Italian Side Dishes for Christmas

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Are you ready to start planning which Italian side dishes for Christmas you want to include for your Christmas dinner? I’m making it easy for you by providing the following side dishes that are easy and simple to make, making any a perfect choice for your Christmas dinner.

Italian Side Dishes for Christmas

Here are some ideas for Italian Christmas dinner sides that everyone around the table will enjoy. These are easy and simple recipes that will help make your festive dinner enjoyable and delicious with family and friends.

Some of these recipes are my own and others are from my fellow food bloggers.

Italian Marinated Mushrooms

This recipe is a delightful side dish that can be served warm or cool. Simple ingredients yet powerful Italian flavor. Check out the marinated mushrooms recipe here.

Italian Side Dishes for Christmas Dinner

Sauteed Rapini (Broccoli Rabe or Rabb)

This easy recipe uses Rapini, aka Broccoli rabe, an Italian-style broccoli. It’s a great Italian side dish that will add nutrition to your Christmas meal. Get the recipe here.

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Garlicky Roasted Potatoes

This recipe is very simple and perfect for those who love garlic! Here’s the recipe.

italian side dishes for Christmas dinner

Roasted Zucchini

This Italian recipe uses only 4 ingredients, zucchini being one of them obviously. It is an easy Italian side dish that goes great with a roast for Christmas. Here’s the recipe.

Italian Christmas side dishes

Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto

Elegant and simple, this asparagus with prosciutto recipe will be enjoyed by all. Enjoy the recipe here.

ideas for Italian Christmas side dishes

Fried Artichoke Hearts (from a jar or can)

Artichokes normally take a long time to prepare, but this recipe uses artichoke hearts from a jar or can making this a super easy recipe to follow. Check the recipe out here.

italian Christmas side dishes

Olive Onion Focaccia

This could also serve as an appetizer, but I think with the right setting, this could make a great accompanying side dish for a Christmas dinner that has pasta as a main or secondary dish. Here’s the fun recipe.

Italian Christmas recipes for side dishes

Italian Christmas Side Dishes with Pesto

Brussel Sprouts with Pesto

Here’s a wonderful Italian-infused version of brussels sprouts using pesto to add bright and delightful Italian flavors. Here’s the recipe.

italian Christmas dinner side dishes

Roasted Carrots and Dates

Here’s a healthy side dish that is sweetened with dates and bursting with color and flavor. Here’s the recipe.

Christmas Italian side dishes

Pesto Broccolini

Here’s a bright recipe that uses toasted almonds and pesto on top of cooked broccolini. If you’re unsure if pesto will be appreciated by everyone around the dinner table, then I recommend serving the pesto on the side. Here’s the recipe.

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Italian Christmas Side Dishes with Meat or Seafood

Air Fryer Calamari

Ever hear of air frying your calamari? Here’s a recipe for how to do it!

Italian side dishes for Christmas dinner

Sheet Pan Sausage, Mushrooms and Fennel

This recipe was written originally for a Thanksgiving meal, but I think it would work just as well as a Christmas Italian side dish. Get the recipe here.

Italian side dishes for Christmas

Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onion

This tried and true family recipe uses simple ingredients of Italian sausage, peppers and onion. Check the recipe out here. It is so simple and easy to prepare. It is a perfect Italian Christmas side dish that goes great with pasta, chicken, and lasagna to name a few.

Side dish ideas for Italian Christmas Dinner

Mediterranean Platter

Want some more variety? Offer options that represent a full Mediterranean platter!

Mediterranean platter

Cheesecake Factory Copycat Stuffed Mushrooms

Here’s a quick way to make stuffed mushrooms that are copycats of the kind you see at cheesecake factory. Give these mushrooms a try!


I hope the ideas I’ve provided above from my site and my fellow food bloggers will inspire you with new and creative side dishes for your Italian Christmas meal. Share your own ideas below!

Grazie and Merry Christmas!


Italian Side Dishes for Christmas

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