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Vegetarian and Vegan Italian Food Recipes

Vegetarian and vegan Italian food recipes, including vegetarian pasta recipes, vegan gnocchi, vegetarian lasagna recipes, eggplant, salads and more.
  1. Risotto Recipes (23)
  2. Vegetarian Lasagna Recipes (21)
  3. Vegetarian Pizza Recipes (41)

Vegetarian Tofu Cacciatore
Vegetarian and vegan tofu cacciatore

Vegetarian Olive and Feta Pasta Recipe
A vegetarian pasta recipe you can serve hot for dinner or cold for a pasta salad. This is a quick and easy vegetarian pasta recipe full of healthy fiber and protein and suitable for vegetarian kids.

Vegan pesto with mint and cilantro
A cheeseless three-herb Italian vegan pesto recipe using fresh herbs including fresh basil, as in traditional pesto recipes, but also adding fresh cilantro and a bit of mint for a myriad of flavors. You certainly won't miss the cheese in this flavorful vegan pesto recipe!

Black Bean and Cheese Calzones
Black Bean and Cheese Calzones

Linguine with Walnut Sauce
Linguine with Walnut Sauce is a unique Italian pasta dish with plenty of fresh herbs to add flavor. This vegetarian and vegan recipe is festive enough for a special occasion but simple enough for everyday.

Vegetarian Pasta Puttanesca from Italy
Vegetarian and vegan pasta puttanesca with white wine and capers. Puttanesca recipe reprinted with permission from "Vegan Fire & Spice: 200 Sultry and Savory Global Recipes" by chef Robin Robertson. Robin assures that this recipe is absolutely irresistible!

Vegan Tofu Manicotti
Don't tell them the filling in this manicotti recipe isn't ricotta and chances are they'll never even suspect that it's tofu! This Italian manicotti recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.

Vegan lasagna recipes
Like vegan lasagna? Here's plenty of cheeseless dairy-free lasagna recipes, each of which is completely delicious and 100% cholesterol-free

Green minestra soup with Swiss chard
A triple-green Italian minestrone soup recipe made with romaine, chard, spinach, cabbage and potatoes. This authentic Italian minestra is called "minestra verde variata" and comes from The Duke's Table, a vegetarian Italian cookbook first published in 1930 in Sicily. This minestra is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.

Vegetarian Lasagna Recipes
Looking for an easy and healthy vegetarian lasagna recipe? Check out some of my favorite vegetarian and vegan lasagna recipes here. Whether you're looking for a traditional Italian main dish or want to experiment with something new, there's a vegetarian lasagna recipe here that will surely do the trick.

Mediterranean Rainbow Pasta
Mediterranean Rainbow Pasta

Kids Vegetarian Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes Recipe
Kids Vegetarian Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes Recipe

Italian Style Vegetarian Rice and Beans
Italian Style Vegetarian Rice and Beans

Pasta Puttanesca with Eggplant
Vegetarian and vegan Pasta Puttanesca with Eggplant. A classic Italian food entree.

Vegan Bean Bruschetta
Vegan Bean Bruschetta

Gnocchi with Sage and Butter Sauce
Gnocchi with Sage and Butter Sauce. You can make this Italian gnocchi recipe vegan by using margarine instead of butter.

Vegan Polenta Recipe
I like to eat a creamy quick homemade vegan polenta for breakfast because I often have cornmeal and the other vegan polenta ingredients on hand. Add as much vegan margarine as you'd like, if you're not worried about your vegan polenta being low-fat, too!

Avocado and Pesto Pasta
Being born and raised in California, I'm a firm believer that you can never eat too many avocados! This California-inspired vegetarian pesto pasta recipe combines the light, creamy flavor of the avocado with a rich basil pesto for a unique Italian vegetarian pasta dish. Yum!

Mediterranean Spinach and Pasta
A healthy and textured vegetarian pasta recipe, inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean! This vegetarian pasta recipe combines Parmesan cheese and lots of fresh chopped parsley and is a healthy and hearty vegetarian main dish pasta.

Pasta Fagiole with Orzo
If you're bored of the usual pasta suspects, try orzo for a change! This vegetarian pasta recipe for orzo and fagioli (beans) is healthy and flavorful.

Tuscan Garbanzo and Sun Dried Tomato Soup Recipe
Tuscan Garbanzo and Sun Dried Tomato Soup Recipe

Angel Hair Pasta Primavera
Angel Hair Pasta Primavera is a healthy pasta recipe you can serve as a main dish, and easy enough to prepare on a weeknight. With lots of veggies and a soy-based sauce, this Italian-inspired vegetarian and vegan pasta recipe is very low in fat.

Pumpkin and Sage Pasta Sauce
Savory and aromatic, this vegetarian and vegan pumpkin pasta sauce recipe is naturally low in fat, and perfect for an unusual main dish. Unlike many pumpkin pasta sauce recipes which use butter and cream for added flavor (and added fat!), this recipe stays low in fat by using soy milk instead of cream, and uses vegetable broth, walnuts and sage for a rich texture and flavor.

