Italian cuisine includes many different varieties of vegetables and they are cooked in every conceivable way. Tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers are popular in southern Italy and cabbage, asparagus, and potatoes are more popular in the north.
Vegetable and Vegetarian Entrées
Eggplant Parmesan is a traditional Italian dish consisting of breaded and fried eggplant slices that are layered with tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella and baked. If you prefer not to fry the eggplant, we also have provided you with directions on how to grill or bake the eggplant slices.
Stuffed artichokes are one of the most common ways of eating artichokes in Italy. We are providing you two different stuffing recipes for artichokes and two different methods for preparing them.
Stuffed Artichoke Recipes >>
Our recipe for Italian stuffed cabbage has a veal, Italian sausage, spinach, and rice filling. The cabbage rolls may be prepared a few hours ahead and kept refrigerated before baking.
Stuffed Cabbage Recipe >>
Eggplant Rollatini is a bit of a variation of Eggplant Parmesan. In this recipe the eggplant slices are rolled around a filling of ricotta, Parmesan, annd mozzarella cheese and baked with tomato sauce.
Eggplant Rollatini Recipe >>
Escarole stuffed with the flavors of Siciliy, olives, raisins, capers, garlic, pine nuts, and pecorino cheese, make for a delectable dish.
Stuffed Escarole Recipe >>
A rustic dish that can be assembled several hours ahead of time, refrigerated, and baked before serving. Chicken or turkey sausage would also be delicious in this colorful dish.
Stuffed Peppers Recipe >>
Italian Vegetable Pie, filled with mushrooms, spinach, roasted red peppers, and cheese, is a wonderful vegetarian main dish or appetizer.
Vegetable Pie Recipe >>
Zucchini is surprising delicious as the star of this dish. Serve this souffle for a special lunch or light supper with a green salad alongside.
Zucchini Souffle Recipe >>
These are delicious vegetarian "meatballs" made with lentils and ricotta cheese. They have a texture and flavor similar to ground beef meatballs.
Lentil and Ricotta Meatballs >>
This is a savory vegetarian tart with a ricotta and Parmesan filling and topped with slices of fresh ripe tomatoes.
Tomato and Ricotta Tart >>
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Portabello mushrooms stuffed with pasta, spinach, and artichoke hearts topped with melted mozzarella cheese make a great vegetarian entree.
Stuffed Portabello Recipe >>
A delicious vegetarian tart with a crisp puff pastry crust filled with a mixture of leeks, spinach, olives, and ricotta cheese.
Puff Pastry Tart Recipe >>
This stew is perfect for a chilly autumn or winter evening. An assortment of vegetables are cooked in a light tomato broth and served over garlic mashed potatoes.
Vegetable Stew Recipe >>
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A variation of the classic eggplant rollatini recipe, with slices of eggplant baked with a crunchy breadcrumb coating wrapped around a creamy cheese filling and a slice of prosciutto.
Eggplant Rollatini with Prosciutto Recipe >>
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This savory bread pudding with kale and mushrooms is delcious as a vegetarian main course or as a side dish to a Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham.
Bread Pudding with Kale Recipe >>
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Vegetable lasagna bowls are a vegetarian dish that combines all the fantastic flavors of traditional lasagna without being quite so heavy and without taking so much time to prepare.
Vegetable Lasagna Bowls >>
SOUTHERN ITALIAN DESSERTS
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This quiche has a rich, creamy custard filling with layers of squash and mushrooms throughout.
Summer Squash Quiche >>
These vegetable sandwiches are packed with the flavors of fresh ripe summer tomatoes and basil along with artichokes, olives, fennel and eggs layered in a ciabaatta bread with a spicy vinaigrette.
Summer Vegetable Sandwich >>