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Italian food isn’t just about the pancetta and salami. Why not have a go at these gorgeous veg-packed pastas?

Pasta is always a crowd-pleaser, but it’s also a great vehicle for getting loads of lovely veg into your diet! There are plenty of delicious meaty Italian dishes – think creamy carbonara or hearty Bolognese – but Italian food is also a total celebration of veg. You don’t need to be vegetarian to enjoy these Italian dishes, though: they’re super-satisfying and pack a proper flavour punch. Buon appetito!

SUPER GREEN SPAGHETTI

Italian recipe - super green spaghetti

Kind of like spaghetti and homemade pesto; but with loads of good-for-you greens thrown in. A weeknight wonder!

SQUASH & RICOTTA RAVIOLI

Squash and ricotta ravioli recipe

Sweet butternut squash, silky homemade pasta and creamy ricotta, which – bonus! – is lower in fat than most other cheeses. A timeless Italian dish.

WATCH: ASPARAGUS & RICOTTA RAVIOLI

THE BEST PASTA SALAD

Pasta salad - Italian recipe

Pasta salad has a bad rep, but this one might just change your mind. Ready in a mere 15 minutes, it would be welcome at any picnic!

MUSHROOM & LENTIL PAPPARDELLE BOLOGNESE

Vegetarian bolognese

This intensely flavoursome vegetarian Bolognese recipe is the ultimate in winter comfort food. Puy lentils add lovely texture, while tomato purée and mushrooms give an amazing umami kick.

WATCH: VEGGIE SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE

SUMMER VEG LASAGNE

Summer veg lasagne recipe

It’s difficult to think of Italian food without thinking of lasagne, and this veg-packed version is a lovely lighter alternative to the original. Just skip the anchovies to make this suitable for vegetarians.

CLASSIC TOMATO SPAGHETTI

Classic Italian recipe - tomato spaghetti

Simplicity at its best. This is best made when tomatoes are at their peak, so wait until you can find some that are perfectly ripe.

WATCH: TOMATO, AUBERGINE & RICOTTA PASTA

SICILIAN SPAGHETTI ALLA NORMA

Spaghetti alla Norma

This is a beautifully simple, classic Italian pasta dish. It’s incredibly satisfying, full of flavour, and it contains two of your 5-a-day!

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