Italian Vegetarian Entrees

From pizza to polenta and chili to chunky minestrone, Italian-inspired recipes with no meat make wonderful main dishes.


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Creamy Polenta with Portobello Mushroom Sauce
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Creamy Polenta with Portobello Mushroom Sauce

    The addition of shredded havarti keeps the polenta creamy and makes a yummy backdrop for the chunky portobello mushroom and tomato sauce.

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Italian Vegetable Sandwich

    The Italian flat bread, focaccia, is the base for a sandwich of yummy Italian foods -- olives, Parmesan, sweet peppers, tomato, and basil, all topped with a drizzle of Italian salad dressing.

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Quick Minestrone

    You can serve this hearty bean, pasta, and vegetable minestrone immediately, or chill it overnight and allow the flavors to blend. If you like, serve it country-style over thick slices of toasted Italian bread.

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Italian Three-Bean Chili

    Green soybeans (edamame) and olives set this recipe apart from the ordinary bean-based chili.

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Italian Baked Eggs

    Individual crustless quiches -- with zucchini, garlic, basil, and mozzarella -- are perfect for a brunch or light dinner.

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Whole Wheat Pesto Pizza

    A colorful combination of summer squash, sweet peppers, and roma tomatoes sprinkled over the low-fat pesto create this fresh-flavored reduced-fat pizza.

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Italian Artichoke Pie

    Three cheeses -- mozzarella, ricotta, and cream cheese -- make a rich base for this artichoke pie. It's perfect for brunch or a light dinner.

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Chunky Minestrone

    Minestrone is Italian for "big soup," and this one is big indeed, full of zucchini, onion, and carrot.

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Pasta Rosa-Verde

    Fresh tomatoes are quick-cooked with peppery arugula and topped with tangy Gorgonzola cheese for this visually appealing and delicious pasta dish.

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Ratatouille Over Polenta

    Purchased polenta complements this vegetarian entree.

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Rotini Santorini Bake

    Feta cheese, black olives, and balsamic vinaigrette bring bold flavors to this baked pasta recipe.

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Italian Vegetable Pizzas

    Asparagus, zucchini, mushrooms, and tomato are topped with asiago and mozzarella for a great-tasting pizza in less than 30 minutes.

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Roasted Pepper and Chevre Pizzas

    This quick-to-fix pizza is adorned with roasted peppers, goat cheese, onions, olives, tomatoes, and melty mozzarella cheese.

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Fresh Tomato Pizza with Pesto

    A pizza featuring the flavors of late summer -- tomatoes and basil pesto -- is delicious anytime, but a real treat when you are able to take advantage of fresh, local produce.

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Vegetarian Pizza

    When summer rolls around and zucchini, yellow summer squash, and tomatoes are at their peak, enjoy this garden-fresh pizza often.

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Grilled Sicilian-Style Pizza

    Sicilians like their escarole -- a mild, leafy kind of endive -- sauteed with lots of olive oil and served with chewy bread to sop up the juices. For maximum flavor in this grilled adaptation of that idea, use the tangy Italian cheese, Pecorino Romano.

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