Looking to find the best vegetarian Italian dishes that are quick and easy? You’ve come to the right place!

We’ve selected 40 of our best vibrant, fresh, and easy meatless Italian meals – most of which you can serve as weeknight dinners.

Find your favorite recipe by browsing through this list, and take your pick: pasta, pizza, soups, stews, risotto, appetizers, and many more.

Italian Vegetarian Meals

Most of these recipes are ready in less than 30 mins, making them perfect for busy families with kids.

Whether you’re a beginner vegetarian, omnivore, or flexitarian, we’re sure you’ll find your new Italian favorite on this list.

Easy Vegetarian appetizers

These Italian vegetarian starters are simple to make, veggie-packed and guaranteed crowd-pleasers.

Best Italian Vegetarian Dinners

These vegetarian main meals are perfect for guests and family gatherings. All of our recipes include vegan and vegetarian instructions, so you can cook according to your diet preferences.

Is Italian food mostly vegetarian?

Traditional Italian food is, due to peasant tradition, influenced by vegetarian traditions such as “cucina povera“: kitchen of the poor.

Cucina povera refers to cooking with simple ingredients since poorer families would not have expensive or many ingredients available to them. Examples include:

Pasta Puttanesca with olives

Simple Italian food is amazingly flavorful. In fact, you can easily cook hundreds of tasty Italian recipes without meat and still feel satiated.

How to store Italian Vegetarian Meals

  • How to store: you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • How to reheat: reheat your meal (if it’s meant to be served hot) in the microwave or on a pan with a teaspoon of oil. On the second day, these meals will be stickier and less creamy.
  • How to freeze: you can also freeze some of the meals for up to 3 months. To freeze, let it cool down first, then transfer them to a freezer-friendly container, leaving some space to allow it to expand.
  • Thaw in the microwave or in a pot on the stovetop. Before serving, garnish with fresh herbs and optionally a drizzle of olive oil.
zucchini pesto in a jar ready to be frozen

More Italian meals

If you’re also a fan of Italian food, we hear you! After we moved to Italy a couple of years ago, we learned to make a lot of our favorite meals with a vegetarian spin. Here are some of our favorite Italian recipes:

For many more 30-minute meal ideas, check out our 30-minute meal category page.

Italian Vegetarian Meal ideas

40 Italian Vegetarian Dishes

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 4 votes
Looking to find the Italian Vegetarian Recipes for dinner and lunch? We've got you covered with these 40 Italian Meals including pizza, pasta, risotto, protein-rich meals and big salads.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American Italian

Ingredients

  • Check each individual vegetarian recipe for ingredients required.
  • Cook your favorite vegetarian recipe

Instructions 

  • How to store: Keep these vegetarian meals stored in the refrigerator, ideally in an airtight container, for up to 3 days.
  • How to reheat: Warm it up on the stovetop or in the microwave. Before serving garnish with fresh herbs.
  • How to freeze: You can also freeze the meals for up to 3 months. To freeze, let it cool down first, then transfer them to a freezer-friendly container, leaving some space to allow it to expand. Thaw in the microwave or in a pot on the stovetop. Before serving, garnish with fresh herbs, and optionally a drizzle of olive oil.

Video

Pasta alla Norma (eggplant pasta)

Notes

Meal-prep/freezing: You can freeze the meals for up to 3 months. To freeze, let it cool down first, then transfer them to a freezer-friendly container, leaving some space to allow it to expand. Thaw in the microwave or in a pot on the stovetop. Before serving, garnish with fresh herbs.

Nutrition

Serving: 200g, Calories: 300kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 12g
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Nico and Louise in the kitchen

Hi! We are Nico & Louise

Welcome to The Plant-Based School, a food blog with easy, tasty, and wholesome recipes.

Our aim is to help you and your family eat more veggies through delicious recipes with simple ingredients.

Easy right?

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