Vegetable lasagna, creamy risotto, eggplant parmesan, tender gnocchi, hearty minestrone, and pastas galore -- there are so many Italian and Italian-American specialties for vegetarians to enjoy. Find our favorite meatless dishes here, and check out our collections of vegetarian lasagna and pasta recipes and pizza recipes as well.
This recipe is adapted from "Pasta Sfoglia," by Ron and Colleen Suhanosky (Wiley, 2009), which also has a recipe for preserved lemons. Serve this dish with nutcrackers, so that guests can work on their own crabs and lobster tails. The job can get messy, so have extra napkins on hand.
Legend has it that this savory recipe was a favorite of “ladies of the night” in Italy (the term “puttanesca” derives from “puttana,” the Italian word for “prostitute”), who quickly prepared and ate the dish between clients. Now, of course, it’s simply known as a flavorful meal that’s easy to make in just a few minutes.