with a variety of pasta dinners, including lasagna, spaghetti, and ravioli.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Garlic, and Shallots
Garlic, bacon and shallots are all you need to add intense flavor to the Brussels sprouts in this easy, 5-ingredient side-dish recipe. To trim Brussels sprouts, simply cut off the stem end and halve. If they're large, you can quarter them, just making sure the Brussels sprouts are cut into uniform pieces so that they'll cook evenly. If you don't want to discard the leftover bacon drippings, carefully transfer to a heatproof container, cool, and store in the fridge. You can use it as a replacement for any other cooking oil or fat.
Hot Bacon Caprese Salad
Update the Italian tomato salad with a rich, tart dressing.
Wilted Kale with Toasted Shallots
Wilted Kale with Toasted Shallots makes for one über-nutritious and delicious side dish.
It couldn't be easier to make your own garlic breadsticks at home. Start with refrigerated pizza dough and brush with melted butter and minced garlic, then cut into eight separate pieces and twist each piece. Bake for 12 minutes and serve.
Toasted walnuts lend a delightful, nutty crunch to Pan-Charred Asparagus. It's a quick and easy side and a nice change-up to roasted asparagus.
Wild Mushroom Bruschetta
Pan-Roasted Artichokes with Lemon and Garlic
With a subtly flavored ingredient like artichokes, sometimes the simplest approach is best when preparing this side dish of Pan-Roasted Artichokes with Lemon and Garlic. A little roasted lemon, garlic, and fragrant rosemary are all you need to make tender baby artichokes shine.
Creamed Spinach With Hazelnuts
Unlike some versions of creamed spinach, here you actually taste the greens. They’re enhanced by—but not overwhelmed by—the creamy sauce.
Cheesy Crab Artichoke Toasts
These savory toasts call for a decadent topping of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, artichokes, and fresh lump crabmeat. You can save time by preparing the crab mixture a day ahead of time, and then assembling and broiling the toasts just before dinner.
We created this crunchy, sweet side as an update of the classic mayonnaise-laden carrot-and-raisin salad. Save time and make it ahead--it eats even better the next day.
Green Beans with Citrus and Pecans
A citrus vinaigrette adds fresh zing to crisp-tender green beans.
BLT Panzanella Salad
Use the showiest farmers' market or garden tomatoes in a dish that deliciously combines a favorite sandwich and a classic Italian salad, with a touch of corn and basil thrown in for extra summery flair.
Easy Garlic Rolls
Make your own garlic rolls by brushing split artisan rolls with a mixture of melted butter, Italian seasoning, and minced garlic. Toast in the oven for a few minutes and serve.