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Dairy-Free Italian Dishes

Posted on February 24, 2016

From luscious, layered lasagnas to perfectly crisp pizzas to creamy Tiramisu, many Italian dishes have two things in common: 1. They’re delicious, and 2. They’re traditionally full of dairy. And while it’s totally acceptable while dining out to order a bowl of spaghetti without the parmesan, at home, we’re able to get a little more creative and whip up some seriously creamy, comforting and even cheesy dairy-free Italian dishes.

Here are some mouthwatering recipes, to help get you started:

Authentic Italian Chickpea Flat Bread

Flat Bread Recipe, from In Pursuit of More

Italy’s answer to the pita, this savory and satisfying flat bread made of chickpea flour is great as a snack or side dish. Try it topped with sautéed peppers or mushrooms, slathered with some Pesto à la Daiya, or as an accompaniment to a bowl of soup.

Pumpkin and Cashew “Ricotta” Stuffed Shells

Vegan Pasta Recipe, from My Darling Vegan

With its silky texture and mildly sweet flavor, puréed pumpkin is a natural fit for creamy comfort food. These stuffed shells offer a fun (and dairy-free) twist on a classic by adding some Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds, fresh garlic and cashew “ricotta” to the mix – and don’t forget the accompanying Sage Cream Sauce!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Eggplant “Parm”

Dairy-Free Eggplant Parm Recipe, from Dr. Samantha

We love a good Eggplant Parmesan, but not necessarily the dairy cheese that tops it. Instead, try swapping that out for cashew ricotta and Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds – and while you’re at it, skip the breading to make an allergy-friendly delight.

Vegan Lasagna with Ricotta Cheese

Vegan Lasagna Recipe, from Vegan Insanity (pictured)

Who says you can’t make a quality lasagna without dairy cheese? Follow this recipe and you’ll wind up with the savory, rich and creamy layers you’re craving – but without the dairy. (Hint: You’ll need a lot of Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds.)

Chocolate Manicotti

Manicotti Dessert Recipe, from Runnin Srilankan

Now, for dessert! A sweet version of a classic pasta dish, this one takes Manicotti shells and fills them with a combination of soaked cashews, almond milk, cocoa, and brown sugar. Top the entire thing with a luxurious chocolate sauce, and you’ve got an unforgettable dish.

Raw Vegan Tiramisu

Vegan Tiramisu Recipe, from This Rawsome Vegan Life

For many, an Italian feast isn’t complete without Tiramisu. This amazing rendition features a crust made of oats or nuts and raisins, gluten-free Ladyfingers, and a luscious cream of macadamia nuts, coconut and pure vanilla extract. Trust us, you’ll want to lick the plate clean.

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