11 Big-Batch Meatless Meals to Feed a Crowd

updated Nov 30, 2023
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There’s something comforting about making an extra-large casserole or a giant pot of soup — it’s that assurance that you’ll have plenty on hand for the whole family to eat. While these sort of meals are often thought to be hearty, meaty affairs, there are plenty of meatless big-batch recipes out there to cook up, whether you’re vegetarian or just are looking for something that’s heavy on the veggies. Here are 11.

Big-Batch Meatless Meals

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Cheesy Vegetarian Lasagna

Layer noodles with mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and baby spinach, along with plenty of sauce and cheese, of course, and you have a comforting lasagna that’s as hearty as the classic.

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Sheet Pan Roasted Tomatoes & Mushrooms
An easy recipe for caramelized tomatoes and mushrooms roasted on a sheet pan with fresh thyme and garlic.
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Tofu Tikka Masala
This vegetarian tofu tikka masala has a luxe, creamy tomato sauce and is reminiscent of something from your favorite takeout joint, but better.
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Vegan Eggplant Bolognese

Adding a few healthy splashes of red wine to this meatless meat sauce not only gets the vegetables a little drunk, but it also actually adds a lot of body and richness to things, so the sauce itself has a meatier flavor.

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Vegetable Jambalaya

This vegetarian twist on the classic Southern jambalaya is pretty adaptable based on what vegetables you have on hand. Feel free to swap in things like zucchini, corn, and other colors of bell peppers.

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Baked Ziti
Here's how to make an all-star baked ziti — one that's never dry, made with a generous amount of cheese, & layered for the ultimate eating experience.
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Vegan Chili
Red lentils and a duo of beans makes this vegan chili super meaty, and a slew of pantry ingredients impart a ultra-deep, rich flavor.
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Make-Ahead Creamy Mac & Cheese Casserole
A creamy, dreamy mac and cheese that you can prep days ahead of time and just pop in the oven.
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Slow-Cooker Black Bean Enchiladas
An easy recipe for slow cooker enchiladas with black beans and cheese. Vegetarian.
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Cheesy Ravioli Pasta Bake

This saucy pasta bake is basically lazy lasagna, which is exactly why it’s such a win. Just opt for a good-quality tomato sauce here (we like Rao’s), as it’s really what ties everything together.

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Baked Spaghetti Recipe
Step-by-step instructions for making the best-ever baked spaghetti.
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