43 Vegetarian Recipes Everyone Will Love

Going meatless? These hearty, veggie-packed dishes make it easy to put a flavorful meal on the table any night of the week.

June 24, 2022

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Living on the Veg

When you need to find vegetarian recipes, look no further. We have plenty of healthy meatless dishes, easy options and even vegan recipes that’ll satisfy you — and your whole family. You won’t need to worry about whether you’re getting enough protein, either; these dishes are loaded with plant-based proteins to keep you satiated. Make veggie burgers, a hearty vegetarian chili and even comfort food favorites, all without the meat! This kung pao cauliflower proves even traditionally meat-filled dishes can be made vegetarian and filled with flavor.

Get the Recipe: Kung Pao Cauliflower

BBQ Spaghetti Squash Sliders

Who needs meat to make a delicious slider? These vegetarian squash sliders are sweet, tangy and messy. If you can't find mini slider buns, slice hot dog buns into thirds.

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Crustless Caprese Quiche

The classic caprese salad — a composed arrangement of fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil — is as pretty as it is delicious (especially when tomatoes are at their peak). This creamy quiche brings all that to the table and more, for shockingly few calories.

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Chipotle-Inspired Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

This homemade take on Chipotle's sofritas is made from crumbled tofu simmered in a spicy poblano sauce. It's not just for vegetarians — even the meat-lovers in your life will find this dish hard to resist. Serve on its own (say, as a taco or burrito filling) or, as here, with brown rice, black beans and your favorite Chipotle toppings.

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Buckwheat Noodle Salad

Bobby uses filling buckwheat noodles as the base for his Asian-inspired cold salad.

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Braised Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

This super-easy weeknight dinner shows once and for all that braising isn't just for meat! Spicy, tender sweet potatoes simmer in a delicious sauce with stewed carrot pieces and slightly crisp kale. Perfect for vegans and carnivores alike, it's served with a sprinkle of crisp radish sticks and cilantro for a fresh finish.

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Vegetarian Enchiladas

These easy-to-make enchiladas are filled with beans, spinach and cheese. Serve them with rice on the side.

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Creamy Orzo with Mushrooms

Love risotto but hate all the stirring? This creamy pasta dish is an ideal shortcut for any risotto lover looking for a quick and cheesy vegetarian version.

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Whole Cauliflower Wellington

Herb-butter roasted cauliflower gets a golden puff pastry blanket — the perfect main dish for vegetarians or cauliflower lovers.

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Vegetarian Chili

Let the slow cooker do all the work with easy vegetarian chili, complete with four different types of beans.

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Cauliflower Parmesan

This delicious, hearty cauliflower parm doesn't skimp on the flavor and will satisfy everyone, from vegetarians to the most die-hard carnivore.

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Mum's Everyday Red Lentils

People might think lentils aren't very exciting but Aarti's colorful version explodes with flavor.

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The fritters come out of the fryer super crisp and perfectly seasoned. Stuffed in a warm pita with lots of veggies, a drizzle of tahini and a dash of hot sauce, they make for a wonderful weeknight dinner.

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Chickpea Stew

This dish combines the warm spices commonly found in Moroccan tagines in a comforting vegetarian stew. The roasted kale and chickpeas add texture and a pleasant bite that serve as counterpoints to the caramelized onions and sweet carrots. We love to finish it with a sprinkle of Aleppo pepper or hot paprika.

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Vegetarian Chicken-Fried Portobello Mushroom Steaks

Attention, vegetarians! You don't have to miss out on a classic blue-plate special any longer. Our mushroom version has the exact same breading used for chicken-fried steak (it works great), and we fry it until it's golden and crispy. Be generous with our flavor-packed veggie gravy (you can make it ahead and freeze it for up to a month).

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Portobello Parmesan

Mix up your usual eggplant Parmesan by swapping in large portobello mushrooms instead. They're meaty and can be dredged in flour just like eggplant.

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Pomegranate and Tahini

Whether you want a vegan-friendly main course for an upcoming dinner party, or a new method for cooking one of your favorite veggies, this cauliflower fits the bill. Inspired by Eyal Shani's world-famous whole roasted baby cauliflower served at his Miznon restaurants, we seasoned a head with cumin and coriander for a subtle hint of spice, then made a nutty tahini sauce for drizzling over the top. Fresh green herbs and tart ruby pomegranate seeds add a pop of color and flavor to this impressive dish.

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Vegan Chickpea Crab Cakes

All the flavors are here-Old Bay, lemon and that distinct brininess-but there's no crab in sight with these cakes. Instead, chickpeas stand in for shellfish, and they are just as satisfying.

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Charred Tomato Gazpacho

Charring tomatoes only takes a few minutes and adds a smoky depth of flavor to this twist on the traditional cold soup.

