When entering into a vegetarian lifestyle or simply looking to go meatless a few nights out of the week, it is important to remember the value of protein to a well-balanced diet. Our vegetarian recipes are full of flavor and provide tasty meatless options without sacrificing the nutrients your body needs.
In one of our favorite mushroom and pasta dishes, Pappardelle with Mushrooms, truffle oil is used to impart rich, earthy flavor and complement the savory porcini mushrooms. Leftover oil also serves as a great dressing for a small side salad to accompany the meal.
Supercrunch Tofu Tacos
Pickled daikon radishes and carrots plus a spicy Sriracha sauce set these Asian-inspired tacos apart. Pan-sautéed cashews lend meaty crunch to this vegetarian dish.
Penne with Herbs, Tomatoes, and Peas
Our Penne with Herbs, Tomatoes, and Peas is an ideal dish for entertaining or to serve to company, this pasta dish is full of only the freshest flavors of the season.
Grilled Veggie and Hummus Wraps
Make the most of summer's fresh vegetables and grilling by preparing these meatless wraps to take along on a picnic. Serve with a side of potato or pasta salad.
This perfect version of a classic Italian meatless dinner, Parmigiana, will quickly become a family favorite. Add a glass of vino for a Sicilian-style date night or a scoop of gelato for a kid-friendly Italian night.
Soba Noodles with Miso-Glazed Tofu and Vegetables
Soba noodles lose about 80% of their sodium when cooked in unsalted water. Rinse and drain the soba thoroughly after cooking to remove any lingering salt.
Fried Chickpea and Arugula Pita Sandwiches with Lime Tzatziki
With flavors reminiscent of a falafel, these pita sandwiches take less work, are tasty with lots of texture, and an easy weeknight meal to put together.
Gruyere-spiked Bechamel drapes over the noodles and squash to give this dish velvety richness. Hearty, earthy kale perfectly balances the sweet squash, and crunchy, toasted pecans crown the top of this luscious lasagna.
Linguine with Spinach-Herb Pesto
Here is a lovely twist on beloved pesto for spring. Baby spinach takes the place of most of the basil to give the sauce an earthy flavor. The thick, emerald sauce beautifully coats the flat noodles and serves up big flavor in every forkful.
Veggie and Tofu Stir-Fry
Our meatless stir-fry gives you that delicious seared, slightly smoky taste that you enjoy in a good Chinese restaurant, but are the results from your own wok.
Fresh lasagna noodles offer silky texture without the work of making your own pasta. Here we cut the sheets into thick noodles. Sub pappardelle or fettuccine, if necessary.
Chickpea Curry with Basmati Rice
Look for garam masala–an Indian blend–in the spice aisle; Spice Islands and McCormick make it.
Fettuccine with Seared Tomatoes, Spinach, and Burrata
Don't skimp on the oil: There's a good bit here, but it creates a gorgeous tomato sauce that coats the noodles nicely. Burrata is rich, delicious fresh mozzarella cheese filled with cream. Although it was originally a hard-to-find imported Italian ingredient, now Bel Gioioso (an American cheese producer) makes and sells it in the gourmet cheese section at many major supermarkets.
Korean Chilled Buckwheat Noodles with Chile Sauce
This dish is most popular in the summer but delicious year-round. Korean naengmyun noodles are made from wheat and buckwheat and are wonderfully chewy; Japanese soba is an adequate substitute but lacks the chewy texture. Because of the noodles' firm texture, the dish comes to the table with scissors, and you are to snip a few times and then mix everything together after enjoying the initial presentation.
Ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella combine to give this lasagna an irresistible gooey factor. Store-bought tomato sauce offers convenience and is perked up with a little fresh basil, garlic, and ground red pepper.
Cheesy Penne with Broccoli
Any short pasta can be substituted here—rotini and farfalle are good choices.
Eggs with Chickpeas, Spinach, and Tomato
If you can find them, use farm-fresh eggs to make this quick one-skillet supper really shine.
Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli and Nuts
Kids like the chewy gnocchi, sweet broccoli, and crunchy nuts. Look for shelf-stable packaged gnocchi with the dried pasta. To cut costs, swap in chopped almonds or pecans for pine nuts. Spinach, cauliflower florets, or green beans would also work nicely here. If you use spinach, simply stir it in when you add the cooked gnocchi to the skillet.
Spanish Potato and Spinach Tortilla with Red Pepper Sauce
Shake the pan gently while the egg and potato mixture cooks to help prevent the omelet from sticking.
Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing
This tasty and colorful salad gets a spicy kick from its dressing, which includes chili powder and ground red pepper.
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Spinach Pesto
Our recipe uses supermarket wonton wrappers to create a shortcut weeknight ravioli treat.
Creamy Butternut, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Cavatappi
Cavatappi pasta offers a fun element to an easy weeknight dish. Full of exquisite flavors from the walnut and blue cheese, this dish offers a pleasant palate of tastes and textures.
Wild Mushroom Pizza with Truffle Oil
Truffle oil takes this pizza from fine to sublime. In a pinch, extravirgin olive oil will work, too.
Golden Beet, Greens, and Potato Torta
Sophisticated and delicious—make this tall, flaky pie the centerpiece of the table.
Spiced Lentils and Poached Eggs
Quick, healthy, and delightful, flavorful lentils mix well with poached eggs for a quick and easy meatless meal option.
Cavatappi with Browned Brussels Sprouts and Buttery Breadcrumbs
Cut the sprouts lengthwise to keep their shape, about four slices per sprout. They'll be thin enough to get a deep caramelized sear quickly but still keep a good crunch.
Creamy Four-Cheese Macaroni
There's something about the way plain old macaroni cooks to a soft, silky texture that enhances the creaminess of this dish. Each hollow noodle gets coated inside and out with luscious sauce. Although we rarely use processed cheese, here it's the key to a super creamy texture that does not rely on heavy cream.
Jungle Curry with Tofu
This Thai-style curry is free of coconut milk and shines with late-summer produce.
Tunisian Brik-Style Eggs
Tucked inside crisp, flaky phyllo dough pastry are tender potato chunks and a perfectly cooked egg.
Tomato and Mozzarella Risotto
Be sure you test the rice to make sure it’s cooked—you may need a little more vegetable broth if it’s not.
Red Lentil Dal with Carrot Salad and Coriander Flatbreads
This is basically an all-out assault on the bulk bins, as well as our modern take on the rice-and-beans dinner. Spices, dried lentils, and rice are cheap ingredients, especially when you buy in these small quantities. Chiles are also a thrifty flavor booster; you should be able to score the two here for a nickel. Your vegetable peeler will get you nice carrot ribbons.
Tomato and Asparagus "Carbonara"
Toss the pasta and vegetables immediately after cooking. The heat from the pasta will cook the egg, thickening it into a light, creamy sauce.
Spinach and Onion Pizza
Purchase one pound of pizza dough and use most of it here; the rest becomes grilled flatbreads for other meatless dishes.
Mushroom Lentil Burgers
Make homemade veggie burgers in a snap with precooked lentils. We like the black beluga variety from Archer Farms, with no added salt. Brown lentils can be substituted but tend to be more moisture-dense and may require additional breadcrumbs to help bind the burgers.
Black Bean Cakes
Here's an entire meal, ready in less than 20 minutes. For firmer yolks, cook eggs for 5 minutes instead of 4.
Zucchini and Caramelized Onion Quiche
Silky caramelized onions, which you can cook on the weekend, flavor this beautifully simple dish. Use a mandoline to quickly turn zucchini into a pile of superthin slices.
Tomato, Squash, and Red Pepper Gratin
Sometimes, the best "steak" comes in the form of ripe, juicy beefsteak tomato slices, as in this easy gratin. Serve with a salad of fresh summer greens.
Grilled Eggplant and Tofu Steaks with Sticky Hoisin Glaze
We turned up the flavor with this Chinese-style barbecue dish. This vegetarian dish captures the essence of great barbecue without relying on meat.
Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic
Height-of-summer tomatoes burst with flavor and need little embellishment to create a spectacular dish. Churning the oil into boiling liquid emulsifies the mixture, yielding a creamy sauce that coats.
Grilled Vegetable and Fontina Pizza
This grilled veggie pizza is a gorgeous medley of red pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, red onion, and sweet basil. Also consider orange, yellow, or purple sweet peppers such as Merlot, Golden Treasures, or Canary Bell. With refrigerated fresh pizza dough and a few minutes on the grill, dinner is on the table in no time.
Summer Veggie Rice Bowl
Fresh tomatoes, zucchini, basil, and toasted pine nuts bring this rice salad to life. Serve it with 1 pound roasted fresh green beans.
Tarts are a spectacular treat, but also a creamy, cheesy calorie and sat-fat bomb. Ours is meat-free and cream-free, making it delightfully light, but olives add satisfying richness.
Chinese Noodle Salad with Sesame Dressing
This simple dinner comes together in a flash by using packaged, trimmed snap peas from the produce department.
Baked Tomatoes with Quinoa, Corn, and Green Chiles
These tomatoes are stuffed full with healthy quinoa, fresh corn, poblano chiles, and lots of shredded cheese. Fresh lime juice adds a burst of citrus freshness.
Summer Squash and Ricotta Galette
Here's a fantastic crust that you can swap in for a standard butter-based one. You can make the dough in advance, and chill until ready to use.
Peanut-Crusted Tofu Tacos with Tangy Slaw
Give traditional tacos a run for their money with these tofu tacos. This vegetarian dish may be the one to convert non-tofu eaters in your house.
Three-Cheese White Pizza with Spinach
Fresh garlic slices are baked atop this creamy pizza. The spinach is kept fresh by adding it to the pizza toward the end of cooking. The higher quality the ricotta cheese, the creamier and more delicious the pizza; we prefer Calabro brand.
Vegetarian Benedicts with Thyme Sabayon
Fresh thyme is a welcome addition to this frothy, egg- and wine-based sauce called sabayon. Substitute curly kale for lacinato kale, if desired.
Fresh Tomato-Feta Pizza
If olives are a deal breaker, leave them off; the pizza is still yummy.
Vegetable and Rice Burritos with Quesadilla Cheese
Most grocery stores have a refrigerated section of Mexican cheeses; look for quesadilla cheese there. Use the more commonly found crumbly queso fresco if quesadilla cheese is not available, or opt for melty Monterey Jack. Warming tortillas prior to adding your filling will help keep the tortillas from tearing or cracking during the rolling process—a must-do step for perfect burritos.
Hummus "Cheesesteak" Hoagies
Made with yellow onion, red bell pepper, poblano chile, and provolone cheese, these vegetarian sandwiches are very hearty and fillling.
This vegetarian eggplant entree features thin slices of eggplant filled with a herbed cheese mixture, tomato sauce, and a cheesey topping.
For a light supper and an unforgettable taste of the season, try this stunning galette that pairs baby artichokes with peppery radishes.
This pasta dish is ready in just 18 minutes. The recipe starts with refrigerated fresh pasta, which cooks in about two minutes. The texture is deliciously different: more delicate, with a slightly springy bounce.
Blue Cheese Polenta with Vegetables
Savory blue cheese polenta topped with delicious veggies makes for a comforting and satisfying meal.
Radishes are an excellent vegetable to slice for salads or use as a stuffing, as seen here in our delicious pita recipe. Serve this easy-to-make sandwich with another spring favorite: steamed sugar snap peas.
Tempeh and Broccolini Stir-Fry
Streamline your stir-frying process by prepping all ingredients before you start cooking. For a whole-grain base, use brown rice.
Mushroom and Root Vegetable Potpie
To make these pot pies ahead, prepare according to the recipe instructions, but wait to bake until you are ready to eat. If you freeze these, allow them to thaw before you pop them in the oven.
