20 of Our Best Stovetop Vegetarian Dinners

updated May 1, 2019
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When it comes to weeknight dinners, the stovetop is your friend — it’s fast, it’s efficient, and sometimes you just don’t feel like waiting around for the oven to preheat to get dinner going. Plus, as it gets warmer out, there’s really no reason to turn your kitchen into a sauna.

Whether you’re craving a veggie stir-fry, creamy pasta, or even pizza, these 20 easy vegetarian recipes require nothing but a skillet or pot and your trusty burner.

Grain Bowls

Hearty grain bowls, made with actual grains or cauliflower rice, make for an easy and satisfying vegetarian dinner. Make more than you need and then pack up the rest for lunch the next day.


Forgo ordering a veggie stir-fry from your favorite takeout spot and make one yourself instead. Simmer a pot of brown rice while you’re making it and you’ve got a wholesome meal.

Pasta and Noodles

A big pot of pasta fits the bill pretty much any night of the week. Toss noodles in an herby pesto or creamy avocado sauce, or assemble the sauce right in the boiling pot of water and noodles.

Other Great Vegetarian Stovetop Dinners

Beyond grain bowls, stir-fries, and pasta, the possibilities are endless. Make crispy fritters from whatever veggies you have in the fridge, simmer a comforting bean stew, or make a cheesy skillet pizza.