Who doesn’t love Italian food? There’s something for every taste, whether you like pasta, pastries, coffee, pizza, desserts, and more! With so many options, we wanted to create the ultimate guide for you to get all your Italian food inspiration from. With choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, sides and desserts, this 25 recipe Ultimate Italian Food Guide is full of awesome options from our Food Monster App to help you satisfy every Italian food craving!

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Vegan Italian Recipes Archives!


1. Breakfast

Paleo Biscotti

Image Source: Paleo Biscotti

The most important meal of the day is even better when you have these awesome Italian food options to wake up to. Whip up these Paleo Biscotti from Zoe and Mia Lau for a sweet breakfast treat. If you’re having biscotti, you’ll need some coffee to pair it with – how about this High-Protein Caramel Cappuccino from Logan Dunn? If you’re more of a latte over cappucino person, try Natasha Minocha‘s Oatmeal Latte! Another great Italian breakfast option that is a bit more filling than biscotti is a frittata! Check out this Chickpea Flour Frittata With Sweet Potatoes and Kale from Camilla Saulsbury or a Broccoli Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Onions and Garlic from Rawsome Superfoods by Emily von Euw!

2. Lunch

Image Source: Balsamic Grilled Tofu Crostini

Lunchtime is often a meal that people feel too busy for, rushing around at work, school, or anything other daily obligations they have. Enjoy your lunch the Italian way by actually taking a pause for lunch, and sitting down and enjoying it even just for a few minutes if that’s all you have to spare. Plus, you’ll really want to take the time to savor this Balsamic Grilled Tofu Crostini from Marta Ansaldo and Mimma Sangiorgio. Step up your typical lunch salad with this Panzanella with Turmeric Dijon Dressing from Juliana Strawn! You could also top a salad with these High Protein Spinach and Rice Balls from Philipp Ertl. If you have a little longer for a lunch break, sit down to enjoy these Stuffed Italian Portobello Mushrooms from Koko Brill! On a chilly day, warm up with a classic Italian Meatball Soup from Kat Condon.


3. Dinner

Mushroom, Tahini, and Miso Risotto [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Image Source: Mushroom, Tahini, and Miso Risotto

Sit down to a gorgeous dinner with your family and loved ones and celebrate these amazing dinner recipes! Satisfying, delicious, and filling, these dishes are sure to impress. Who could resist this Mushroom, Tahini, and Miso Risotto from Marta Ansaldo and Mimma Sangiorgio? Many associate meat and cheese with their image of an Italian dinner, but there’s a great replacement for meat in Italian recipes: eggplant! Check out this Eggplant Rollatini with Basil Tofu Ricotta from Gabrielle St. Claire or an Eggplant Parmesan from Marina Yanay-Triner. If you think you need dairy for an awesome alfredo, this Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo from Hot For Food will change your mind, just like these Zucchini-Chickpea ‘Meatballs’ With Marinara and Pasta from Amanda Froelich will show you that meat and cheese aren’t necessary for a classic meatball and pasta dish – in fact, this one is even better!

4. Sides, Snacks and Sauces

Italian-Style Focaccia Bread

Image Source: Oat and Quinoa Focaccia Bread

The sides and sauces served with Italian dishes can make or break the meal. You’ve got to have some great bread with your Italian dinner, which is why we highly encourage making a loaf of this Oat and Quinoa Focaccia Bread from Sirke Reivo – it’s so good that you may even pay more attention to it than your actual dinner. For a great appetizer, keep this recipe for Heirloom Tomato and White Bean Bruschetta from Paris Marash and try not to fill up on it before your meal! For great additions to pasta, pizza, or whatever else you like, try out other sauces like Melissa Tedesco‘s Parsley Pumpkin Seed Pesto or Nele Liivlaid‘s Sweet Ricotta Cheese With Raw Buckwheat, and top with Slow-Roasted Garlic and Herb Tomatoes from Viktoria Radichkova!


5. Desserts

Raw Tiramisu 2

Image Source: Raw Tiramisu

Italian desserts are full of rich flavors and amazing velvety textures that will make you rethink the whole idea of sharing desserts. You won’t want to sacrifice a single bite of this Raw Tiramisu from Lena Ksanti. The flavor of this smooth Coconut Caramel Panna Cotta from Shanna Laychuk is unforgettable! Dig into some Fresh Peach Gelato from Simona Malerba, or whip up her Stracciatella Ice Cream Biscuits! For a versatile dessert ingredient that you can use for tons of different recipes (other than dessert as well!), keep this Easy 4-Ingredient Mascarpone from Maya Sozer in your fridge or freezer.

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Pasta

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammationheart healthmental wellbeingfitness goalsnutritional needsallergiesgut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, including acnehormonal imbalancecancerprostate cancer and has many side effects.

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