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28 Hearty Vegetarian Main Dish Recipes

Get your veggies mixed with pizza, pasta, salads, frittata and more. Our meatless main dishes are good for you -- and packed with flavor.

Fruity Pasta Salad

Showcase fresh colors and flavors with a combination of honeydew, strawberries, cashews, pasta and snow peas, all mixed with poppy seed dressing.

Fruity Pasta Salad

Mexican Sweet Potato-Veggie Medley

Create a meatless main dish in minutes by sauteeing sweet potatoes, then adding canned corn and black beans. Top with a chipotle-flavor sour cream, avocado slices and fresh cilantro.

Mexican Sweet Potato-Veggie Medley

Grilled Portobellos

This simple, flavorful recipe comes from reader Doug Heiken of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. It's a quick, easy recipe to throw together if you have a vegetarian at a cookout.

Grilled Portobellos

Linguine in Fresh Tomato Sauce With Garlic-Basil Toast

Kalamata olives add flavor to the homemade tomato sauce in this vegetarian pasta meal. And it's ready in 20 minutes!

Linguine in Fresh Tomato Sauce With Garlic-Basil Toast

Sweet Corn Pizza

Corn adds sweet flavor and crisp texture to this easy pizza. The pesto practically melts into the warm crust for a flavor-packed base.

Sweet Corn Pizza

Crisp Portobello Mushroom and Spring Carrot Salad

Goat cheese and chives top golden skillet-cooked mushrooms and cooked carrots in this recipe from Sarah Stegner of Prairie Grass Cafe in Chicago. Homemade honey-mustard vinaigrette adds a pleasing tang.

Crisp Portobello Mushroom and Spring Carrot Salad

Baby Spinach Salad

This hearty vegetarian salad teams up greens with grains, topped with a yogurt-mint dressing. Serve it alongside a bowl of soup or a warm-from-the-oven loaf of whole-wheat bread.

Baby Spinach Salad with Cumin Couscous and Bulgur

Curried Lentil Soup

Karen Scott from Park Forest, Illinois, fell in love with this spiced specialty when her daughter, Sandy Rutkowski, served her a bowl. "I thought it was out of this world," Karen says. Curry powder and fresh ginger add spicy flavor to the lentils.

Curried Lentil Soup

Roesti

The New Glarus Hotel in New Glarus, Wisconsin, serves up a taste of Switzerland with this potato cake -- pure comfort food made from just five ingredients.

Roesti

Fruity Pasta Salad

Showcase fresh colors and flavors with a combination of honeydew, strawberries, cashews, pasta and snow peas, all mixed with poppy seed dressing.

Fruity Pasta Salad

French Spaghetti

Layers of creamy white and tomato-mushroom sauces crown this meatless noodle dish.

French Spaghetti

Pasta Frittata

Diners at Ina's in Chicago get a giant, Parmesan-sprinkled wedge of this baked frittata served with sauteed tomatoes. We like it with a marinaralike sauce, too.

Spinach Frittata, with only five ingredients, is a quick-and-easy meal that's ready in just 20 minutes.

Pasta Frittata

Spinach Frittata

Deli-Style Tortellini Salad

Mustard-herb vinaigrette dresses cheese-filled tortellini, chopped broccoli, carrots and sweet peppers in our version of this deli classic.

Deli-Style Tortellini Salad

Apple Bagel Sandwiches with Pumpkin Cream Cheese

We created Apple Bagel Sandwiches with Pumpkin Cream Cheese in honor of Illinois, which grows 80 percent of the pumpkins processed in the United States. They're a good option for a stick-to-your-ribs breakfast. Or try them as a meatless sandwich any time of day. We also like the added crunch of the nuts.

Apple Bagel Sandwiches with Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Squash and Tomato Bake

Summer squash adds texture to this easy dish, which combines stewed tomatoes with paprika, garlic, basil and pepper, as well as some melty mozzarella and Parmesan.

Squash and Tomato Bake

Italian Rice Salad

Italian Rice Salad includes fragrant, nutty-tasting brown basmati rice, bell peppers in a variety of colors, red onions and plenty of garlic. "It's kind of soft, kind of crunchy, a little sweet and a little tangy," says Ohio cooking school expert Bev Schaffer, who gave us the recipe.

Italian Rice Salad

Fresh Veggie Pizza

This pizza is packed full of vegetables: zucchini or yellow summer squash, sweet peppers, fresh mushrooms, green onions and more. If you have kids, have them help make this with their favorite vegetables.

Fresh Veggie Pizza

Eggs Goldenrod

This dish is terrific for brunch or a light supper. The hard-cooked eggs are simmered in a delicate white sauce that's ladled over warm biscuits.

Eggs Goldenrod

Greek Pasta Salad

Toss pasta with fresh herbs, vegetables, feta cheese and olives for this Mediterranean-influenced salad.

Greek Pasta Salad

Cheesy Multigrain Spaghetti Casserole

Extra-firm tofu provides protein in this meatless main dish. Whole-grain pasta adds flavor and nutrition.

Cheesy Multigrain Spaghetti Casserole

Killer Tomato Benedict

This popular version of the classic egg dish is named for the luscious summer tomatoes called "killers" at Classic Cup Cafe in Kansas City, Missouri.

Killer Tomato Benedict

Creamy Artichoke Lasagna

The classic lasagna cheeses -- ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella -- give this one-dish meal its trademark gooey texture. The recipe also calls for some nontraditional lasagna ingredients, such as fresh artichokes.

Creamy Artichoke Lasagna

Fresh Tomato and Arugula Pasta

Arugula is a spicy little green that gives this fresh tomato pasta a peppery bite. For a more mellow flavor, use spinach instead of arugula.

Fresh Tomato and Arugula Pasta

Army and Lou's Macaroni and Cheese

Here's a real crowd-pleaser: a creamy mac and cheese recipe using three kinds of cheese. It's from Army and Lou's restaurant in Chicago.

Army and Lou's Macaroni and Cheese

Farmhouse Cheese Torte

This recipe has a lot of steps, but it's worth the effort. Bread a poached egg with a crisp coating, then place it on top of a baked ricotta-fontina torte and drizzle the whole thing with a cheesy mushroom sauce.

Farmhouse Cheese Torte

Warm Asparagus Salad

This recipe combines the flavors of asparagus, pecans, dates and goat cheese, all in a balsamic dressing.

Warm Asparagus Salad

Fusilli Primavera

This recipe tosses fun curly pasta with spring vegetables ("primavera"). We added almonds and a hint of cheese for a colorful stir-fry dish with crunch.

Fusilli Primavera

Rigatoni with Spinach, Walnuts, Sweet Potatoes and Goat Cheese

This recipe, from the Chopping Block cooking school in Chicago, is a fast-fix mixture of pasta, goat cheese and vegetables. Serve with Italian bread.

Rigatoni with Spinach, Walnuts, Sweet Potatoes and Goat Cheese

Asparagus Salad

This recipe comes from Bluestem Restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri. It has poached eggs, Feliciana Nevat cheese (a mild cow's milk and goat's milk cheese) and a toasted walnut vinaigrette.

Asparagus Salad

Tomato Vodka Cream Pasta Sauce with Fettuccine

This is a versatile recipe that's delicious over any type of pasta. A classic tomato sauce gets extra flavor from 2 tablespoons of vodka and smoothness from whipped cream. You can leave out the vodka, though, if you like, and experiment with different flavors of canned stewed tomatoes.

Tomato Vodka Cream Pasta Sauce with Fettuccine

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