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50 Vegetarian Comfort Food Recipes That Will Warm You Right Up

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It’s officially hibernation weather, which means that comfort is at the absolute top of our dietary priorities. But, contrary to popular belief, that doesn’t mean we have to give up greens or healthy food entirely. Whether you’re a strict vegetarian or you just need a few more plant-based meals to make it through cheese-and-carbs season, here are 50 of our favorite vegetarian comfort food recipes—no meat required.

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1. One-Pot Mac and Cheese

So much better than the stuff from a box.

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2. Portobello Pot Roast

Make it in a slow cooker, Instant Pot or on the stove.

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3. Vegetarian Chili

It doesn’t get heartier than this sour cream-crowned main.

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4. Lentil Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Warm, cozy and super nutritious.

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5. Pasta Alla Norma

Just like Grandma used to make.

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6. Homemade Cheddar Pierogies

Pasta? Check. Potatoes? Check. Cheese? You know it.

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7. Gluten-Free Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust

The crust is the rich egg filling's crispy soulmate.

Pinch of Yum

8. Southwest Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hot Dish

If it’s covered in tots, you can count us in.

Spoon Fork Bacon

9. Spaghetti Squash and Broccoli Alfredo

Bake it right in the squash for an easy and elegant presentation.

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10. Tomato Soup in Cheesy Bread Bowls

Guys, the topper is a grilled cheese sandwich...

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11. Chipotle Black Bean Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole

We’ll take ours with a side of guac, thanks.

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12. Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Barley Risotto

Pair them with veggie broth.

Pinch of Yum

13. Homemade Spicy Ramen with Tofu

Just the remedy for a cold and dreary night.

What’s Gaby Cooking

14. Spinach Mushroom Lasagna

So many layers of goodness.

Oh My Veggies

15. Tikka Masala Tofu and Vegetables

Put down the phone and step away from the takeout menu.

The Modern Proper

16. Sweet Potato Tacos

Consider next week's Taco Tuesday set.

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17. Cheesy Roasted Mushroom Melts

With not one, not two, but *three* different cheeses.

Inspiralized

18. Butternut Squash Noodles with Cashew Alfredo

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19. The Best Vegan Enchiladas

We never thought we’d say this, but we don’t even miss the cheese.

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20. Baking Sheet Quesadillas

Fill with your favorite veggies for a complete meal.

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21. The Best Broccoli Cheese Soup

Eat your heart out, Panera Bread.

Two Peas and Their Pod

22. Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

Just the thing for your Super Bowl Sunday party.

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23. Whole-Wheat Spinach and Artichoke Pizza

Everyone’s favorite dip meets golden-brown pizza crust.

Damn Delicious

24. Quinoa Chili

Psst: This bowl is packed with protein.

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25. Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry

Make a double batch and freeze it for later.

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26. Vegan Spaghetti Squash with Mushroom Marinara

Even Nonna would approve.

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27. Cauliflower Fried Rice

Some cold nights (and long days) just demand takeout.

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28. Crispy Tofu Bánh Mì

You had us at sriracha mayonnaise.

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29. Baked Zucchini ‘Ziti’ Spirals with Mozzarella

This pasta-free version is light enough that you’ll have room for seconds (and thirds).

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30. Creamy Gochujang Zoodles

Finished with a runny sunny-side-up egg and all the Parmesan.

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31. Blackberry-Peach Grilled Cheese

Hi, summer. We’ve missed you so.

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32. Roasted Tomato Soup

You can do so much better than the canned kind.

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33. Black Bean Burgers

Never be disappointed by a veggie burger again.

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34. Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce

There’s no bad day that creamy peanut butter can’t fix.

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35. Spiralized Winter Vegetable Gratin

Parsnips, sweet potatoes, butternut squash—we promise you won’t miss the pasta.

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36. Sweet Potato-Black Bean Tacos with Blue Cheese Crema

Three boast nearly 20 grams of protein.

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37. Vegetarian Sushi Cups

Meet your muffin tin’s latest magic trick.

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38. Vegan Kentucky Fried Chick’n

Bet you didn’t expect this soul food classic. You can thank tofu and seitan.

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39. Green Bean Casserole Galette

Come for the creamy herbed filling, stay for the fried shallots.

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40. Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Herbed White Wine Sauce

BRB, starting our own herb garden.

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41. Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers

A far cry from the frozen hockey pucks you’re used to.

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42. The Best Potatoes au Gratin Ever

You say side, we say main event.

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43. Butternut Squash Lasagna

No red sauce here—just mozzarella, herbs and alllll the ricotta.

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44. Creamed Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions

Behold, the mac and cheese of vegetables.

Nisha Vora

45. Vegan Lentil and Roasted Vegetable Bake

Where should we start, the cashew cream or the crispy pine nut topping?

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46. Cauliflower and Plantain Tacos with Lemony Pesto Dressing

Swap the cauliflower for broccoli or cabbage.

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47. Vegan Keto Coconut Curry

Warning: You might want to take a bath in the broth.

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48. Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower

Eight ingredients + 20 minutes = cheesy, creamy heaven.

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49. Vegan Butternut Mac and ‘Cheese’ with Shiitake ‘Bacon’

Roasted squash = the silkiest sauce ever.

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50. Eggplant Pizza

Ask your kids to assemble them and dinner will practically make itself.