Noodles & Pasta

25 Sides Dishes for Your 4th of July Get-Together — Recipes from The Kitchn

I firmly believe a good Fourth of July gathering is as much about the burgers and hot dogs as it is about the vast array of side dishes. A great pasta or potato salad, coleslaw, and a few extra things tossed on the grill all turn the party into a full-blown celebration. While you very well may already have your standard sides in order, this year bring a few new things to the spread. Here are 25 of our most favorite recipes from the archives.

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Make This Lemony Roasted Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Tonight — Delicious Links

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I love one-pot pasta dishes, but sometimes cooking everything together makes it difficult to build super-strong flavors. That's why this roasted chicken and broccoli rotini recipe is so ingenious: With only a few extra dishes and a little more work, you get crispy, caramelized chicken and broccoli, perfectly al dente pasta, and a bright, zippy lemon vinaigrette.

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Recipe: No-Chop Cold Veggie Noodle Bowls with Soy Lime Vinaigrette — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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There are two summer supper situations where you'll want to know this summer-sauté-meets-noodle-bowl method by heart. The first are those muggy evenings where after a long day outside you're ravenous, but the idea of chopping anything seems arduous. It's too hot to cook, you think, but you've also got a fridge full of vegetables and an empty belly. You could probably muster up cooking, as long as you didn't have to chop anything.

Likewise, you may find yourself in a friend's summer cabin or in a high-traffic vacation rental in which the knives have all but disappeared. There's a paring knife with a broken handle that you'd rather not use, but there is a decent peeler. That means you can pull off this hat-trick of a summer supper in that situation as well.

This summer sauté served over rice noodles is everything you'll crave in a cold noodle bowl: vegetables quickly cooked with plenty of bite left in them and one of the best soy vinaigrettes I know.

Here's the summer sauté that doesn't require a knife, only requires a teensy bit of cooking, and has enough variables that you can make it over and over again all summer long.

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The One Tool You Need for Cooking & Serving Pasta — Shopping

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Pasta is the great equalizer. Whether you're trying to get dinner on the table for your family on a hectic weeknight or you've invited your boss over for a fancy dinner party, you can always count on this fast and filling pantry staple to satisfy everyone.

If you preach the pasta gospel, you'll love Colu Henry's debut cookbook, Back Pocket Pasta. The #backpocketpasta idea was conceived originally as a way to document the on-the-fly pasta concoctions Colu would "cobble together" after long, tiring work days. Thankfully for all of us, the project eventually morphed into this collection of inspired, deeply personal recipes. The pastas range from classics passed down through her Italian family (like Mama's Marinara and Nonni's Tuna-Clam Sauce) to dishes influenced by her travels and home in New York (like Moroccan Lamb Ragu and Creamy Saffron Risotto-Style Fregola). Most recipes have short ingredient lists, so you can easily whip them up at a moment's notice, and there's also a side dish and cocktail section to round out the meal if you're entertaining.

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30-Minute Meal: Spicy Peanut Soba Noodle Salad — Delicious Links

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Looking to spice up your Monday night? I've got just the recipe for you! Made with hearty buckwheat soba and crunchy veggies, this spicy peanut noodle dish is packed with flavor and has great texture. And the best part? It's ready in under 30 minutes.

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This Is the Top Pasta Salad Recipe, According to Pinterest — On Trend

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If you're attending a BBQ or picnic in the next few months, then you know that pasta salad will be on the menu. In fact, pasta salad is so ubiquitous in summer that it should probably be added to the summer commandments of cooking. It's the perfect thing to bring to a potluck because it's heartier than a salad, but less complicated than a main dish for grilling (let someone else make the grilled chicken).

Looking for a pasta recipe that everyone will love? Pinterest has just the thing. I've found the most popular pasta salad recipe on the platform and it's super easy to make.

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