Italian Vegetable Dishes

Italian cuisine is rich with vegetables, whether on the side of stewed meats, on top of pastas, or roasted with olive oil and herbs. No matter what your main dish, Italian vegetables are an excellent complement to any meal.

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Total: 2 hrs 40 mins

Eggplant Parm

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New York City's Torrisi Italian Specialties uses only American ingredients in virtually all of its dishes. Its basil-rich eggplant parmesan, also delicious on a toasted roll, calls for Progresso Italian Style bread crumbs and SarVecchio parmesan from Wisconsin.

Total: 2 hrs

Calabrese Mustard Greens

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Just a little red wine vinegar transforms this otherwise familiar bowl of garlicky greens.

Total: 50 mins

Roasted Artichokes and Prosciutto

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Artichokes are notorious for making wine taste bitter. To prevent that, Michael Chiarello slow-roasts artichoke hearts in extra-virgin olive oil to bring out their sweetness, then serves them with prosciutto, an ingredient that matches particularly well with wine.

Total: 1 hr 30 mins

White Beans with Onion Confit

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Jerry Traunfeld soaks dried white beans overnight before boiling them and stewing them with caramelized onions, garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and rosemary. Instead of soaking white beans, use ready-to-eat canned cannellini beans.

Total: 45 mins

Eggplant Parmesan with Crisp Bread Crumb Topping

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This eggplant Parmesan is all it should be: delicate slices of fried eggplant nestled in a bright, tangy tomato sauce, layered with gooey fresh mozzarella. The best part is the exceptionally crisp topping, made with dry bread crumbs.

Total: 3 hrs

Skillet-Charred Cherry Tomatoes with Basil

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Chris Cosentino remembers charring tomatoes when he was a line cook under chef Mark Miller at Red Sage in Washington, DC. "Mark always said, 'It needs fleck,'" Cosentino says, referring to the blackened bits on the skins. "The fire brings out the sweetness in the tomatoes."

Total: 15 mins

Zucchini Ribbons with Raw Tomato Marinara

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Zucchini is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, an essential mineral. Here, Ani Phyo pairs it with a vitamin-rich marinara, a superversatile recipe: "I can use it every way one would use a cooked tomato sauce."

Sideshow: 8 Super (Super-Easy) Vegetable Side Dishes

We all know that we could stand to eat more vegetables -- but let's face it, vegetable side dishes can be a pain in the you-know-what. Don't get us wrong: the idea of that tidy, pretty pile of veggies balancing out the plate is nice and all, but like spotless kitchen floors and wrinkle-free beds, not necessarily realistic. On busy weeknights, it's all we can do to get the main course on the table, let alone fish out another recipe that takes half an hour or more to make.

Spinach-and-Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

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"I may never use ground meat in my peppers again," said Fran Parisi, Grace Parisi's mother, when she tried this super-flavorful sausage-stuffed version. Another revelation: Smaller Italian frying peppers are much easier to brown in a skillet than the typical green bell peppers, and they also cook faster.

Total: 45 mins

Tomato-and-Anchovy Salad with Garlic Cream

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Daniel Humm varies the ingredients for this lovely appetizer depending on what he finds at the farmers' market -- on good days, beautiful heirloom tomatoes. He tosses them with briny oil-and-vinegar-marinated white anchovies, also known by the Spanish name boquerones, which are available at the deli counter of many specialty-food stores.

Total: 30 mins
Total: 30 mins

Caponata

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Total: 35 mins
Total: 1 hr

Summer Vegetable Side Dishes: A Bounty for the Making

What were we thinking of as kids, refusing to eat our vegetables? Whereas once our parents had to resort to an arsenal of tactics just to get us to take a bite, by turns cajoling, imploring and vacillating between reward (the promise of dessert!) and threat (go to your room!)

Celery Siciliano

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Total: 27 mins
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