The best vegetarian recipes are loaded with flavorful, colorful ingredients, not boring substitutes. Our editors have built the best vegetarian meals, starting with protein-packed ingredients like eggs, tofu, beans, and more, then adding delectable sauces, drool-inducing sides, and enough "Wow!" that you'll never miss the meat. Whether you have taken the full vegetarian plunge or just want to mix it up sans the meat once a week, these healthy, meatless main dishes will have you swooning. Just getting started? Try the Lentil-Barley Burger or the Phyllo Pizza and prepare to be amazed. Many of our best vegetarian recipes are highly customizable, so get ready to make them your own.
Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach and Pine Nuts
Gnocchi are small dumplings made most often from potato, flour, and egg. You might first experience it swimming in a rich tomato sauce, as is customary for this Italian pasta alternative. In this dish, however, we're keeping the sauce light but still fairly decadent. Browned butter is luxurious whenever it's used. In this lighter gnocchi recipe, it delivers earthy tasting notes, as do the pine nuts. Fresh spinach gently wilts under the heat of the freshly cooked gnocchi, which makes it perfectly tender. Look for whole-wheat gnocchi, like Gia Russa, in the pasta section of your grocery store.