We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are the Different Types of Italian Vegetarian Food?

By Felicia Dye
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
DelightedCooking is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At DelightedCooking, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Italian food is a type of cuisine that is loved around the world. Although a person has decided not to eat meat, this does not mean that she cannot eat Italian food, either in restaurants or at home. Pizza, spaghetti with meatballs, and bruschetta are a few examples of tasty Italian vegetarian dishes.

A great Italian vegetarian appetizer is bruschetta. One of the things that makes bruschetta a winning choice is that many people are fond of it. This dish generally only requires bread, olive oil, garlic, and tomato. Salt and basil are commonly used as well. This does not mean a person is restricted to these items though; bruschetta is one of those dishes that leaves a lot of room for experimentation.

When many people think of pizza, one of the first things that they think of is pepperoni. There are, however, a large number of popular vegetarian pizzas. These include the Margherita, which is an Italian vegetarian pizza that usually has basil, mozzarella, and olive oil in addition to the tomato sauce. A vegetarian pizza can be another good option. There is not, however, a standard list of ingredients for such pizzas. Depending upon where it is served, a vegetarian pizza could include items such as mushrooms, olives, and artichokes.

Spaghetti and meatballs is another favorite that sounds as though it may be off limits, but it can be made to suit the needs of a vegetarian. Those who are interested may be able to purchase vegetarian meatballs pre-made. If a person is preparing the dish at home, many recipes highly recommend using mushroom to replace ground the ground meat.

The same is true with lasagna. This dish, when made according to traditional recipes, often calls for the inclusion of meat. However, the sauce and a variety of cheeses are the biggest features of lasagna. Meat can be easily excluded and not missed. If a person chooses, however, she may substitute the meat with mushrooms or other foods.

A good Italian vegetarian food for a cold day is minestrone soup. One of the wonders of this dish is that its name conjures up an image for many people, yet there is not generally any agreed upon recipe for minestrone soup. Even in Italy, the preparation of this dish varies greatly. It usually includes a lot of vegetables, beans, and either pasta or rice.

DelightedCooking is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By Heavanet — On Jan 08, 2015

You can also turn basic vegetables into an Italian vegetarian meal. All you have to do is take your favorite vegetables and add olive oil and Italian herbs and spices. Whether you are cooking them on your stove top or roasting them in the oven, your vegetables will turn out with a tasty, Italian flavor that goes great with a main course or on their own.

By Rundocuri — On Jan 08, 2015

@ocelot60- If you make it the right way, marinara sauce will have a great flavor all by itself with no need for meatballs. The secret is in the sauce base and the spices.

When you aren't using meatballs in your Italian vegetarian marinara recipe, I think that it is important to make it chunky. You can do this by adding chopped tomatoes and other vegetables. You can also add slices of mushrooms for a hearty vegetarian sauce.

You also have to add a good blend of spices to your meatless marinara sauce to give it lots of flavor. Oregano, basil, rosemary, and thyme create a nice Italian spice blend that will compliment your sauce. Onions and garlic will also help to give it a great flavor that is just as good as an Italian meat sauce.

By Ocelot60 — On Jan 07, 2015

I often cook dinner for a group of friends, and one of them is a vegetarian. I'm planning an Italian dinner next time I cook, so I'm looking for a good marinara sauce Italian vegetarian recipe that has a rich flavor without the need for meatballs.

DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.