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    The 35 BEST Italian Vegetarian Recipes

    If you’re living a vegetarian lifestyle, or just looking for something tasty for a meatless Monday, we have you covered!

    This collection of easy and delicious Italian Vegetarian Recipes will take your veggies to a whole new level of flavor.

    You’ll find wonderfully tasty pasta, warm and cozy soups, delicious salads, and so much more. The variety is amazing.

    Cook your way through all of these great Italian vegetarian recipes. We’re sure you’ll find some new favorites!

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    Italian Vegetarian Recipes:

    1. Marinara Sauce

    Let’s start our list with a staple that form the base of so many Italian dishes… Marinara sauce!

    Once you make your own. you’ll never go back to store bought!

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    2. Eggplant Parmesan

    Do you like Italian food? Do you like comfort food? This Eggplant Parmesan is the perfect combination of both! No one is going to miss the meat with this great dish!

    It’s one of our very favorite vegetarian Italian recipes.

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    3. Sicilian Pasta

    Sicilian Pasta is another one of our favorites!

    It is bursting with flavor from mixed olives, capers, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes and some great flavor enhancers. And it takes only 20 minutes!

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    4. Fettuccine Alfredo

    In need of a delectable vegetarian dish? This one will do it!

    It only takes about 20 minutes to make and yields 4 servings. Even though it’s not quite as low-cal as the others on the list, it is so tasty that it’s worth it.

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    5. Italian Ribollita

    Ribollita is one of the classic Italian soups. This stew-y thick, rich Italian soup includes white beans, some seasonal fall and winter vegetables, and is layered with slices of day old bread.

    It’s all finished with copious amount of extra virgin olive oil. Big time YUM!

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    6. Pasta alla Norma

    This vegetarian Sicilian eggplant dish is so so yummy. It’s the perfect comfort food for cold weather and cozy nights in.

    While it takes a bit longer to make than the others on the list, it’s worth the wait. I promise you won’t regret giving it a try!

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    7. Pesto Sauce

    Pesto! This classic sauce from Genoa is an Italian classic. It’s a blend of the freshness of basil, the pungency of garlic, the buttery nuttiness of pine nuts, and of course some nice olive oil.

    This wonderful sauce will make you fall in love with Italian food all over again!

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    8. Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

    Give your favorite portobello mushrooms a fancy Italian makeover and make the most elegant side dish, Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.

    A delicious mixture of Caprese stuffed inside fresh and tender mushrooms is just epic, and the best part it gets ready in minutes. Try it, and we bet you’re gonna love it!

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    9. Vegetarian Rainbow Pasta Salad

    This Rainbow Pasta Salad is quick, easy, and very colorful. Take it to your next pot-luck, or make a big batch and have lunches for days!

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    10. Pasta Alla Vodka

    Pasta alla vodka is another one of the classic Italian vegetarian recipes.

    Hearty pasta is tossed in a delectable creamy tomato sauce. It’s a sure hit!

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    11. Caponata – Sicilian Eggplant Relish

    This Caponata is a super trendy Sicilian dish that will win everyone’s hearts and taste buds.

    You will love the perfect combination of sweet, sour, and fresh ingredients that are just too good with each other.

    A delicious eggplant side dish that is great with any hearty weekend meal.

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    12. Italian Cannellini Beans

    Yet another smashing side dish that will become your new family favorite is this Italian Cannellini Beans recipe!

    It’s made with creamy, buttery beans with lots of herbs, garlic, tomatoes, and parmesan, and is simply busting with delicious flavors. So good!

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    13. Mediterranean Pasta

    This Mediterranean Pasta is your new weeknight best friend. It’s super quick, like 20 minutes quick, and has great flavors the whole family will love.

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    14. Pesto Pasta

    This tasty Pesto Pasta is super simple and speedy! It only contains a few ingredients and takes just about 20 minutes to make.

    This light recipe yields 6 servings, making it perfect for a healthy family dinner. It’s also vegetarian and low in calories!

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    15. Tuscan Lentil Soup Recipe

    This rustic and rich soup has all the wholesome Tuscan ingredients like rosemary, basil, garlic, and a host of garden produce along with lentils. It all simmers into one luxurious delicious pot.

    This is one of our favorite soup recipes.

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    16. Creamy Tomato Lasagna Florentine

    Creamy Tomato Lasagna Florentine is a hearty and cheesy Italian meal that will always be a hit with both kids and adults alike.

    It’s loaded with layers of deliciousness like noodles, tangy tomato sauce, and creamy spinach, altogether making an amazingly satisfying family meal.

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    17. Ultimate Veggie Pizza

    If you’re looking for pizza, we’ve got you covered! This ultimate veggie pizza is bursting with flavor, and it has cherry tomatoes, artichokes, bell peppers, olives, red onions, and baby spinach.

    It will be a hit with all ages.

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate

    18. Tortellini Pasta Salad

    Pasta salad is always a go-to tasty and easy pasta dish. And this Tortellini Pasta Salad has the added bonus of being healthy!

    This vegetarian recipe is made with artichokes, tomatoes, arugula, and lots of savory seasonings. Yum!

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    19. Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe

    This Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe is absolutely scrumptious!

    The recipe is packed with tasty ingredients like caramelized onions, white wine, and plant based sausage. So good!

    Get the Recipe @ loveandlemons

    20. Risotto

    Learn how to make the perfect Italian delicacy, Risotto with this exceptional recipe!

