Cipolle Vegetariane {Vegetarian Onions}


This is another Italian dish that can be made a multitude of ways. Cipolle Vegetariane is Italian for Vegetarian Onions! Yes, you read right – Vegetarian Onions! Don’t get excited, I am after all serving them with my Pepper Encrusted Steaks! But they are just as fab on their own. They smell so divine while cooking. What’s not to like: onions, mushrooms, bell pepper. Oooh! So good.

I will say that hulling out the insides can be a bit tricky. PLEASE wait until the onions cool down otherwise you’ll be fussing up a storm. I prefer to do my fussing in Italian so that no one in the house understands – tee hee. I’m also known to the do same thing while driving, but don’t tell! Don’t want to lose my Principessa status!


As with everything, if you particularly like mushrooms add some more & cut back a bit on the onions. If you like it more bread-y, add some more breadcrumbs. It’s for you after all! I think I might actually add in a little bacon next time around. Because after all, doesn’t bacon make everything better?

What do you like to stuff your onions with?


What you’ll need:
4 large white onions – as close to the same size as possible
2 heaping tbsp of bread crumbs
1/4 cup mushrooms – diced
1/2 cup grated swiss cheese
1 red bell pepper – diced
4 tbsp unsalted butter – melted
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

What to do:
Preaheat oven to 350 degrees. Put on a large pot of water to boil. Peel the outer skin off of your onions, put them into the boiling water & cook for 15 minutes. Remove onions from water & allow them to cool for approx 5 min.

Cut off the tops of the onions & discard. Hull out the insides of the onions & set aside. Careful not to cut the outside or bottom.

Roughly chop the portion of the onion that you removed. Into a saute pan add the olive oil & heat over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot add the onions, pepper & mushrooms. Season well with s/p. Stir, cover & cook for approx 10 mins. Stirring every so often. Turn off the heat & add the bread crumbs. Stir to combine.

Spray an ovenproof casserole with cooking spray. Place your onion shells into casserole & stuff with filling. Sprinkle the tops with cheese & pour over melted butter. Cover your casserole dish with tinfoil & bake for approx 50 mins. Allow to cool for a bit before serving.

Buon Appetito!

Goes great with:

Pepper Encrusted Steak



  1. 1

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. It really was everything the title said
    I think its nice recipe & yummy .I really liked it

  2. 2

    ahhh LOVE ONIONS – great dish :)

    • 2.1

      Me too! Thanks so much! I’m sure it’s going to be on the table a lot this fall!

  3. 3

    Those look so good! Now if I could only get my family to eat them with me. :(

    • 3.1

      Thanks Kendra! They’re so sweet & tasty when they’re cooked like this! I bribe mine with dessert LOL

  4. 4

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

  5. 5

    Every single one of your recipes looks fabulous! I can’t wait to dig in and start cooking them! Thanks!

  6. 6

    Looks great, I love onions so much!

    • 6.1

      Thanks Angie! They’re so versatile! I always buy the biggest bag I can find & they never go bad in my house! I think I use onions as much as I do garlic & olive oil! LOL

  7. 7

    Looks good. Got to try this!

    • 7.1

      Thanks a bunch! I’ll def be making this again & again trying out new stuffing ideas :) They’re oh so sweet & tender.

  8. 8

    This looks so delicious! It would be interesting to do a Mexican version of this meal- maybe use a red onion and stuff it with chopped tomatoes, a little lime juice and cilantro then top with avocado and cheese…mmmm. Great recipe!

  9. 9
    Ryan Behr /

    This looks amazing, something I have never seen before. Going to try this soon

    • 9.1

      Thanks so much Ryan! I’m glad you’re going to try it soon! You can stuff them with just about anything so go ahead & get creative!

  10. 10
    Anne McCoy /

    You have a new devoted fan! I can’t wait to try this and many more of your recipes! Anne

  11. 11

    Ooooh! I love onions! This looks great!

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