Carolin Roitzheim

Editorial Assistant at Kitchen Stories

From big bunches of Swiss chard to baskets full of juicy heirloom tomatoes, aromatic peaches to bundles of crisp red radishes, enjoying the abundance of summer is one of life’s simple pleasures. This article is part of “The Big Veggie Summer Issue,” a month of plant-based recipes presented by Garden Gourmet. Whether you’re an omnivore or flexitarian, vegan or vegetarian, there’s something for everyone! To get up to date on all the amazing veg we’re cooking with this month, check back here for a full list of our latest recipes and articles, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for extra tasty content!

Since my sister decided to go vegetarian early on (for a while, though, much-loved salami-on-bread was an exception), we’ve cooked meatless dishes at home for as long as I can remember. That didn’t mean we just left out the meat or that my sister’s choices  were limited to side dishes: It was by no means boring or monotonous in our kitchen. Vegetarian cuisine is so versatile and often, it can be even more creative, as it's not just about staging a piece of meat as the star guest with a few cameo-ing side dishes.

As we all know, there are many solid reasons to either reduce our meat consumption or forgo it entirely, meaning veg-forward cooking can provide inspiration for us all. 

True to our monthly issue theme, we set out to find the 25 most popular vegetarian recipes on Kitchen Stories from the last few years and that you’ve loved cooking: From vegetarian versions of all-time favorites that we wouldn't want to miss out on, to quick and easy pasta dishes, to incredibly delicious vegetarian dishes from around the world. These vegetarian recipes (and a few vegan, too) are not only nutritious and filling, but packed with flavor, too. 


In a few of our vegetarian favorites, you'll find Parmesan cheese as an ingredient. However, true veggies will be suspicious: Actually, not all cheese is vegetarian. Some people do make an exception for Parmesan & Co. but if you prefer to be on the safe side, you can read here which types of cheese you should use and what you have to pay attention to.

Great classic recipes, made vegetarian

Seitan schnitzel, vegetarian bolognese, or vegetarian lasagna prove that many popular meat classics can also be made veggie. In case you missed it, our ultimate guide to making any of your favorite dishes vegetarian provides all the tips. These recipes below have been firm favorites, since the meatless versions prove flavor is not a factor that’s lacking.

Pumpkin and spinach lasagna

Pumpkin and spinach lasagna

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Halloumi burger with honey mustard sauce

Halloumi burger with honey mustard sauce

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Tex-Mex stuffed peppers

Tex-Mex stuffed peppers

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Make crispy seitan schnitzel with Hanna

Make crispy seitan schnitzel with Hanna

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Our favorite vegetarian pasta dishes

Pasta always works, any which way—both in summer (try these no-cook pasta sauces) and in many vegetarian guises. We’ll always love pasta (and we see that you do too) and have spent a lot of time celebrating it, showing you how to cook pasta like an Italian, make pasta from scratch, or learn how to better pair your pasta sauces to your pasta shapes—stay tuned for more, soon. It's quick to prepare, filling, endlessly versatile, and always delicious. Here are vegetarian pasta dishes you’ve loved to keep on rotation:

One-pot stovetop mac and cheese

One-pot stovetop mac and cheese

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Creamy pasta with broccoli

Creamy pasta with broccoli

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Whole wheat pasta alla norma

Whole wheat pasta alla norma

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5-ingredient creamy tomato and basil pasta

5-ingredient creamy tomato and basil pasta

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Summer tagliatelle with zucchini and lemony breadcrumbs

Summer tagliatelle with zucchini and lemony breadcrumbs

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The best vegetarian oven dishes

Mushrooms, pumpkin, or potatoes make any dish extra hearty and filling without having to include protein in the form of meat. We like these dishes best when they are still steaming-fresh from the oven. The most practical thing of all, is that while the dish is cooking in the oven, you duck out of the hot kitchen. If that's not enough for you in the summer temperatures, stay away from the oven altogether, and head straight outside to the grill with a cool drink to try out our best vegetarian grilling recipes.

Pesto baked rigatoni with mushrooms

Pesto baked rigatoni with mushrooms

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Ricotta and spinach baked cannelloni

Ricotta and spinach baked cannelloni

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Baked gnocchi with gorgonzola and spinach

Baked gnocchi with gorgonzola and spinach

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Curried pumpkin pasta bake

Curried pumpkin pasta bake

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Loaded smashed potatoes

Loaded smashed potatoes

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Zucchini and rice gratin

Zucchini and rice gratin

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Vegetarian dishes from all over the world

There are so many vegetarian dishes around the world to take inspiration from, many of them with protein-rich fillers like tofu and tempeh or versatile seitan. Not to mention that veggie Thai curry won favorite everyday dish in our Community Contest. With or without meat substitutes, these vegetarian recipes are sure to bring flavor and satisfaction.

Veggie coconut curry

Veggie coconut curry

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Vietnamese summer rolls

Vietnamese summer rolls

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Shakshuka

Shakshuka

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Sweet potato fritters with guacamole and poached egg

Sweet potato fritters with guacamole and poached egg

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Make bok choy and crispy tofu stir fry with Hanna

Make bok choy and crispy tofu stir fry with Hanna

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Appetizers or a main? Vegetarian soups and salads

Summer and soups go together better than you think. When the heat is rising outside, they're a welcome light dish. But if that's still too hot for you, you can really cool off with our ideas for vegetarian cold summer soups. And, sure, if you're thinking of a refreshing meatless summer dish that's not too heavy on the stomach, you'll quickly end up with a deliciously crunchy salad. Hopefully, the stubborn cliché that vegetarians and vegans only eat green leafy vegetables has subsided and we can all fully appreciate these creative, filling salad ideas.

5-ingredient sweet potato lentil curry soup

5-ingredient sweet potato lentil curry soup

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Caramelized pear, radicchio, and blue cheese salad

Caramelized pear, radicchio, and blue cheese salad

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Roasted persimmon salad with maple-mustard vinaigrette

Roasted persimmon salad with maple-mustard vinaigrette

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Cream of broccoli soup with crispy garlicky croutons

Cream of broccoli soup with crispy garlicky croutons

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Roasted kohlrabi soup

Roasted kohlrabi soup

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Which of these recipes is your favorite vegetarian dish? Let us know in the comments!

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