Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
Looking for some vegetarian Italian meals to add to your repertoire? We’ve got you covered.
There are a lot of reasons to want to reduce meat consumption – for dietary, economic, or even eco-friendly purposes. Thankfully, we find that Italian food lends itself to being meatless: thanks to pasta, seasonal veggies, and a lot of Parm, you won’t be missing the meat in these recipes. These are just a few of our favorite vegetarian Italian meals we’ve been loving lately!
If we had to describe these fluffy ricotta dumplings, imagine a dish that’s a cross between cheesy ravioli filling and pillowy gnocchi. Yes, it is as good as it sounds.
The bright flavors of tomato + risotto + olive-oil-crisped potatoes make for something truly delicious in this classic vegetarian Italian meal.
A perfectly classic pesto had to be near the top of the list! You can bulk up this pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes, greens, fresh mozzarella or burrata to give it some more heft.
This bright and fresh pasta shines the spotlight down on seasonal spring vegetables. Fact: veggies always taste better when nestled in with Nodi Marini pasta.
Veggies, cheese and orzo stuffed into bell peppers makes a super comforting meatless meal. Substitute the called-for chicken broth with vegetable broth to make it truly vegetarian!
Toast for breakfast just became a much more exciting concept with these pizza-style tartines! Serve it up with a simple arugula or baby kale salad for a meal that feels straight out of the neighborhood’s coolest cafe.
We are so here for a dish that’s incredibly comforting, but still feels like a nutritious option. This cheesy baked pasta is loaded with roasted vegetables, and it’s a fan-favorite.
Not only do walnuts add a great texture to this creamy pasta, but they add some much-needed fat and protein to help keep you full for longer.
This isn’t your average potato gnocchi, but it’s equally delicious! These dumplings are made of semolina flour, and they cook up with a crispy outside and a creamy, sumptuous texture inside. Perfect for cold nights, and one of our favorite classic vegetarian Italian meals.
Eggplant Parm has never been easier to make than in this recipe – no rolling, breading, frying, or mess required.
A salad has to be seriously satisfying to stand alone as a dinner, and this one is up for the task. Loaded with caramelized roasted vegetables, walnuts and crisp pears (apples would be fab, too!) it’s a ton of great flavor in a hearty salad.
This pasta is absolutely packed with tons of great flavor and textures. Caramelized squash and onions with a creamy goat cheese “sauce” (aka – goat cheese and pasta water!) plus toasted walnuts = a really delicious and hearty vegetarian pasta.
Swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth in this bright, flavorful soup. Don’t skip out on the lemon, either – it’s the secret ingredient that really makes it shine.
Roasted beets, burrata, pine nuts, and a shallot vinaigrette… this is kind of our dream salad.
The only thing you need to cook in this pasta is the noodles – how easy is that? The super flavorful marinated tomatoes create their own delicious sauce, and topped with fresh basil and Parm, it’s everything we love about spring and summer food.