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9 Essential Vegetables for Italian Cooking

From artichokes to portobello mushrooms, we’ve rounded up types of Italian vegetables and recipes to show you the produce-forward side of Italy.

group of whole artichokes

If you stop at pizza, pasta, salumi and cheese when you think of Italian food, you might be missing out on some of Italy’s best contributions to the table. Italian-inspired methods of cooking truly celebrate ingredients and coax out the best flavors from them, from the peppery bite of fresh arugula to the bitter-to-sweet transformation of broccoli rabe. We’ve rounded up our favorite types of Italian vegetables here, plus some recipe suggestions to use them in sides, salads, mains and more.

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