This section is a listings directory by cuisine type of recipes for vegans which will introduce you to new and exciting cuisines to spice up your meal times.
Italian Vegan Recipes >
See below our index of Italian recipes that are suitable for vegans, and more information on Italian food below:
Background on Italian Food
Italian cuisine is now one of the most popular in the world, with Italian restaurants present in most major cities. However, it was only in the 18th century that it took on its recognisable current form, with the wide availability and therefore liberal use in Italy of typical foods such as tomatoes, potatoes, corn and peppers.
In recent history, Italy has remained a relatively poor country by European standards. This has meant that vegetables were widely used as meat was often too expensive or scarce for everyday use. Therefore, there are many vegan recipes in Italian cooking. It also meant that dishes are relatively simple and home cooking remains the most popular in Italy. The cuisine lends itself well to home cooking even now.
When Italian cuisine is mentioned, most people immediately think of pizza and pasta but there is so much more to it than that. Gnocchi (potato based), polenta and rice (used in risotto) are also commonly used starch forms. It's also worth noting that under Italian law, dry pasta can only be made from duram wheat. This is the common form in southern Italy. However, in northen Italy fresh pasta with egg remains popular.
Herbs such as basil and fennel play an important role in most Italian dishes, as do tomato, pepper, garlic, onion, mushroom, olives, olive oil, eggplants, artichokes, zucchini and cheese. Some of the most famous dishes include minestrone soup, risotto, ragu, peperonata, caponata, bruschetta, tiramisu cake; as well as a diverse range of pizza and pasta dishes including calzone, focaccia, lasagne, spaghetti bolognaise, aglio e olio, al pesto, arrabbiata, cannelloni, ravioli, puttanesca and neapolitana.
Of course, no self-respecting Italian would consider a meal complete without a cup of coffee (usually espresso), if not a glass of wine. We hope to bring you more vegan Italian recipes soon.
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