People may think of pasta as the main course, but in fact pasta makes the perfect side.
How else would Southerners enjoy all the delicious varieties of macaroni and cheese, although there is some debate about whether a rich dish full of cheesy goodness actually counts as a side. Let’s say it does. But pasta also means that warm and cold salads can come to the fore, perfect for filling a spring or summer plate. We love Field Pea and Pasta Salad, Spring Pasta Salad with Lime Vinaigrette, and Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing.
What’s even better about pasta sides is that many of them are one-pot wonders, literally meaning you can prepare them all in one dish. They are also perfect as quick-fix suppers if you add a protein in, so think about how chicken, seafood, or ham might add depth and flavor to your dish. And as much as we love baked beans, our favorite barbecue side dish is Tangy Tzatziki Pasta Salad. So, get those noodles on the boil and get the extras prepared so pasta side dishes can have pride of place on your plate.