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I am not vegetarian but I respect those who are, and I understand their concerns. For this reason I grouped here all my recipes that are vegan or that can be easily converted without compromising the final taste.
For those recipes calling for guanciale or bacon (pork fat) or butter as condiment, substitute slightly increasing the quantity of extra-virgin olive oil. Substitute chicken/beef broth with vegetable stock when necessary. Regarding dessert I don’t feel like proposing any substitution. I don’t like to use margarine, I don’t like egg or milk substitutes. I will add to my recipe collection some simple vegan desserts (based mainly on fruit).
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Vegetarian Recipes

Many recipes of traditional Italian cuisine are perfectly vegetarian, and those that are not can be easily converted.
Definition of Vegetarian by the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture). There are several categories of vegetarians, all of whom avoid meat and/or animal products.
Vegan or total vegetarian diet includes only foods from plants: fruits, vegetables, legumes (dried beans and peas), grains, seeds, and nuts.
Lactovegetarian diet includes plant foods plus cheese and other dairy products.
Ovo-lactovegetarian (or lacto-ovovege-tarian) diet also includes eggs.
Semi-vegetarians do not eat red meat but include chicken and fish with plant foods, dairy products, and eggs.
Spaghetti with Garlic and Olive oil
Spaghetti Aio e Oio
Penne with Tomatoes And Red Pepper
Penne all’ Arrabbiata
Pasta with Mushrooms and Peas
Pasta con Funghi e Piselli
Pasta with olives, capers, and tomatoes
Pasta Puttanesca
Pasta with Cauliflower
Fusilli con i Broccoli Arriminati
Marinara Sauce
Salsa Marinara
Potato and Green Beans Salad
Insalata di Patate e Fagiolini
Orange and Fennel Salad
Insalata di Arance e Finocchi
Artichokes Roman Style
Carciofi alla Romana
Sautéed beans with sage
Fagioli all’ Uccelletto
Sautéed Mushrooms
Funghi Trifolati
Green Beans with Onion
Fagiolini con la Cipolla
Grilled Marinated Vegetables
Verdure Gratinate
Sauteed Cabbage
Cavolo Affogato
Pan Sautéed Artichokes
Carciofi al Tegame
Side Courses
Sicilian Eggplant Caponata
Rice Stuffed Tomatoes
Pomodori con il Riso
Eggless Potato Frittata
Frittata di Patate
Potato Gnocchi
Gnocchi di Patate
Note : To make gnocchi a vegetarian dish eliminate egg from the recipe. Dress gnocchi with a vegetarian sauce based on tomato or pesto.
Focaccia with Rosemary
Focaccia al Rosmarino
Focaccia with Olives and Tomato
Focaccia con Olive e Pomodoro
Pizza with Potatoes
Bread, Pizza, Focaccia, ....
Cookies, Tarts, Cakes, Pies, .....
Seasonal Fruit Salad
Macedonia di Frutta
Peaches in Chianti Wine
Pesche col vino Chianti
Tuscan Spiced Fruitcake from Siena
Panforte di Siena
Southern Italian Spiced Cookies

Fresh Tomato and Basil Sauce

Salsa di Pomodoro e Basilico