13 Vegetarian Meals That Embrace Our Love for Italian Food

updated Nov 30, 2023
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A baking dish of lasagne with a slice cut out showing the cross section
Credit: Joe Lingeman

I think we can all agree that there are few things more wonderful in this life than a giant bowl of pasta for dinner. And in these cold and drizzly days of winter, that’s basically all we want.

But there are also so many other tried-and-true Italian comfort foods — like veggie-filled cannellini bean stew, a white pizza with wilted spinach and mozzarella, and easy eggplant parm. These dishes show us that no matter your diet, veggies are pretty awesome. All the more reason to fill that bowl up and dig in.

Vegetarian Italian Meals

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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Fettuccine
Goat cheese is a one-ingredient shortcut in this seriously decadent sauce and easy weeknight pasta.
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Cheesy Vegetarian Lasagna

This lasagna is entirely with vegetables — a mix of late-summer vegetables along with some mushrooms for their texture and earthy flavors — but you could certainly add some cooked sausage or other meat for an even heartier dish.

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Lemon Caper Pasta

It’s a dish that’s right for just about any moment, whether you have an almost-empty pantry and it’s late and you’re hungry on a Wednesday, or you’re cooking for a few friends over the weekend.

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Herbed Gnocchi and Mushrooms

This gnocchi, tossed in a buttery white wine sauce with mushrooms and basil, takes only a little more work and really delivers in the flavor department.

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Farmers Market Pizza
This made-for-summer pizza is cheesy and indulgent, thanks to a layer of herby ricotta and stringy mozzarella, and balanced with a mess of fresh toppings.
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Truffled Potato & Goat Cheese Flatbread

This flatbread recipe is a twist on my perfected pizza dough, however I reduced the amount of yeast and added a splash of garlic-infused olive oil.

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White Pizza with Avocado, Spinach & Mozzarella

This pizza is quite simple and will go well with any white sauce you choose to use.

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Roasted Asparagus & Ricotta Pizza

This recipe makes enough pizza dough for two sheet pan pizzas – one ball of dough for now, and one to freeze for later.

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Skillet Eggplant Parm
An easy recipe for roasted eggplant Parmesan that calls for just one skillet and zero frying.
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Kale and Cannellini Bean Stew

The Parmesan-garlic broth that’s the base of this wholesome stew is going to be your new BFF when you need deep flavor without meat.

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Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)

Panzanella is more than just another tomato salad with some croutons give everything about a half hour to mingle and mix, and this bread salad goes from “pretty good” to a bona fide can’t-stop-eating-it dinner win.

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Spaghetti Squash with Ricotta, Sage, and Pine Nuts

This recipe hardly takes more time to prepare, but it turns the squash into a slightly fancier affair. Creamy and savory, it’s a good side dish or alternative to pasta.

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Asparagus with Eggs and Parmesan

Perfect dish for spring season.

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