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    Vegetable side to go with Italian Carb fest?

    Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:42 pm Groupie
    Hey all! We have friends who host "Sunday Suppers" and they provide the main/drinks and the rest of us bring appies, salads, sides, etc. All I know for this week is it will be a Italian pasta dinner - I would like to bring a vegetable side but am at a loss what to bring. Any suggestions? Right now thinking about roasted asparagus but would love to hear some other ideas.

    Thanks so much!
    Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:53 pm Groupie
    pinky kookie
    Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:56 pm Groupie

    We love asparagus and red peppers and these are very good recipes that go well with Italian pasta dishes, too:

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    Last edited by pinky kookie on Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:04 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:00 pm
    Forum Host
    Being Italian/American, we always had pasta for Sunday dinner. The only vegetables that we ever had with dinner was a large tossed mixed greens salad, which included quartered marinated artichoke hearts, pitted black olives, fresh tomatoes, and sliced fresh mushrooms along with the usual assortment of greens, thinly sliced red onion, etc. Sometimes giardiniera was mixed with the greens instead of the arti hearts, etc. icon_confused.gif

    The only time we ever had real veggie side dishes at the same meal as pasta was when the pasta was served as a course, and was followed by a roast of sorts (chicken, beef, pork, etc). Then we would have the usual accompanying veggies (roasted potatoes, green beans or asparagus or sauteed spinach with garlic are some of the veggie sides we used to have with a roast (after the pasta).

    Giardiniera, Sweet And/Or Hot (Pickled Vegetables)

    This makes a great veggie appetizer: Portabella Mushroom Caponata

    Last edited by Dee514 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:32 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:33 pm Groupie

    Last edited by Zeldaz on Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:40 pm, edited 1 time in total
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    Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:37 pm Groupie
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    I think these sides are good at room temperature
    I usually steam the haricot verts in the microwave until crisp tender
    Also crispy proscuitto is a great substitute for bacon icon_arrow.gif Crispy Prosciutto - Baked
    Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:34 pm Groupie
    If someone is bringing a salad as well. I would do something with green beans; and, or green beans and cauliflower. Both go well with Ialian type of dishes.

    You have many good recipes. I like something simply roasted and maybe a light vinaigrette vs anything with a heavy sauce.

    Asparagus, unless you know your friends like is risky. Not everyone likes it.

    I would stay away from any casseroles with cheese etc that are too rich. Try to keep it simple.
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