Vegetarian Main Course Recipes

If you think vegetarian recipes are limited to just the same old salads, think again. Whether you’re a full-time vegetarian or simply looking to avoid meat for a little while, there are lots of choices. Pasta is always a good option, especially when covered in vegetables or stuffed with cheese. Curries are also often vegetarian-friendly. You can even make vegetables the star of the show if you give them a good roast. With these 29 amazing vegetarian recipes, you won’t think twice about skipping the meat.

Cashew Curry

This rich yellow curry, adapted from chefs Jerome La’Brooy and Nishad Jaya­wardena of Asylum restaurant, is best served as an accompaniment. Get the recipe for Cashew Curry »

Indian Veggie Burgers (Vada Pav)

Indian Veggie Burgers (Vada Pav)

These starchy sandwiches are a popular beachside snack in Mumbai. Fluffy Goan-style white rolls are filled with a crispy fried potato patty, sweet and spicy chutneys, and a garlicky powdered chile-coconut condiment. Get the recipe for Indian Veggie Burgers (Vada Pav) »

Chickpea Tofu Salad (Burmese Salad with Shan Tofu)

Chickpea Tofu Salad (Burmese Salad with Shan Tofu)

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini

Maitake Mushrooms with Red Chiles and Cilantro

Maitake Mushrooms with Red Chiles and Cilantro

Pepper Pot Soup

This vegetarian soup, a Jamaican classic, is made with callaloo, a spinach-like green that can be found canned or fresh in Caribbean groceries. Serve with minced fresh Scotch bonnet chiles sprinkled on top for extra heat. Get the recipe for Pepper Pot Soup »

Roasted Moong Dal with Spinach

Roasted Moong Dal with Spinach

Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves With Rice and Herbs (Dolmadakia)

Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves With Rice and Herbs (Dolmadakia)

Dolmakadia, the Greek word for stuffed grape leaves, is one of the most iconic recipes of Greek cuisine and, although there are many varieties, the meatless version is the most common. In the warmer months, try to find and use fresh grape leaves; they are more tender and flavorful than the jarred types. Out of season, jarred leaves are a fine substitute (we prefer the Orlando brand). Get the recipe for Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves With Rice and Herbs (Dolmadakia) »

Okroshka (Chilled Buttermilk Soup with Herbs) Recipe

Okroshka (Chilled Buttermilk Soup with Herbs)

This take on okroshka, a classic summer soup named after the Russian word kroshit, meaning “to crumble” uses tangy kefir or buttermilk as a base and is filled with heaps of torn fresh herbs. Grated horseradish and spicy mustard add a gentle backnote to the soup. If you can’t find quail eggs or don’t have the patience to peel them, hard-boil chicken eggs and cut them into quarters. Get the recipe for Chilled Buttermilk Soup with Herbs (Okroshka) »

Swiss Chard Anzelottos  with Pomodoro Sauce

Swiss Chard Anzelottos with Pomodoro Sauce

From the tortelli family, anzelottos are rectangles often with ridged edges. “They’re made with a thicker, bright white dough of plain semola flour and hot water, which penetrates the proteins in the rustic flour more easily,” chef Evan Funke of Felix in Los Angeles says. Get the recipe for Swiss Chard Anzelottos with Pomodoro Sauce »

Spaghettoni with Jasmine, Saffron, and Chamomile

Spaghettoni with Jasmine, Saffron, and Chamomile

These floral, buttery noodles from chef Antonia Klugmann at L’Argine a Vencò can be infused using either fresh or dried flowers. Steep the flowers in the butter and pasta cooking water in advance if desired, and reheat when ready to use. Any tubular pasta like bucatini or spaghetti, cooked al dente, will work. Get the recipe for Spaghettoni with Jasmine, Saffron, and Chamomile »

Potato and Cheese Tortelli with Porcini Mushrooms

Potato and Cheese Tortelli with Porcini Mushrooms

Rajma (North Indian Kidney Bean Masala Stew

Rajma (North Indian Kidney Bean Masala Stew

Coconut Beluga Lentils
Persian Herbed Frittatas with Fenugreek (Kookoo Sabzi)

Persian Herbed Frittatas with Fenugreek (Kookoo Sabzi)

Chinese Spicy Garlic Eggplant (Yu Xiang Qie Zi)

Chinese Spicy Garlic Eggplant (Yu Xiang Qie Zi)

Falafel

I have eaten my share of falafel around the world, and I love the way the simple legume patty takes on the flavor of a place, as in the dense fava bean falafels of Egypt and Iraq, Palestine’s parsley-heavy chickpea versions, and the unusual falafel I happened upon at a restaurant called Amon, on Via Palazzuolo in Florence, where the Egyptian chef Na’ama adds fresh fennel to her mash. But any way you make it, there is nothing like falafel’s first bite: the crisp-fried exterior giving way to a creamy center of seasoned mashed beans, garlic, and parsley. —Felicia CampbellGet the recipe for Falafel »

Cauliflower and goat cheese souffles

Cauliflower and Goat Cheese Souffles

Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce

Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce

Coconut Rice and Red Beans

Coconut Rice and Red Beans

Spaghettini with Carrots, Olives, and Red Endive

Spaghettini with Carrots, Olives, and Red Endive

Tofu, Long Bean, and Crispy Shallot Vinaigrette with Black Bean Vinaigrette

Tofu, Long Bean, and Crispy Shallot Vinaigrette with Black Bean Vinaigrette

Potato Tacos (Tacos de Papa)

Potato Tacos (Tacos de Papa)

Inspired by the potato tacos at Loncheria Otro Rollo in Bakersfield, these Tacolicious versions are stuffed with fluffy mashed potatoes and pan-fried until crisp. The accompanying smoky ranchero sauce also would be great as an accompaniment for meat or fish or spooned over eggs. Get the recipe for Potato Tacos (Tacos de Papa) »

Ricotta and Egg Gnocchi with Olives, Capers, and Tomato Sauce

Ricotta and Egg Gnocchi with Olives, Capers, and Tomato Sauce

Spelt Risotto with Beets and Horseradish

Spelt Risotto with Beets and Horseradish

Heston Blumenthal, chef at the Fat Duck in Bray, England, was inspired by his trip to Transylvania in this dish. Blumenthal substitutes spelt, a wheat berry found in most supermarkets, for the more common short-grain rice to give the risotto a nutty and wholesome flavor. Get the recipe for Spelt Risotto with Beets and Horseradish »

Salt-Roasted Turnips with Goat Cheese and Greens

Salt-Roasted Turnips with Goat Cheese and Greens

Mixed Vegetable Coconut Curry (Ghanta Tarkari)

Mixed Vegetable Coconut Curry (Ghanta Tarkari)

Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad

Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad

Quinoa Veggie Burger with Roasted Red Pepper Relish

Quinoa Veggie Burger with Roasted Red Pepper Relish

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