I’m a big fan of Italian cuisine and its hearty flavors. Being a vegetarian, I’ve learned to adapt these traditional dishes to suit my dietary preferences. And guess what? They’re just as delicious!

From creamy pumpkin pasta sauce to Tuscan vegan gnocchi, I’ve picked out 25 of the best Italian vegetarian recipes for you.

Here’s my selection of 25 mouthwatering Italian vegetarian recipes:

1. Italian Farro Salad

If you’re looking for a nutrient-packed alternative to rice in your Italian vegetarian recipes, you can’t go wrong with an Italian Farro Salad. Packed with protein and fiber, farro’s nutty flavor pairs perfectly with fresh market veggies. Just chop and toss!

Though it’s not gluten-free due to being a whole grain, its high nutrient content makes it worth considering.

2. Vegan Mushroom Pasta with Spinach

You’ll absolutely love the meaty texture of the mushrooms in this vegan mushroom pasta with spinach. They’re a hit, not miss, providing a hearty bite without overcooking into rubbery bits.

It’s all about getting that beautiful color in mere minutes. This dish is not just tasty; it’s also an art of timing and temperature control that I’m excited to guide you through.

3. Copycat Olive Garden Vegan Fried Ravioli

Next, we’re diving into the crunchy delight of copycat Olive Garden vegan fried ravioli. You won’t believe it isn’t cheese-filled! This deep-fried pasta incorporates vegan Parmesan in its breadcrumb mix, creating a cheesy illusion.

It’s crucial to fry immediately after dipping, as waiting can turn your coating mushy instead of crispy.

For non-vegans craving authenticity, real Parmesan is an option too!

4. Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Let’s shift gears and talk about a creamy pumpkin pasta sauce that’s both vegan-friendly and packed with flavor.

This sweet, light-colored sauce is made from pumpkin and cashews for added nutrients.

For a thinner consistency, you can opt for coconut cream. But if you’re not vegan, heavy cream and cheddar cheese make a delicious alternative.

It’s versatility at its best!

5. The Best Vegan Garlic Alfredo Sauce

The vegan garlic Alfredo is worth a try. It’s creamy and rich, not to mention it’s got an addictive garlicky kick. Key to its velvety texture are cashews – soaked and then blended until silky smooth.

It’s crucial to be patient during this process; a high-powered blender helps achieve that sought-after deliciousness.

6. Tuscan White Bean Salad

You’re going to love the Tuscan White Bean Salad; it’s a make-ahead dish that can be served for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

The buttery white beans provide protein while their mild flavor complements the onions, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, lemon juice, tomato and parsley.

It’s versatile too; enjoy it as a light lunch with crostini or as a side with white fish.

7. Vegan Cacio e Pepe Pasta

If you’re in the mood for pasta, Vegan Cacio e Pepe is a must-try. It’s made with cashews to create a creamy, cheese-like sauce that closely mimics the original dish. This Italian classic gets a vegan makeover without losing its robust flavor.

The combination of pepper and cashew-based sauce creates an irresistible savory treat for your palate. Perfect for vegans craving some comfort food!

8. Italian Tomato Salad (Marinated Tomato Salad)

Let’s move on to a summer favorite, the Marinated Tomato Salad. It’s perfect for those who aren’t fond of lettuce but love ripe and juicy tomatoes.

This Italian delight can be crafted with cherry tomatoes or beefy ones for an impressive display. However, the key is using ripe tomatoes that are fragrant and full of flavor.

9. Buttery Garlic Pasta

This dish is a sure-fire crowd favorite with its simple yet satisfying flavors.

The butter and garlic combo create an irresistible aroma, while the optional addition of paprika adds a subtle kick. Feel free to toss in veggies for added nutrition.

Paired with fancy focaccia, it’s a taste of Italy right at home!

10. Affogato Coffee Ice Cream

You’re gonna love the simplicity of making an Affogato Coffee Ice Cream, a perfect warm-weather treat that combines hot coffee and top-quality vanilla ice cream.

It’s as easy as pouring your favorite brew over a scoop of creamy vanilla goodness.

For a twist, add a drizzle of caramel for added sweetness.

A heavenly combo that’s utterly irresistible and oh-so-Italian!

11. Rosemary Mushroom Risotto

This dish is a personal favorite, mainly because it incorporates rosemary which I’ve been growing since last year.

The robust flavor beautifully complements mushrooms. And for a finishing touch, you can add Parmesan or nutritional yeast if you’re vegan.

12. Lemon Spaghetti with Spinach (One Pot)

Lemon Spaghetti with Spinach is a one-pot wonder that’s sure to tickle your taste buds.

Usually enhanced with shrimp, this dish also pairs well with crispy tofu for a vegetarian twist.

The zesty lemon sauce truly shines when it melds with an extra element, creating a symphony of flavors in every mouthful.