    You will relish each and every bite of this deliciously creamy risotto, which is totally restaurant quality.

    It’s one of the most famous Italian side dishes for good reason!

    Get the Recipe @ jessicagavin

    21. Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

    Here’s a great Italian recipe for meatless nights. Minestrone is a hearty Italian vegetable soup made with tomatoey broth and pasta or rice along with any veggies and beans you can lay your hands on.

    This is one of our favorite vegetarian Italian recipes.

    Get the Recipe @ loveandlemons

    22. Arugula Pasta Salad with Chickpeas and Sun Dried Tomatoes

    This pasta salad is so scrumptious and so good for you. I promise you’ll love it.

    At only 280 calories, it’s totally guilt free. Arugula also contains ample health benefits that are sure to wow you!

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    23. Creamy Mushroom Gnocchi

    This Creamy Mushroom Gnocchi is the perfect recipes for when you want something saucy and comforting.

    It’s a great meatless dinner idea that you’re sure to come back to.

    Get the Recipe @ spendwithpennies

    24. Caprese Pasta Bake

    Caprese Pasta Bake has all the flavors you love in caprese salad like mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, al baked into a beautiful pasta casserole.

    Such a great vegetarian pasta dinner!

    Get the Recipe @ littlesunnykitchen

    25. Mushroom Ravioli with Spinach

    Mushroom Ravioli and Spinach is a super easy recipe the whole family will love.

    Tender ravioli are tossed with sautéed spinach, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes for a hearty and fulfilling dinner.

    Get the Recipe @ juliasalbum

    26. Cacio e Pepe

    Now you can’t get more simple than this Italian classic, Cacio e Pepe. Tender noodles tossed with parmesan cheese, freshly cracked black pepper in a light sauce. So easy, yet so tasty.

    Perfect answer for that last minute “oh no, what’s for dinner?”!!

    Get the Recipe @ foodiecrush

    27. Grilled Eggplant with Gremolata and Tomatoes

    Yet another dazzling Italian side dish to impress your family and friend is this Grilled Eggplant with Gremolata and Tomatoes!

    Gremolata is a delicious and vibrant Italian dressing that uplifts the perfectly grilled eggplant and tomatoes to another level of goodness.

    Get the Recipe @ feastingathome

    28. Pasta Primavera

    Primavera is one of the most popular vegetarian pastas, and is a great dinner option when you crave pasta without the heavy sauces.

    It’s a light, meatless meal packed with a variety of fresh veggies.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    29. Pesto Baked Rigatoni

    Pesto Baked Rigatoni pasta is so easy and tasty at the same time. It’s made with rigatoni pasta, fresh creamy pesto sauce, little heirloom tomatoes and cheese baked to perfection.

    And that’s it, your pasta is ready to serve. It’s a delicious comfort food loved by all!

    Get the Recipe @ pinchofyum

    30. Panzanella Salad

    Have you made Panzanella Salad at home yet? If not, you are in for a delicious treat with this remarkable recipe!

    This colorful bowl is packed with fresh juicy tomatoes, crusty bread, onions, basil, and a tangy vinaigrette that combines this salad amazingly.

    Get the Recipe @ loveandlemons

    31. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

    Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is one of the easiest and tastiest Italian side dishes you will ever make at home!

    You only need 4 basic ingredients to make this classic dish, which gets ready in no time.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    32. Garden Vegetable Lasagna

    Treat yourself with this Garden Vegetable Lasagna! This recipe is jam-packed with fresh summer veggies in cheesy marinara sauce that make this dish incredibly light and flavorsome.

    Relish this lasagna any time of the year.

    Get the Recipe @ aberdeenskitchen

    33. Creamy Orzo Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash

    Simple pasta taken up notch with a simple fall favorite ingredient… butternut squash.

    A great one pot meal option, this creamy orzo pasta gets mixed in with roasted butternut squash, kale, parmesan cheese and fresh sage.

    Get the Recipe @ vikalinka

    34. Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tortellini

    We just love this tortellini dish, which features an absolutely divine homemade roasted red pepper sauce. This will be your new go to meal for meatless nights.

    It’s easy to make and the flavors are super delicious for an easy weeknight meal.

    Get the Recipe @ halfbakedharvest

    35. Tiramisu

    Let’s end this delicious list with a sweet Italian treat… tiramisu!

    This luxurious dessert is super easy to make, and the flavors and textures are just outstanding. So impress your family with this amazing dessert.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    We hope you enjoy these great Italian Vegetarian Recipes as much as we do. They’re all so delicious and good for you.

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    35 BEST Italian Vegetarian Recipes

    This collection of easy and delicious Italian Vegetarian Recipes will take your veggies to a whole new level of flavor. We love this quick and easy pasta:


    • 8oz pasta
    • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    • 1/4-1/2 tsp red chili flakes
    • 10oz cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 3/4 cup kalamata olives, halved
    • 8oz marinated quartered artichoke hearts
    • 1 tsp dried oregano
    • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    • Feta cheese, crumbled, for garnish
    • Salt and pepper, to taste


    1. In a large pot, boil pasta according to directions on package. Drain.
    2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
    3. Add garlic and red chili flakes. Stir and cook for one to two minutes.
    4. Add cherry tomatoes and cook one to two minutes.
    5. Stir in pasta, oregano, parsley, olives and artichoke hearts.
    6. Garnish with feta cheese and serve.

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