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From a gooey ball of burrata to a simple bowl of marinated heirloom tomatoes, Italian side dishes are just as delicious as the heaping bowls of pasta that take center stage. Whether you’re serving up a Tuscan-inspired feast or you’re just in the mood for minestrone, here are 17 Italian-style side dishes to try.

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Classic Italian Fried Zucchini Flowers

In Rome, you’ll find these on the menu as fiori di zucca fritti—and they’re just as delicious as they sound in Italian. Zucchini blossoms are lightly battered and fried, then stuffed with Parmesan, mozzarella and anchovies.

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20-Minute Burrata Salad with Stone Fruit and Asparagus

A big, fresh ball of burrata makes everything better. Along with the gooey cow’s milk cheese, toss peaches, plums, asparagus and snap peas in a dainty vinaigrette. It’s so good, you may make it your main.

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Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe

There’s a reason garlic bread is so popular: It’s delicious and incredibly easy to make. Just melt garlic and butter on bread in the oven and you’re ready to eat. (Thanks, Coterie member Maria Lichty.)

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Lightened-Up Italian Wedding Soup with Chicken Meatballs

Soup alone for dinner may not be enough, which is why this light version of Italian wedding soup makes the ideal side dish. (Coterie member Jesse Reilly gives us tips for flavorful chicken meatballs, too.)

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Everyday Italian Salad

There’s a reason they call this an “everyday” salad—it takes just 15 minutes to prep, and it’s tasty enough to eat every day. Just combine fresh greens, veggies and croutons in a mustard vinaigrette.

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Caprese Salad with Grilled Zucchini

Put a twist on the classic plate of tomatoes and mozzarella. Grill zucchini, then top it with mozzarella and tomato. Drizzle it all with balsamic. (The cheese melts slightly and we’re not complaining.)

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Roasted Eggplant Panzanella with Capers, Olives, and Pine Nuts

You’ll find this bread salad all over Italy, and the addition of eggplant makes it a bit heartier. Now pass the vino.

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Farro and Roasted Vegetables with Italian Salsa Verde

This “salsa verde” is basically a play on pesto. Slather it onto just about any seasonal veggie your heart desires.

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Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio

Eating a tomato in Tuscany is a heavenly experience. Bring that experience to your dinner table with this gorgeous five-minute recipe.

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The Ultimate Italian Salad Platter

Antipasti spreads always whet our appetites, and this beauty is no exception. Master the craft with these tips from Coterie member Heidi Larsen.

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Prosciutto and Balsamic Greens Flatbread

OK, maybe flatbread isn’t the first thing you think of when you hear “side dish.” But who is really going to complain when this prosciutto-topped masterpiece arrives at the table?

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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Dill, Goat Cheese and Peas

Side dishes shouldn’t be complicated, since the main often takes all of your cooking focus. After roasting the fingerlings, just toss in the herbs, cheese and veggies and you’re ready to eat.

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Fontina and Prosciutto Puff Pastry Squares

Every extra millimeter of our plates is going to be filled with these divine little bites. Stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto, it’s like umami went wild in the bakery.

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Easy Minestrone Soup

Forget the canned version. Maria Lichty serves up a hearty (and ridiculously simple) vegetable soup that will satisfy your Italian cravings.

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Maple Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Pine Nuts and Parmesan

The secret to mouthwatering Brussels sprouts? Pancetta. Jesse Reilly also adds pine nuts, Parmesan shavings and a maple glaze.

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Chopped Italian Salad

The amazing thing about this side salad? You can use up any extra sandwich ingredients you have in the fridge, like salami and sliced cheese.

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Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

Sprinkle grated Parmesan and red pepper flakes on this vegetable soup for an extra kick. And did we mention you can whip it up in just 30 minutes with one pot?

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