Vegan Italian: The Roundup

Whew! You know how they say that when it rains, it pours. Well, like all cliches, this one’s absolutely true.

This past week I was blindsided by a crush of time-consuming surprises, as a result of which I was forced to put off posting all those wonderful recipes all of you sent in for It’s A Vegan World: Italian. My apologies, but here it finally is!

Pat yourselves on your backs– you were incredible. Vegan cooking can be a challenge even to those of us who do it every day, and Italian food without cheese can be particularly daunting. But not only did all of you rise spectacularly to the occasion, you positively dazzled me as you will everyone else once they see what you cooked up!

I am really looking forward to another successful month, this time of Vegan Mexican food. Come on, you guys, it’s easy! In fact, I already have a few entries, but I am hoping for many, many more.

But first, enjoy this roundup, everyone– you did it!

Aparna makes a gorgeous Minnestrone with black-eyed beans, vegetables and pesto.

Aquadaze’s Fusilli in Sun-dried Tomato Pesto is perfect Italian comfort food.

Asha makes a simple but utterly flavorful Grilled Grapefruit and Zucchini Salad

The always sunny Cham contributes an aromatic and gorgeous Farfalle With Cilantro Pesto.

A clever use of turmeric makes Deesha’s Lemon-Flavored Fettucine with Broccoli Florets a feast for the eyes and stomach.

DJ Karma sends in some incredibly hunger-inducing Crispy Baked Eggplant and Cauliflower Bread. Now here’s a dinner to love.

Food Fanatic’s Pasta Penne with Garlic and Mustard Sauce: even the title makes my mouth water.

Gayathri steals my desi heart with her Pasta Cooked with Indian-style Sauce.

The sunny and energetic Harini sends in two gorgeous creations: Pasta with Pesto, and Kidney Bean and Brown Rice Risotto.

Jo’s hearty and beautiful White Bean Tomato Stew makes me so hungry!

Madhuram, who never ceases to amaze me with her creativity, comes up with three gems: the jewel-hued Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce, Pizza Pepporanata and Spaghetti with Kidney Bean Sauce.

Meera, always fresh and prolific, sets a record with SIX lovely dishes: Pasta Con Melanzane E Pomodori, Fusille with Spinach and Beans, a White Bean and Spinach Soup, Pasta Puttanesca, Tomato-Dill Soup, and Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Walnuts. Hats off, Meera!

Mia flavors her spectacular Pizza Rustique with an unusual ingredient: ajwain!

Mints’ simple but delicious Spaghetti will have you rushing for second helpings!

Miri’s Aubergine and Eggplant Tofu Bake is vibrant with the flavors of basil, cumin and tabasco. Delicious.

Pavani’s Potato Pizza doesn’t just make for great alliteration: it sounds so divine, I feel I’ve died and gone to heaven!

Pavithra cooks up a herby and fragrant Foccaccia, as well as Spaghetti with Spinach Walnut Pesto. Yum.

Priya of Akshayapaatram, and next month’s host of It’s A Vegan World, sends in an exquisite and colorful Panzanella: a rustic bread salad.

Priya Narasimhan sends a delectably creamy Soymilk Pasta

The incredibly prolific Priyasuresh sends not one but three delicious recipes: an Onion Foccacia, a spicy Fusilli with Broccoli and Sprouted Moong Dal, and a Cauliflower, Broccoli and Pasta Soup.

Rekha sends a beautiful and healthy Orzo Pasta Soup with Mushrooms.

I live to eat potatoes, and these healthy, roasted beauties from Sangeetha sound like a perfect excuse to indulge!

Soma uses an iron skillet to mix up some magic into her already delicious Spaghetti.

This beautiful Easy Eggplant Bake from Suganya makes me want to rush into the kitchen and start cooking!

Susan ‘s beautifully appetizing Eggplant Caponata: now how great does that look?

Sushma makes an Indian-style pasta and stirs in garam masala and chaat masala for an explosion of flavors.

Swapna Pravin’s Pasta Salad is also a feast for the eyes.

Sweatha serves up an incredibly flavorful and healthy Peasant-style Cabbage Soup.

The Budding Cook, always delightful with her creative and beautiful dishes, scores again with Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)

Uma Ramesh sends two delicious takes on polenta: Polenta with Sauteed Vegetables and With a Creamy Sauce.

Lemon and pasta are an incredible flavor combination, and Usha’s Lemon Pasta Salad is bound to win over any palate.

Varsha’s Multicolored Crostini looks eminently snackable.

Smoky bell peppers and tomatoes make perfect mates in this beautiful creamy soup from Vidhas.

Artichokes and olives! Healthnut Yasmeen served up these delicious veggies with a gorgeous rotini pasta.

And here are some recipes I made for the event:

Gnocchi With Sundried Tomato Pesto

Pappardelle Pasta with Asparagus and Green Pepper Frittata

Amaretti Cookies

Rustic Tuscan Bread

Angel Hair Pasta With Green Beans and Mushrooms

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Pizza Topped With Tandoori Tofu

If I missed adding any of your recipes, please, please drop me a note. It is not intentional, and I’ll correct any oversights immediately.

(C) All recipes and photographs copyright of Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes.

