Chef Fabio Viviani Does Meatless Monday Italian-Style

October 16th, 2017


Many people were introduced to Chef Fabio Viviani when he was a contestant on the Emmy-winning Bravo competition series Top Chef. His career began years before he became a Fan Favorite and has only flourished in the years since. This spring, Viviani released his latest cookbook, Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian: Over 100 Fabulous, Quick and Easy Recipes. As a friend and supporter of Meatless Monday he includes many meat-free recipes that are simple enough to make for the first dinner of the week.

Anyone familiar with Viviani knows that he isn’t merely a chef. Since gaining popularity on Top Chef, he has capitalized on his entrepreneurial spirit and sense of humor to bring his cuisine to as many people as possible, especially home cooks. While cultivating a successful career as a businessman, frequent television guest, and author, he has always focused on recipes that are attainable for anyone aspiring to cook at home (but perhaps a little intimidated by complicated recipes). In February, he launched his YouTube cooking show, “Fabio’s Kitchen,” which features several meat-free recipes that are designed to be easy to make in little time. He says:

“When my wife and I had our son Gage, our lives became really busy. I needed to learn how to make delicious food at home in a shorter amount of time. I wrote this cookbook to teach others how they can make meals in under 30 minutes. As a chef, I like cooking with meat but I also really like cooking with vegetables – it’s all about how you season the ingredients! The dishes we’re using for Meatless Monday are packed with flavor – and best of all they’re meat free!”

Meatless Monday is happy to bring some of Viviani’s delicious vegetarian recipes from Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian to your table. Here are a few of them:

Four-Mushroom Risotto with Parsley Salad and Sun-Dried Tomatoes


Oven-Roasted Pea Soup with Mint and Mascarpone Dressing


Blistered Sweet Pepper and Marinated Feta Salad with Arugula and Quinoa

Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian is available to purchase on Amazon.