13. Vegan Risotto with Asparagus and Peas

This dish is not only delicious but also packed with health benefits. It has nutritional yeast, which not only enhances flavor but also boosts health.

Despite its creaminess, it doesn’t contain Parmesan cheese, making it perfect for vegans. But if you fancy a cheesy twist, try adding homemade vegan Parmesan!

14. Italian Pickled Eggplant

You’re going to love exploring the process of making pickled eggplant, a versatile dish that can add a zesty kick to your salads or simply enjoyed as a tangy side.

Don’t fret over its challenging consistency! I start by salting the eggplant to reduce bitterness and excess moisture, then cook it in a water-vinegar mix.

Tossed with spices and stored in oil, it’s pure perfection.

15. Italian Giardiniera Recipe

Moving on to giardiniera, it’s a vibrant relish made from garden-fresh veggies. The vegetables are chopped and cooked until tender before being preserved in a sterilized jar. The name itself translates to ‘from the garden’, capturing its essence perfectly.

Giardiniera is ideal for preserving ripe produce for winter use. This Italian delight adds a crunchy, tangy touch to any dish. It exemplifies the beauty of Italian vegetarian cuisine.

16. Creamy Tortellini Soup

It’s a comforting bowl of deliciousness that can be made even healthier with the right substitutions.

If you’re concerned about high calories in creamy soups, simply switch out heavy cream for cashew butter or silken tofu – both lower-fat alternatives. You’ll still enjoy a rich, savory treat without the guilt!

It’s an easy way to enhance your dinner while keeping things light and nutritious.

17. Easy Italian Chickpea Salad

Easy chickpea salad is known for its nutritional benefits and flavorful dressing.

Chickpeas enrich salads with nutrition and substance. The simple dressing, made from olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and oregano offers a delightful taste. For an extra flavor kick, you can add some balsamic too.

This Italian-inspired vegetarian recipe truly satisfies both your health consciousness and your taste buds!

18. The Perfect Cappuccino

Now we’re onto mastering the art of making a perfect cappuccino with your fancy coffee machine. It’s simpler than you’d think, just brewing top-quality coffee and frothing milk to silky perfection.

The final touch? A dusting of cinnamon or cocoa powder for that extra flair. Trust me, once you’ve tried this at home, those cafe visits will become a thing of the past!

19. Homemade Vegan Margherita Pizza

You’re about to discover how easy it is to whip up a homemade vegan Margherita pizza that’s both stunning and delicious.

With a dough crafted from flour, water, yeast, salt, and olive oil – all vegan-friendly ingredients – you’ll be halfway there.

Top it with creamy cashew ‘mozzarella’. It might not pull like real cheese, but trust me, it takes this pizza to new heights.

20. Vegan Pasta e Fagioli

Vegan Pasta e Fagioli is a hearty soup that’s perfect for chilly days.

Similar to minestrone but loaded with beans and pasta, it’s thick and filling.

While white beans are recommended, chickpeas can be a tasty alternative.

This Italian classic is ideal for those seeking satisfying vegetarian recipes with an authentic flair.

21. One-Pot Vegan Minestrone

One-pot vegan minestrone is a dish that’s not only easy to prepare but also packed with an abundance of vegetables.

Sharing similarities in flavors and texture with Pasta e Fagioli, it incorporates white beans, green beans, zucchini, and greens.

This wholesome soup is a delightful demonstration of Italian cuisine’s versatility in accommodating dietary preferences without compromising on taste or nutritional value.

22. Italian Butter Cookies

These little gems are a blend of shortbread, sugar cookies, and Viennese whirls that melt in your mouth with their buttery goodness.

The soft dough needs careful piping into shapes before baking until they just start to turn golden for that perfect crumbly texture.

23. Tuscan Vegan Gnocchi

After indulging in those delightful butter cookies, we’re now turning our attention to a Tuscan-inspired vegan gnocchi dish that’s both flavorful and wholesome.

The light and creamy sauce, made from vegetable broth, coconut milk, lemon juice, and Italian seasoning dances with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach over the tender gnocchi.

It’s a nut-free delight that paints a beautiful culinary picture of Tuscany while accommodating dietary preferences.

24. Authentic Italian Bruschetta

Picture this: grilled bread forms a crunchy base, topped with fresh ingredients of your choice. A cold appetizer that hits the spot! But remember, serve it promptly to keep the bread from getting soggy.

This is simplicity and freshness dancing on your palate in perfect Italian style.

25. Vegan Italian Wedding Soup

This is a warm and filling soup with vegan meatballs. The base ingredients include onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Further enhanced by kale and acini de pepe pasta, this vegan Italian wedding soup is a delightful dish.

You can use store-bought vegan meatballs or make your own using a popular recipe. Alternatively, swap the meatballs for vegan sausage!


Meet Katherine, the nutrition expert at American Folk Magazine! With a Master's degree in Nutritional Sciences and certified as a nutritionist, she shares practical tips and evidence-based insights to help you lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

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