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Old 08-30-2011, 04:31 PM   #1
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What are some good side dishes to go along with spaghetti?

We are serving dinner to both adults, and kids at a gathering. We have tossed salad, rolls, desserts, different pastas, and sauces..... What other simple side dishes could we make that could possibly be made the day or night before?
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:35 PM   #2
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We usually do it with garlic bread and salad. Thats it. If I have a large gathering I might have different toppings available (I.e. Sausage, meatballs, veggie sauce etc..)
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:36 PM   #3
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Well, i was going to suggest steamed broccoli but that would need to be made right before dinner. Perhaps some fresh fruit would be nice.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:37 PM   #4
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Hmm..that is a hard one because spaghetti is kind of an all in one kind of meal. What about brushetta with olive oil and prosciutto or with a tomato salad that can be made the night before and then topped on the roasted bread. There is also garlic bread. My SIL likes to serve spaghetti with a side of roasted zucchini, carrots and green beans so people can mix it in the sauce if they want.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:43 PM   #5
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An antipasta platter? With different kinds of olives, sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese, artichokes, salami, etc.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:45 PM   #6
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We are serving dinner to both adults, and kids at a gathering. We have tossed salad, rolls, desserts, different pastas, and sauces..... What other simple side dishes could we make that could possibly be made the day or night before?

The dishes are completely dependent on the types of pasta. In short, I suggest meat balls, sausage.

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For antipasta, you can have cold cuts like dry hard salami, capicolla, provolone, mortadella, with peppers and a good drizzle of olive oil

If you want a light anti-pasta, stuffed celery (I use a mix of blue and cream cheese), marinated shrooms, olives and artichoke hearts, carrot sticks, maybe some cardoni's (breaded zuccini, fried)

The anti pasta is server chilled.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:49 PM   #7
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We love canned or frozen corn along side our spaghetti, and garlic bread.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:52 PM   #8
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I think you have it covered with the pasta, salad, bread, and dessert . Make sure the bread is fresh and there is plenty of it .
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:53 PM   #9
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I would definitely go with antipasto, meatballs, sausage, salad and garlic bread. The meatballs and sausage can be made the night before and heated in gravy before dinner.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:05 PM   #10
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Sounds a little weird and is certainly nothing special, but DH's family loves cottage cheese with spaghetti.

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Old 08-30-2011, 05:06 PM   #11
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Grilled veggies. You can grill zucchini, eggplant, asparagus, peppers, etc. the day before. Dress them with a bit of vinaigrette right before serving. They are great warm, cold, or room temp.
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Sounds a little weird and is certainly nothing special, but DH's family loves cottage cheese with spaghetti.

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we usually do salad and garlic bread. But I do love green beans or brussel sprouts with spaghetti, too!
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Broccoli rabe would be nice.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:19 PM   #15
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we usually do salad and garlic bread. But I do love green beans or brussel sprouts with spaghetti, too!
We do green beans too.

Fresh, not canned. Boil them until aldente, submerge in cold water to keep color and stop cooking. Then right before serving, put back in boiling water to finish cooking them, drain, drizzle with very good extra virgin olive oil, juice from half a fresh squeezed lemon, and kosher salt. I also use the lemon rind (not the pith) and mix.
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