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Frittata With Asparagus, Tomato and Fontina

Giada's frittata is a versatile choice for a vegetarian brunch, snack or dinner. It can be served hot or cold.

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Sweet Potato Lasagna

Sweet potatoes sub in for lasagna noodles in this twist on the classic, while spinach adds a pop of color (and plenty of nutrition). The result is a hearty and satisfying main dish that just happens to be vegetarian and gluten-free too!

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Agnolotti With Artichoke Sauce

This easy recipe relies on frozen artichoke hearts, frozen peas and store-bought agnolotti to save you time on dinner prep.

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Vegetarian Skillet Chili Topped with Cornbread

A hearty chili made with butternut squash and fluffy cornbread come together in this single-skillet meal. Serve with extra sour cream and pickled jalapenos on the side for topping.

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Beet Reuben

Sweet beets get rolled in a pastrami-inspired spice rub for a quick, vegetarian version of this classic deli favorite.

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Mini Mac and 'Shrooms

Make a grown-up version of macaroni and cheese by using Brie and pecorino plus some meaty wild mushrooms.

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Chile Cheese Casserole

This breakfast dish was inspired by the Mexican dish of chilaquiles. By using baked tortilla chips, a mixture of eggs and egg whites and just a bit of sharp cheddar and pepper Jack, the fat is low while the flavor is high.

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Vegetarian Pad Thai

No meat? No problem! This takeout standard comes together quickly and hits all the sweet, sour and umami notes of the classic dish.

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Tofu-Vegetable Stir-Fry

This substantial stir-fry is full of Asian-inspired ingredients. Serve over fluffy rice and top with a soy-based sauce.

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Seven-Layer Vegetarian Greek Dip

Grab a plate, scoop and then dip. Squeezing out the vegetables before you assemble this dip removes any extra moisture, so your layers stay in place. Make the day before and refrigerate to save time on game day.

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Three-Cheese Macaroni

This macaroni and cheese uses more than Muenster, cheddar, and Parmesan; stir in cauliflower florets to get your veggies, too.

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Spicy Vegan Sloppy Joes

Mushrooms make these kicked-up sloppy joes ultra-meaty. But there's no meat here, making this vegan sandwich one of the lightest sloppy joes you'll probably every make.

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Vegetarian Lasagna

You will never miss the meat in this vegetarian lasagna, with its hearty sauce of tomatoes, onions and carrots layered with spinach and creamy ricotta cheese. It's a comfort classic your family will love.

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Vegetarian Spinach-Walnut Pate

The words "vegetarian," "pate" and "caviar" don't necessarily go together, but this creamy, flavor-packed appetizer spreads like pate, and the tart bursts of pomegranate seeds are a little like caviar. This vegetarian (in fact, vegan) dish is inspired by the country of Georgia's dish pkhali, a spinach spread that can also be made with beets or mushrooms.

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Tofu Tacos

Brush tofu with taco seasoning for this vegetarian-friendly recipe that gets great texture from the addition of homemade coleslaw.

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Penne With Spinach Sauce

Giada's penne is a no-fuss side dish and salad in one. Add a touch of goat cheese and some cream cheese to spinach for a smooth and tangy sauce.

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Roasted Zucchini Flatbread With Hummus, Arugula, Goat Cheese and Almonds

Scoop hummus onto toasted pita bread and top with roasted zucchini, arugula and some chopped almonds for crunch.

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Spinach Lasagna With Mushroom Ragu

Make a ragu sauce with porcini, portobello and shiitake mushrooms and layer it into lasagna with cheese, pasta and spinach.

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Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese

Giada uses whole wheat pasta — which will fill you up quickly — for this dish that gets a kick from crushed red pepper flakes.

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Grilled Portobello Burger With Onion Jam

Horseradish and homemade onion jam make this vegetables-only burger a gourmet dinner option.

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Quinoa Salad With Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Olives

Bobby's alternative to a traditional pasta salad as a summer side dish is this quinoa salad that's full of grilled asparagus and creamy goat cheese.

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Warm Farro Salad

Farro is a type of wheat that is both nutty and moist. Roasted butternut squash and tomatoes are great complements to it in this grain-filled salad.

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Curried Potatoes and Chickpeas

Curry powder is the key to great flavor in this mixture of potatoes and chickpeas. Top with a cooling sauce made from Greek yogurt, cilantro and lime juice.

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Sheet Pan Vegetarian Chili with Cheesy Cornbread Biscuits

Our favorite kitchen hack when the temperature starts dropping? Making chili on a sheet pan instead of standing over the stovetop. In this meat-free version, sweet potatoes and cauliflower are broiled with spices and bulked up with black beans and canned tomatoes. Topped with from-scratch cornbread biscuits studded with corn and cheese, this one-pan dinner hits every note.

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