25 Italian Christmas Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to include in your Christmas dinner as an Italian side dish, here are some suggestions that will help get those creative juices flowing. These recipes range from festive looking caprese salads to Italian potato dishes.

The best part? They’re all easy recipes that taste amazing!

Italian Christmas Side Dish Recipe Ideas

Take a look around and let me know in the comments if you make any – I’d love to hear from you!

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Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic
This is one of my favorite Italian side dishes. The potatoes with the subtle taste of rosemary go with so many meat recipes, whether chicken, beef, or other type of meat. The secret to this side dish is turning the potatoes once they start to brown so all sides have the roasted crispy outside and soft potato inside!
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Classic Italian Caprese Salad
Who doesn't love an easy caprese salad? You might think this is only served during the hot summer months, but actually this side dish is used throughout the year. For example, it's often served during Christmas with it's festive green, white and red colors – that match the Italian flag!
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Italian Sautéed Cabbage – Delicious!
Here's an easy and simple side dish that uses green cabbage. It's from my Aunt and I learned it in my early 20s, and it always stuck with me. I love the cabbage sauteed with the garlic and olive oil, but for me the dash of oregano at the end is what takes it from good to delicious!
Also, with this recipe, I've eaten it overcooked, undercooked, warm and cold. And you know what? I love it every time! This recipe goes great with just about anything, from vegetable main meals to pasta to chicken and beef recipes.
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Easy Italian Beef Meatballs
Meatballs as a side dish? Yes, of course! Many Italian families serve meatballs on the side, not as a part of the main dish or in the sauce. In my family, we did both – my mom cooked the meatballs in the sauce, and had extra sauce with the meatballs in a serving dish.
This side dish goes great with pasta, meatless lasagna and eggplant parmesan.
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Italian Fried Eggplant
One of my favorite fried side dishes is with eggplant. You don't have to be an eggplant fan to enjoy these crispy and crunchy slices. I show you how to make these the Italian way.
Plus, if they go cold while waiting to be served, just pop them in the toaster oven to warm them up. I do it all the time! This makes a great side dish for pasta – in fact, try mixing the two together and it's a double whammy!
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Italian Breaded Mushrooms
These breaded mushrooms can be fried or baked! They will make perfect finger food appetizers for your holiday!
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Easy Italian Fried Zucchini
Zucchini is in season during the summer months, so here's a great way to use them up. If you want to add some creativity with your zucchini side dish, cut your zucchini up in different shapes, such as spears or as sticks (like french fries).
This recipe goes great with pasta recipes, sandwiches, meats or other vegetables. Very versatile. You can also fry these in an air fryer too!
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Italian Sauteed Zucchini
This side dish is great for your Christmas meal. It's simple and easy to prepare and goes great with just about any main dish.
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Traditional Italian Pasta Fagioli Soup with Ditalini in a bowl
Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe
Here's a classic Italian soup you can serve as part of your first course or with the meal itself!
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Ravioli with Butter Sauce, Sage and Mushrooms
This is a nice choice for a simple 2nd course for your meal. Although it's technically not a side dish, it does go great with beef and chicken dishes.
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Authentic Italian Roma Green Beans
I've never been a big fan of green beans until I had these Italian beans. They are flat and long and have a more subtle flavor than regular string beans. It's a simple side dish that I've used for holidays and for a regular dinner.
It compliments pasta dishes extremely well, and chicken recipes too.
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Barley Topped with Romano Cheese
Add some healthy barley into your meal. This may not be everyone's cup of espresso but for the health conscious guest, they'll thank you.
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Italian Marinated Mushrooms
These marinated mushrooms make a wonderful Italian side dish or even an appetizer. They can be served warm or cold which makes them a convenient choice!
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Wrapped Asparagus in Prosciutto
I love using these wrapped asparagus as a side dish for Christmas because they are so elegant looking and taste absolutely amazing!
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Cooked Broccoli Italian Style
When you've got finicky family or friends who don't like broccoli, have them try this side dish first. It's quick to make and you want to make sure not to overcook the broccoli, so that there is still a slight firmness to it. If you do overcook it, it still tastes amazing.
I like to serve my broccoli alongside a plate of pasta, usually when I'm not using a red sauce. However broccoli goes great with just about any main dish.
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Green Salad
You can't go wrong with a simple and classic Italian salad with olive oil and vinegar.
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Italian Garlic Mashed Potatoes
I'd be out of my mind if I didn't include my recipe for garlic mashed potatoes. I remember eating out at a restaurant and their garlic potatoes were so over the top disgusting. So I decided to try my own hand at making them at home and this is the recipe I finally settled on.
Garlic mashed potatoes is such a versatile side dish, that it goes with just about anything besides pasta. Pair it just as you would regular mashed potatoes – so beef, chicken, veal, even seafood.
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Traditional Bruschetta Pomodoro (tomatoes)
Just like the caprese salad, bruschetta is straight from the streets of Italy. Lots of people create different versions, but I prefer mine simple and straight to the point. That's the real Italian way.
This side dish goes great with pasta recipes, especially during the summer months when tomatoes and basil are fresh and flavorful. You can use any type of tomato.
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Italian Stuffed Mushrooms – So Easy to Make
Here's a side dish that is great for transporting to someone else's house. I did it all the time when I'd cook meals for my in-laws. When you arrive, just pop them in the oven (uncovered) for 10 minutes at 350F. My recipe is super simple, and I even use the stems of the mushrooms as part of the bread and herb stuffing. These do not include meat.
This side dish compliments any meat or vegetable main dish. I like to serve them with my breaded Italian chicken.
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Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar
This side dish goes great with beef meals for Christmas. They don't take long to cook and can be prepared right before serving.
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Baked Zucchini with Onions
This is a great side dish for Christmas. It can be made earlier in the day partially cooked and then finished off before serving. It's full of flavor and your guests will be impressed with this Italian dish!
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Easy Italian Antipasto Side Dish
This is a flexible recipe that allows you to get as creative or simple as you want! I love this recipe and it can be made in advance!
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Italian Pastina Soup
This simple pastina soup would make for a great soup first course to your Italian Christmas dinner.
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Italian Cannellini Bean Salad
Here's a healthy salad recipe perfect for your Christmas meal. It's hearty and full of Mediterranean flavors!
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Stuffed Tomatoes with Tuna
These stuffed tomatoes are filled with tuna, breadcrumbs and even anchovies. It's a classic Italian side dish and is a nice addition to a well rounded meal.
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Simple Sauteed Potatoes with Rosemary
This easy recipe can easily be made in a sauce pan! For a larger quantity, try baking it in the oven or use a large saute pan.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed these Italian side dish recipes. They’re all very easy to make and I know you’ll love them. Let me know if you tried any and feel free to share what your faves are too!

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25 Italian Christmas Side Dishes

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