36 thoughts on “Vegan Italian: The Roundup

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    March 9, 2009 at 3:08pm

    This must be the ultimate collection of yummy food. What can better than pasta, pizza bread and a cookie?
    On second thoughts, chocolate, maybe? :D
    Thanks for a great theme and lovely round-up.

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    March 9, 2009 at 3:09pm

    Wonderful round up, love the breads there. I just made something for your Mexican Vegan and had a great yummy lunch, I will post post later! :)

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    March 9, 2009 at 3:33pm

    nice round up Vaishali many vegan entries

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    March 9, 2009 at 3:38pm

    An amazing collection of great dishes! I seriously want to eat them all!I also want to thank everyone for teaching me some great stuff,and you Vaishali for such a wondeful initiative!Thank you for having me.Now we can all go Vegan Italian!Grazie,ciao!Mia

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    March 9, 2009 at 4:05pm

    Thats a whole lot of Vegan Italian food to last for a while. Great job Vaishali. I’m looking for Vegan-Mexican recipes. Will send something soon.

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    March 9, 2009 at 4:09pm

    Amazing vegan collections Vaishu. Well it is indeed challenging to skip cheese but worth at the end :) Great theme and wonderful round-up!

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    March 9, 2009 at 4:32pm

    Amazing vegan collection Vaishali! Wonderful roundup :-)

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    March 9, 2009 at 4:33pm

    me me, I’m the one missing :D Wonderful round up Vaishali, tonnes of pasta ideas here.

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    March 9, 2009 at 4:54pm

    Lovely round up,was stuck up and felt left out of so many wonderful events,in absence of a camera.This is one lovely roundup and you have got some really amazing entries…congrats dear for achieving this :-)
    And hey A Very happy holi to u and Desi ,even if you dont play one,may it brings along the colours of beautiful life in your days and nights

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    March 9, 2009 at 5:20pm

    Great Vaishalli. These challenges bring out the creativity right! what a delicious collection!

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    March 9, 2009 at 5:57pm

    That looks so good. Total Food PORN. hmmm… yum.

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    March 9, 2009 at 8:22pm

    Thank you, Vaishali. This event is so much fun and I am looking forward to participate in the coming months.

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    March 9, 2009 at 8:26pm

    what a great event!! and some amazing creations.

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    March 9, 2009 at 9:06pm

    Wat a superb roundup Vaishali…many fabulous vegan italian dishes…

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    Varsha Vipins

    March 9, 2009 at 10:34pm

    Great Round up..I wish to try out all of ‘em..They all look so yummy..:)

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    March 10, 2009 at 12:12am

    thats an awesome round-up Vaishali!! too bad i could not participate..will try and send in something for Vegan Mexican!

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    March 10, 2009 at 4:16am

    When I started blogging, vegan was a whole new thing to me. I had no idea such easy vegan delicacies can be made. Way to go Vaishali! That is one great event and roundup! :-)

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    March 10, 2009 at 5:00am

    OMG!! lovley italian dishes in one place. I have to make my menu accordingly trying each one. Great job Vaishali

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    March 10, 2009 at 5:44am

    wow, great round up! So many lovely recipes.

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    DJ Karma

    March 10, 2009 at 7:00am

    After looking at all of these, I am seriously craving Italian food LOL! Thanks for hosting this fun event, Vaishali!

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    March 10, 2009 at 8:04am

    What an amazing collection of vegan, yummy food. Great round up.

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    March 10, 2009 at 10:23am

    Vaishali..This is a Great Italian Vegan Treat!

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    March 10, 2009 at 11:09am

    So many choices! I am amazed that Italian cooking can offer so many vegan choices. Thanks for holding a thematic event like this one. I am just going to look up the entries!

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    Curry Leaf

    March 10, 2009 at 5:50pm

    Love the round up and very happy that I could join.Searching for delish mexican recipes..Thanks

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    Gita's Kitchen

    March 10, 2009 at 9:31pm

    Lovely array of dishes. Everything looks so colorful..Please trail back to my blog. I have something waiting for you :)

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    March 10, 2009 at 11:52pm

    Thanks, Vaishali!
    A wonderful collection of vegan Italian recipes in one place now.:D

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    Pavithra Kodical

    March 11, 2009 at 11:56pm

    Wow..Lovely roundup..All Italian recipes in one place, and that too vegan!Bookmarked.Thank you for hosting Vaishali.

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    March 13, 2009 at 2:39am

    I was waiting for this round up. I want to try so many recipes from here. Thank you so so much for having this event Vaishali.

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    March 13, 2009 at 8:29am

    Me Me Me!! You missed me :( sob sob…

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    March 14, 2009 at 12:55am

    Delightful recipes,thanks for the awesome vegan event ,Vaishali:)

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    March 16, 2009 at 12:01pm

    A fun and challenging event, Vaishali! Thanks for all the hard work of pulling this together.

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    nick catricala

    August 19, 2012 at 11:15pm

    Vaishali… wow, just found yiour site by mistake… what a wonderful mistake :-)

    I am 100% vegan since 2007 and vegetarian since 1998.. so far… thse recipes have been the best ever.. THANKS so much for sharing and thanks to all who participated…
    This is my favorite vegan site…

    Thanks again Vaishali…

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