Simple widget that displays the recent posts with a short content preview. Control the length of the content preview and number of posts
This is a very simple plugin that mimics the effect of the "recent posts" widget included with WordPress, but with the addition of a content preview. The plugin will, by default, display the name of the post (with a link) and a short bit of text from the post.
The number of characters to truncate is controllable in the widget panel.