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.
Tuscan White Bean Soup with Escarole
Hearty but not heavy, this brothy, chock-full–of–veggies soup is sure to satisfy. It features escarole, a mildly bitter green with heads that look like fluffy, ruffly-edged romaine lettuce. If you can’t find escarole, substitute an equal amount of coarsely chopped lacinato or red kale, Swiss chard, or spinach. We add a half-teaspoon of crushed red pepper to complement the greens and creamy Great Northern beans with a fair amount of heat; decrease the amount if you’re sensitive to spice. A chunk of Parmesan cheese rind simmers in the soup, contributing lots of richness and depth; you can substitute a tablespoon of white miso if you don’t have a cheese rind stashed in your fridge or freezer.