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    The 20 BEST Sides for Pasta

    What goes with pasta? We’re glad you asked!

    We love, love, love pasta. From simple and light dishes like our Mediterranean Pasta to hearty pasta casseroles like Tortellini al Forno, we can’t get enough.

    That’s why we’ve compiled this list of great Sides for Pasta from GypsyPlate and around the internet.

    From classics like breads and salads, to some unique parings you may not have thought of, there are so many options.

    Go through all of these great recipes, so you’ll always know what to serve with pasta!

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    What to Serve With Pasta:

    1. No Knead Bread

    We’re starting this fabulous list with one of our favorites, which is baked often in our home… this No Knead Bread!! This artisan quality bread can happen very fast and is super duper simple. You end up with a thick crispy crust and a chewy center with big fat holes like sourdough!

    It’s very forgiving and only takes 3 minutes of active effort. Now that sounds unbelievable, right? Not so. Try it yourself today.

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    2. Panzanella Salad

    Have you heard of Panzanella Salad? Meet this Italian classic. All you need is some great ripe tomatoes and some bread along with crunchy fresh cucumber.

    Finish it of with fresh basil and mozzarella and you end up with yummy Panzanella…

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate

    3. Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

    This Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms recipe is cheesy, garlicky, savory, and absolutely delicious.

    Portobello Mushrooms stuffed with melted mozzarella cheese, sweet grape tomatoes with a rich balsamic glaze. Each bite is full of flavors that you will surely love!

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    4. Easy Baked Meatballs

    Simple, classic Italian Meatballs… That’s all you need some nights. Made with ground beef, parmesan cheese, plenty of spices, eggs and breadcrumbs, they’re juicy and flavorful.

    They go great with pasta!

    Get the Recipe @ bakerbynature

    5. Cherry Tomato Confit

    Bunches of cherry tomatoes, heavy glugs of olive oil, a handful of garlic cloves, a few herbs… That’s all you need for this beauty coming out of your oven… Cherry Tomato Confit!!

    Luxuriously soft, melt-in-your mouth, juicy and bright flavor bombs. Welcome this summer delight into your life and it will add savory sweet deliciousness to any dish.

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    6. Ribollita

    It doesn’t get better than a satisfying pot of Ribollita, a classic Tuscan soup that’s made with white beans, vegetables and hearty day old bread.

    And you will love the rich Italian flavors, thanks to a couple of herbs and little parmesan cheese magic. Perfect starter for pasta night.

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    7. Garlic Knots

    Your favorite pizza shop side dish, made in your very own oven! Basil and garlic transform this basic roll into a delectable treat.

    As the aromas drift through your kitchen, you will be waiting eagerly to pop them in your mouth as soon as they come out of the oven.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    8. Fried Calamari

    Fried calamari… As well as being the most popular way to cook squid, it’s also one of the most popular Italian restaurant appetizers.

    This recipe will teach you how to cook it perfectly, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    9. Antipasto Salad

    If you always hover over the antipasto bar in your grocery store, this salad is for you.

    It’s full of different flavors and textures from salami, tomatoes, artichokes, pepperoni, olives and cheeses with a delicious homemade Italian dressing.

    Get the Recipe @ carlsbadcravings

    10. Zuppa Toscana

    This delicious and comforting soup is based on the version made famous by Olive Garden. But I don’t want to call it a copycat… because this home made version is much better!

    Great starter for pasta night.

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    11. Caprese Salad

    The perfect Caprese Salad recipe! Once you try this way you will never need any other recipe.

    This salad is unbelievably easy to make and only requires a handful of basic fresh ingredients. You can serve this delicious Caprese Salad as an appetizer or side dish with your pasta.

    Get the Recipe @ loveandlemons

    12. Easy Sausage Pesto Ring

    Here is a perfect appetizer or snack to impress your guests. This sausage pesto ring looks so delicious.

    Country biscuit dough filled with Italian sausage, pesto and loaded with cheese and butter arranged in a ring and baked. Brilliant!

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    13. Caponata

    You will love the combination of savory, sweet and tart flavors in this creamy eggplant caponata, with summer veggies like onion, tomatoes, olives and more!

    Serve it on crusty bread along with your pasta.

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    14. Pane Bianco with Tomato, Basil, and Garlic

    This Italian Pane Bianco (Italian for “white bread”) is shaped into a figure-8 and filled with sundried tomatoes, cheese, fresh basil, and garlic.

    Don’t be intimidate by this gorgeous loaf, it’s easier than you think!

    Get the Recipe @ lanascooking

    15. Mozzarella Sticks

    Mozzarella Sticks have a perfect crispy outside and a gooey cheese inside. Plus, they’re  super easy to make.

    This is a delicious and wholesome way to fulfill those fried snack cravings. The kids and adults in your family will just love these sticks.

    Get the Recipe @ thatlowcarblife

    16. Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad with Pesto

    Spring and summer demand colorful, light, refreshing salads. So here it is our Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad, but with major flavor bender… delicious basil pesto dressing.

    This one is there for you to brighten up any meal!

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    17. Cherry Tomato Gratin

    This Cherry Tomato gratin is the newest star on your appetizer spread. It’s the perfect combination of easy, tasty and pretty.

    You’ll want to gobble it up before the guests arrive!

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    18. Mediterranean Roasted Artichokes

    These roasted artichokes are a fun and tasty vegetable side for your pasta.

    They are very easy to prepare, then your oven does the rest!

    Get the Recipe @ themediterraneandish

    19. Olive Garden Copycat Breadsticks

    This recipe is the best copycat version of classic Olive Garden Breadsticks. These soft, buttery breadsticks are as delicious as the ones they serve in the restaurants, but in the comfort of your home.

    Pair them with your favorite pasta or soup!

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    20. Tiramisu

    If you need a sweet finisher for your pasta night, look no further than this classic tiramisu.

    Perhaps the most iconic of Italian desserts, this creamy and silky coffee flavored dessert is absolutely divine.

    Get the Recipe @ natashaskitchen

    So there you go, twenty great things to serve with pasta. They all look great.

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    What to Serve with Pasta

    This list of Sides for Pasta includes all of your favorites like breads and salads, as well as some new ideas to try. We love this easy no-knead bread:


    • 3 cups flour
    • 2 tsp instant yeast
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 1.5 cups water


      1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add water and mix until you have an even consistency.
      2. Cover bowl and rest on counter 3 hours.
      3. Place large (mine is 7 quart) dutch oven in oven and pre heat to 450°F.
      4. Dust flour on work surface and scrape dough onto surface. Dust more flour atop dough. Fold in the edges and work the dough into a rough ball shape.
      5. Place ball onto parchment paper and transfer to bowl. If oven is not yet preheated, place dish towel over bowl.
      6. When oven is pre heated, remove dutch oven. Place dough, along with parchment paper, inside. Cover and return to oven. Bake 30 minutes.
      7. Remove lid and bake another 20 minutes, until bread has a nice golden color.
      8. Set bread on rack and let rest 15 minutes before slicing.

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