12 seriously comforting vegetarian recipes
When the weather starts to turn and the nights draw in, we believe there’s nothing better than curling up indoors with a bowl of comfort food. From warming veggie stews to tempting meat-free pies, we’ve got you covered. Dive into these dreamy vegetarian comfort food recipes and, we promise you, rainy days will never look grey again.
It’s time to get cosy. Here’s a hearty, well-rounded stew that’s bursting with flavour – think soft, garlicky mushrooms, a gentle crunch of walnuts and undertones of earthy thyme, sitting on a buttery bed of polenta. There’s no doubt that you’ll go back to this recipe time and time again.
Loaded with caramelised roasted squash, redcurrant jelly and gooey stilton, this vegetarian toad in the hole is so rich, creamy and filling that you’ll forget all about the lack of meat.
Nothing screams comfort quite like a bowl of risotto. And we can assure you, this vegetarian risotto goes a long way, oozing with cosiness thanks to the creamy goat’s cheese and the sweet tart of sun-dried tomatoes. Bake until bubbling and golden on top then grab a fork and dig in. You’ll need to source a vegetarian parmesan, if using.
We all love a bit of mac ‘n’ cheese now and again and most of us seem set on a particular recipe. But after you taste this version, you’ll be pining for it every time hunger strikes. We’ve upped the ante on the classic recipe, adding more enticing flavours to make it that much creamier and cheesier because, why on earth not?
Soft, pillowy gnocchi truly is a thing of beauty. Better yet, gnocchi baked in a creamy, blue cheese and mushroom sauce. If we could, we’d be reaching for a bowl of this every night…
When we think of comfort food, a creamy pasta bake almost immediately springs to mind. This recipe has everything you need for a cold winter’s night: cheese sauce, sourdough bread, sherry, crunchy hazelnuts and of course, pasta.
As the nights draw in, comfort food has never been so necessary. By tucking into these veggie chilli nachos – stacked with seasonal sweet potato, a generous dollop of soured cream and a smattering of cheddar cheese – treating weather-induced qualms will feel easier (and tastier) than ever.
Serve with spicy Mexican bean burgers and you’ve got yourself the ultimate Mexican feast.
Name us a more iconic duo than cheese and potato… we’ll wait. This cheese and thyme potato tart is testament to that. Turn up the heat on a cold and rainy evening and serve bubbling hot – you deserve this.
This decadent take on Welsh rarebit, with buttery braised leeks and plenty of mature cheddar, has never offended anyone. Top with a fried egg, drizzle with Henderson’s relish and you’ve got yourself a treat-yourself dish fit for royalty.
As the temperatures drop, you’ll need a five star recipe for cosy nights in. We feel this veggie parmigiana, baked to golden, bubbling perfection, ticks all the boxes: garlicky tomato sauce, parmesan cream, and even more parmesan.
As darkness spreads, light up your gloomy evenings with a bright bowl of pasta. Fettucine, to be precise. These silky thick ribbons are stirred through a sauce of double cream, parmesan and butter to achieve pasta perfection all in the comfort of your own home.
Stuffed savoury pancakes: a slice of hope in the colder, darker months. This recipe doesn’t hold back on cheese and cream, which seems to us to be the epitome of culinary comfort.
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