20 Comforting Vegetarian Recipes to Add to Your Plant-Based Dinner Rotation
It can sometimes be challenging to find new cozy, comforting main-course vegetarian meals to add to the dinner rotation. We're here to help infuse your usual mealtime routine with a number of options for flavorful, gorgeous vegetarian dishes. Best of all, these meat-free dinner recipes are also impressive enough for casual entertaining when you're hosting friends or family who don't eat meat.
How to go about adding some new vegetarian dinner recipes to your repertoire, you ask? Start by thinking about what your usual dinner recipes are missing. Looking for more one-pot meals? The beautiful Cannellini Beans and Greens Stew that's pictured here is a surefire winner, and the fact that it's vegetarian makes it even more appealing. It's a true one-pot wonder: Even the garlic toasts served on the side are made in the same skillet as the beautiful stew.
Another option is to serve vegetarian twists on the dishes you know and love. Turn your usual gnocchi into your new favorite baked pasta with our Baked Gnocchi with Ricotta and Marinara recipe. Looking for a twist on risotto? Ditch the stirring and try baking risotto instead—our Butternut Squash Baked Risotto is the perfect starting point. The best part about it is that you'll realize that you can bake this traditional rice and still get the lovely creamy texture you expect with far less work. Traditionally, risotto is made with a short-grain rice, such as Arborio. This recipe uses barley instead of rice for a nice change.
Delight friends and family with these Vegan Meatballs made with rice, lentils, and mushrooms. You can stir them into marinara sauce and pile over spaghetti, stuff them into sandwiches, or turn them into Swedish meatballs served over buttered noodles. The options truly are endless. And, while we're on the topic of vegetarian takes on Italian classics, we'd be remiss not to mention lasagna. Our rich Mushroom-Eggplant Lasagna is made with three kinds of cheese as well as umami packed cremini mushrooms and silky eggplant for a hearty dish that even devout omnivores will be thrilled by.
These many dishes will help you bring a little variety to the vegetarian dishes you bring to your table, regardless of whether you are a vegetarian or are simply honoring Meatless Monday.
Spring Ragout with Asparagus and Poached Eggs
For the ultimate springtime vegetarian dinner, turn to this one-pot recipe that's packed with asparagus, spinach, plenty of cilantro, and both chickpeas and poached eggs for protein.
Barley Risotto Mushrooms and Dill
Cannellini-Bean and Greens Stew
This comforting, healthy stew can be made with just about any greens you find at the grocery store, or even a combination of a few different types. The sage adds a lovely flavor, but if you are not a fan, fresh thyme sprigs would be a fine substitute.
Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie
Lentils and cremini mushrooms are combined with the traditional carrots and peas to make the hearty filling for this delicious vegetarian take on the traditional British potato-topped meat pie.
Three types of cheeses, meaty cremini mushrooms, and umami-rich eggplant make this a super satisfying vegetarian take on a classic baked pasta. Using no boil noodles streamlines the prep.
Spinach and Gruyére Soufflè
Sometimes you just need a soufflé. This elegant recipe with sautéed spinach, melted Gruyère cheese, and breadcrumbs is especially gorgeous and totally delicious.
Everyone loves a good bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, whether they're beef- or vegetable-based. Try this variation with lentils, brown rice, and mushrooms.
Baked Gnocchi with Ricotta and Marinara
Potato, cheese, and tomato sauce: Is there a more perfect combination? Use the broiler for this melty, cheesy dinner.
Acorn Squash with Mixed-Grain Stuffing
This elegant, hearty vegetarian entrée not only tastes as good as it looks, but both the roasted squash and the stuffing, made with mushrooms, wheatberries, and millet, can be made ahead, too. Just combine them and heat through when you want to eat.
Vegetarian French Onion Soup
Liven up your soup life with this vegetarian twist on the classic French onion recipe—it uses mushrooms for deep flavor.
Roasted Cherry Tomato Clafoutis
This garlicky clafoutis will be your new go-to vegetarian dinner. It's packed with protein and made all the more flavorful with a splash of coconut milk.
California-Style Veggie Burgers
These are our favorite veggie burgers. Not only are they healthy and hearty, made with bulgur, pinto beans, and shiitake mushrooms, but they also hold together when eaten and have a satisfyingly crunchy exterior.
Butternut Squash Baked Risotto
This revolutionary risotto cooks in the oven, not on the stovetop, leaving you free while it bakes. Packed with winter squash, kale, shallots, and a little cheese, it's just right for a casual dinner party—guests will thank you whether they're vegetarians or not.
Squash, Sage, and Ricotta Cannelloni
Butternut squash, shallots, sage, nutmeg, ricotta: The flavors of this cannelloni blend perfectly together for a cozy yet refined and totally crave-worthy vegetarian meal that will satisfy even the pickiest eater.
Warm up with a bowl of tomato-based chili that cooks in just 35 minutes. It's full of beans, zucchini, and all the flavors of a spicy chili—sans meat.
Spinach-Feta Pizza Slab Pie
Who doesn't love pizza or slab pie? This easy entrée brings these two favorites together: Store-bought pizza dough is the base for this greens-and-cheese packed pie. We love it served for warming dinner with ratatouille.
Freekeh with Roasted Butternut Squash, Seared Kale, and Caramelized Onion Jam
Protein-rich freekeh, young wheat berries that have been sun-dried and roasted, are beautiful in this warm salad.
Bold Beet Pasta with Ricotta
Whole-grain spaghetti gets striking color from a quick toss with beets. Sun-dried tomatoes lend the sauce a caramelized sweetness that will leave everyone speechless.