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8 easy vegan Italian recipes

by Katie Russell

published on 2 August 2023

Italian food is popular for a reason. Few meals can compete with the creaminess of a carbonara, the crunch of a pizza or the rich flavour of a spaghetti bolognese. But as a lot of Italian meals include meat or, at the very least, a healthy smattering of cheese, it can feel hard to cook Italian dishes if you’re vegan. But fear not: there are plenty of vegan Italian recipes out there that keep all of the signature flavours you know and love. We have rounded up the best vegan Italian recipes, from authors including Mary Berry, Ottolenghi and Nigella Lawson.

Mary Berry Aubergine Caponata | Vegetarian Main

Mary Berry’s Aubergine Caponata

This hearty dish blends the rich flavours of passata and olives, and can easily be made with items already in your cupboard!

From the book

Mary Berry

All-In-One Roasted Tomato and Bay Orzo with Black Pepper

This meal needs just 30 minutes in the oven and, in that time, the tomatoes enrich the orzo with their intense flavour. Simply delicious – and, as with most of Rukmini Iyer’s recipes, it’s so easy to make.

From the book

Spaghetti Pomodori e Olio

Spaghetti Pomodori e Olio

by Jérôme Eckmeier, Daniela Lais

Combining tomatoes and pine nuts, this simple lunch dish is full of Italian flavours.

Minestrone Verde

Minestrone Verde

This is one for colder seasons (or, let’s be honest, the month of August in the UK), and features a medley of vegetables that complement each other perfectly: celery, Swiss chard, borlotti beans and fresh basil.

Rainbow Lentil Meatballs with Arrabbiata Sauce

Rainbow Lentil Meatballs with Arrabbiata Sauce

by DK Publishing

This vegan take on an Italian classic involves meatballs made from red and brown lentils, served with a sauce that has a nice kick to it.

Dr Rupy’s Spaghetti

by Dr Rupy Aujla

This pasta is full of nutritious ingredients and has a rich flavour thanks to its mix of aromatic spices.

Yotam Ottolenghi: Max and Flynn’s Lemon Sorbet

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage

Of course, we can’t forget about Italian desserts. This refreshing lemon and hibiscus sorbet is a real show-stopper – and it’s vegan. The light taste makes it the perfect treat for summer.

Nigella Lawson’s Vegan Lemon Polenta Cake

Nigella Lawson’s Vegan Lemon Polenta Cake

In this vegan twist on her staple lemon polenta cake, Nigella Lawson combines a sweet taste with a gloriously soft texture.


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