Butternut Squash and Smoky Black Bean Salad
You'll find chipotle chiles canned in adobo sauce on the Latin food aisle. Use just the sauce here; reserve chiles for another use.
Vegetable "Meat" Loaf
Vegetarians and carnivores alike will love this ingenious twist on meat loaf. The meaty-flavored, umami-rich recipe received our Test Kitchen's highest rating. Ordinarily you wouldn't pack a meat loaf into the pan, but since we're using a vegetable mixture, you will to make sure it holds together.
Tuscan White Bean Soup with Escarole
Don't toss those rinds from Parmesan or other hard cheeses; store in the freezer, and simmer in soup for added richness and flavor.
Tofu Steaks with Shiitakes and Veggies
This quick vegetarian entrée is full of flavor and rich vegetables. Piercing the tofu with a fork allows the tofu to absorb the sesame oil and soy sauce, making it more flavorful.
Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Spinach Lasagna
This vegetarian pasta dish is sure to please every palate at your dinner table.
Baked Mac and Cheese
This baked macaroni and cheese casserole contains three different types of cheeses and a topping of crisp breadcrumbs. This dish has plenty of protein for a meat-free main dish.
Mexican Stuffed Poblanos
This vegetarian dish is so hearty, it will even satisfy an avid meat-eater. Poblano chiles are stuffed with beans and veggies and smothered with cheese for a Mexican dish you will adore.
Grilled Gruyère and Olive Tapenade Sandwiches
You can easily shave thin slices of cheese in a snap using an inexpensive kitchen tool: a vegetable peeler. This is a perfect technique for many hard cheeses like Gruyère.
Market Salad with Goat Cheese and Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette
Fresh herbs make all the difference in this versatile dressing. Try it on any combination of greens and vegetables from your local farmers' market.
Tempeh Greek Salad Wraps
These wraps are full of delicious fresh flavor. Summertime, or anytime, this will be your new go-to. Serve with pita chips.
Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Penne Salad with Goat Cheese
Make an upscale pasta salad that’s company worthy by combining penne pasta, roasted asparagus, tomato, arugula, herbes de Provence, and goat cheese and tossing with a lemony vinaigrette. Serve immediately or cover and chill for 2 hours for a cold pasta salad.
Grilled Farmers' Market Sandwiches
The stack of grilled eggplant, red onion, and zucchini are quite a mouthful but still tasty to eat.
Paella with Soy Chorizo and Edamame
Paella is a rice dish that hails from the Valencia region on the east coast of Spain. If Valencia rice is not available, use Arborio rice, but be sure not to stir the dish too much because paella is not meant to be creamy like a risotto.
Lemongrass Tofu Banh Mi
The bread and Vietnamese filling—carrot and radish, cilantro, mayonnaise, and cucumber—are traditional in this vegetarian take on the classic. Prepare mayonnaise mixture and toast bread while the tofu and vegetable mixture marinate.
Artichoke and Goat Cheese Strata
To make ahead, prepare through step 2, cover, and chill. Before baking, let bread mixture stand at room temperature 10 minutes while the oven preheats. Then assemble and bake. The cook time will increase by about 10 minutes. Garnish with parsley.
Pan-Crisped Tofu with Greens and Peanut Dressing
Sautéing tofu cubes for this recipe gives them a nice firm texture and caramelized flavor.
Fontal Polenta with Mushroom Sauté
This vegetarian dish is luxurious enough for entertaining, and quick enough for weeknight ease.
Roasted Cauliflower Pasta
Fruity, briny olives add meaty flavor to this meatless one-dish meal.
Grilled Tofu with Ratatouille Vegetables
This attractive barbecue dish combines the vegetables of the famous Provençal stew with meaty grilled tofu. If you don't care to use the wine, use an additional 1/2 cup of vegetable broth.
Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce, Asparagus, and Peas
Citrus flavors and fresh vegetables brighten this meatless pasta recipe. Leftovers pack nicely for work or school.
Bajane is a Provençal term for the midday meal. Chickpeas are a staple in Provence, where they are often stewed and served with pasta and vegetables. In this version, chickpeas, leeks, carrots, fennel, and spinach are served atop protein-rich quinoa.
Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti
Make a quick fresh tomato sauce for this meatless pasta recipe by roasting cherry tomatoes and adding basil, parsley, and goat cheese to the dish.
Curried Vegetable Samosas with Cilantro-Mint Chutney
Spicy, herby chutney complements the delicately seasoned samosas.
Lentil-Barley Burgers with Fiery Fruit Salsa
Use leftover cooked pearl barley with lentils, veggies, and seasoning for a hearty main-dish burger, sans the bun. Fruit salsa adds bright flavors. Serve with lime wedges for added zest.
Baked Vegetable Lasagna
Don't press out extra water from the tofu for this recipe; that way, the cheesy layer will remain moist and creamy.
Potato, Turnip, and Spinach Baeckeoffe
Translated from the Germanic Alsatian dialect, baeckeoffe means "baker's oven," as it was traditionally a dish that was brought to the local baker to cook in his oven. Classic versions are loaded with meat, but our vegetarian riff is equally hearty and rich.
Chipotle Bean Burritos
Add guacamole and chips to this hearty vegetarian dish for an easy Mexican meal.
Corn and Chile Quesadillas
Corn, shiitakes, and aged cheese bring meaty umami flavor to this dish. If you can't find fresh Anaheim chiles, substitute about 1/4 cup chopped canned green chiles.
Korean-Inspired Sautéed Tofu
Draining and pressing the tofu yields a crisp crust when pan-fried; it also helps the tofu absorb more flavor from the zesty pan sauce.
Red Lentil-Rice Cakes with Simple Tomato Salsa
Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, these salsa-topped, red-lentil rice cakes make a lovely vegetarian entrée.
Goat Cheese Tamales with Olives and Raisins
A couple of these meatless, sweet-savory tamales make a nice entrée with a salad or black beans. To make these tamales vegetarian, prepare the Basic Masa Dough with vegetable shortening instead of lard.
Arugula Pizza with Poached Eggs
You can also try using fresh dough. Look to your local pizzeria for homemade dough, as many will sell theirs for only a few dollars.
Rice Noodle Salad
Wide rice noodles are great for stir-fries and cook better when broken into shorter lengths. Soften in hot water, and stir-fry as directed. If unavailable, substitute linguine or fettuccine.
Gemelli Salad with Green Beans, Pistachios, and Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette
Haricots verts are thin, tender green beans. If you can't find them, use trimmed regular green beans, but add them to the pasta after 8 minutes of cooking since they'll take longer to cook. You can make the salad ahead, but dress it just before serving so the beans don't turn drab.
Grilled Portobello and Poblano Tacos with Pico de Gallo
These tacos are fresh and delicious thanks to an all-star list of ingredients. Say goodbye to standard tacos and hello to a new favorite.
Fingerling Potato-Leek Hash with Swiss Chard and Eggs
To trim Swiss chard for this main dish, pull or cut the stems out of the leaves. Learn how to prepare Swiss chard in 4 simple steps.
White Bean and Hominy Chili
Vegetarian chipotle sausage packs quite a punch, adding savory depth to the entire pot.
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tamales with Tomatillo Sauce
Not your average tamale–this recipe calls for a unique combination of black beans and sweet potatoes that will serve up an unforgettable dinner dish.
Golden Beet Pasta with Basil-Almond Pesto
This bright, earthy springtime pasta dish uses the entire beet–stems, leaves, and all.
Spinach-Feta Calzone Casserole
This updated, one-dish casserole is a cross between a vegetarian calzone and the classic Greek dish spanakopita.
Fall Vegetable Curry
Four-Cheese Stuffed Shells with Smoky Marinara
This dish goes straight from the freezer to oven - no thawing required. The fire-roasted tomatoes in the marinara sauce give the dish a subtle smoky flavor. You can also easily vary the filling by adding basil or oregano and a different cheese. (We tried fontina instead of mozzarella and threw in some arugula for a peppery bite.) Make some garlic bread and a green salad and dinner's on.