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The Best Side Dishes to Eat with Pasta

11 simple additions to really make your favorite comfort food sing
What to Serve with Pasta
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Because I grew up in an Italian family, there were always two things served alongside our Sunday gravy: a loaf of warm Scali bread and a simple green salad. Don't tell my nonna, but it turns out there's a whole world of dishes out there that complement a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs just as well (if not better).

When planning your side, you'll want to choose something that balances out your particular pasta. A creamy chicken fettuccine Alfredo pairs well with a lighter, more acidic dish that cuts through the fat, while a heaping plate of ravioli calls for hearty roast vegetables to round out the meal.

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But no matter what's in your bowl, one of these 11 side dishes is sure to turn your meal into a certifiable feast.

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