Italian foods are so creamy and delicious, but they are full of eggs, cheese, and meat that goes against the ethical standards that vegans have to not eat any animal products. But being a vegan doesn't mean that you have to stop eating your favorite foods. The trick is to choose the ingredients that you put in your dishes a little more carefully. Read on for four easy Italian dishes that are so delicious that you won't even notice that they are all strictly plant-based.
Layer lasagna noodles with blended silken tofu, shredded carrots, and fresh spinach leaves. Then, pour some marinara sauce over the dish. Sprinkle crumbled up firm tofu and nutritional yeast flakes on it to make a topping similar to mozzarella.
Eggplant Parmigiana Subs
Coat slices of eggplant with a sprinkle of salt and some seasoned bread crumbs. Bake them in the oven until they are tender. Some companies, like Ynot Italian know how simple it is to make vegan subs. Then, layer them with some warm pasta sauce inside a piece of thick bread that has been cut in half.
Spaghetti with a Butternut Squash Sauce
Roast butternut squash in the oven until it is soft. Then, scoop out the flesh. Puree it with a little almond milk to make it creamy. Stir in some sautéed onion and carrot slices. Pour this sauce over some freshly cooked whole wheat spaghetti.
Roasted Red Pepper and Ziti Soup
Any kind of small pasta will work well with this soup. Ziti has a nice firm texture that makes it taste hardier though. Roast whole red peppers, mushrooms, and onions in the oven. When they are done, set them aside to rest for a few minutes before you chop them up. Then, cook the ziti until it is tender. Combine the ziti and vegetables in a large pot. Pour vegetable broth over the top, and heat it through. You can add a splash of almond milk to it to make it creamy without affecting the taste.
As you can see, all of these dishes take no time to make, but they will taste like you have slaved over them for hours in the kitchen. Feel free to change up the ingredients in them to make the dishes your own personal creations. And remember, many stores sell vegan substitutions for meat and cheese products that taste almost identical to the real thing. So if you can't live without mozzarella and sausage for your Italian food, you can get a guiltless vegan version instead.