Basic Vegan Pesto
This vegan pesto recipe tastes surprisingly like the real thing! Toss with pasta, use as a pizza sauce or serve with bread or crackers for an appetizer. It's also very quick and easy to make as long as you have a good food processor. This is also a raw foods recipe.

Macaroni and cheese with apples
Ok, so this macaroni and cheese recipe with apples isn't exactly traditional, but that's no reason not to love it!

Fennel and Mint Salad
The combination of mint and fennel (anise) in this salad creates a light and fresh taste. This Italian fennel salad recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.

Vegetarian Pasta E Fagioli - Pasta and Beans
Vegetarian Pasta E Fagioli - Pasta and Beans. This Italian pasta recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.

Two Cheese Pasta Sauce
Two Cheese Pasta Sauce - a vegetarian Italian pasta sauce recipe.

Creamy Artichoke Pasta
This creamy vegetarian artichoke pasta dish is great for every day or special occasions. Dress it up a bit by adding sun-dried tomatoes or mushrooms. For a vegan version, simply omit the cheese or use a vegan soy cheese.

Tomato Marinara Curry Sauce
Who said marinara had to be Italian? This Indian-fusion recipe is heartier than most marinara sauces, so it can be served over rice or other grains as well as pasta. This Italian and Indian marinara sauce is both vegetarian and vegan.

Quick and Easy Pasta and Bean Salad
Quick and Easy Pasta and Bean Salad. This quick pasta salad recipe is vegetarian, but you could easily make it vegan by using vegan mayonnaise. Experiment by adding some of your favorite veggies for an even more nutritious salad. Enjoy!

Fresh Apricot Pasta Salad
Fresh Apricot Pasta Salad. Recipe courtesy of the California Fresh Apricot Council. This recipe for apricot pasta salad is both vegetarian and vegan.

Vegan Artichoke Pesto
Vegan Artichoke Pesto

Tofu gnocchi
Tofu gnocchi - Italian gnocchi homemade with tofu - Gnocchi without potatoes

Quick and Easy Three Bean and Egg Salad
From About.com's guide to Italian food comes this recipe for a quick and easy pasta salad with beans and eggs. This Italian pasta salad recipe is vegetarian.

Vegan gnocchi without eggs
I've tried plenty of homemade vegan gnocchi recipes, and this one is my favorite way. Egg or no egg, gnocchi always runs the risk of being dry and flaky, rather than light and puffy. An eggless and vegan homemade Italian gnocchi recipe.

Crunchy Fettucine with Avocado
Avocado, walnuts and sun-dried tomatoes add texture and crunch to this unusual Italian vegetarian and vegan pasta dish. Although the ingredients may be a bit fancy, the recipe itself is very quick and easy to prepare, and is sure to impress your family, friends or guests.

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
Vegan pesto is always a delicious choice, and this version, made with store-bought roasted red peppers really packs in the flavor. If you like dairy-free and vegan pesto recipes, try this homemade version with roasted red peppers.

Easy vegetarian eggplant parmesan
Easy vegetarian eggplant parmesan - Breaded and baked eggplant casserole

Three Bean Pasta with Creamy Spinach Sauce
Three Bean Pasta with Creamy Spinach Sauce. This Italian pasta recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.

Vegetarian Pasta Puttanesca (Pasta with Olives and Capers)
Vegetarian Pasta Puttanesca (Pasta with Olives and Capers)

Italian Three Bean Salad
Italian Three Bean Salad

Porobello and Asparagus Pasta
Porobello and Asparagus Pasta. This Italian pasta recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.

Vegetable Minestrone Soup
Vegetable Minestrone Soup. This Italian minestrone soup recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.

Easy Italian Pasta Salad
Easy Italian Pasta Salad

Vegan Fettucine Alfredo with Tofutti Cream Cheese
Vegan Fettucine Alfredo with Tofutti Cream Cheese

Pasta with Vegetarian Chik'n and "Bacon"
Pasta with Vegetarian Chik'n and "Bacon"

Vegetarian "Chicken" Minestrone Soup
Vegetarian "Chicken" Minestrone Soup

Vegan ricotta cheese substitute
Use tofu to make a cholesterol-free lower-fat ricotta cheese substitute that is 100% vegan and dairy-free! If you need a ricotta cheese substitute for a vegan lasagna or ravioli, try this simple yet convincing ricotta cheese substitute.

Gourmet vegetarian pan-fried polenta with olives
Gourmet vegetarian pan-fried polenta with olives

Vegetarian "chicken" linguini with artichokes
A classic Italian pasta dish made meatfree, vegetarian and vegan with a vegetarian chicken substitute. This linguini dish is made with artichokes, fresh lemon and Parmesan cheese.

Vegetarian gnocchi recipe with pesto and white beans
Vegetarian gnocchi recipe with pesto and white beans - Italian gnocchi with pesto

Polenta with veggies
A simple vegetarian and vegan polenta recipe with vegetables that makes a suitable side dish, or even a quick and easy main dish. It's not fancy, but if you need a quick and easy vegetarian polenta recipe for dinner, this is a good one to try.

Mushrooms with Marsala - Funghi al marsala
An old-fashioned Italian dish of mushrooms in marsala wine.

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