7 Easy, Fancy Meatless Mains

7 Easy, Fancy Meatless Mains

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Sheela Fiorenzo
May 22, 2018
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Often, when you think of a fancy dinner, you might first think of meat — things like roast chicken, poached fish, and seared steak. But it's just as easy to dress up vegetables and bring them to the center of the table. These recipes are equal parts fancy and easy, which means they're perfect for your next get-together or just a special mid-week meal.

1. Polenta Florentine

A creamy Parmesan sauce and lots of spinach dress up a plain ol' tube of polenta in this fast, fancy, Italian-leaning casserole.

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2. Spaghetti with Mascarpone, Meyer Lemon, Spinach, and Hazelnuts

Pick up a few ingredients you don't buy every day, like mascarpone, Meyer lemons, and hazelnuts, and they'll turn a plain ol' box of spaghetti into something way more interesting.

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3. Baked Mushroom Risotto with Caramelized Onions

This baked version of risotto skips the stirring but still results in something that feels special enough to serve at your next dinner party.

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4. Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Soup

Roasting the cauliflower not only ensures it provides a nutty contrast to the sweet coconut in this creamy soup, but also a few reserved florets act as a pretty garnish.

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5. Vegetable Pesto Puff Pastry Tart

Keep a box of puff pastry in your freezer and you'll always have the makings of a simple yet elegant savory tart on your hands. Serve this with a green salad and a cold bottle of rosé.

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6. Crispy White Beans with Greens and Poached Egg

Here's how to make a can of white beans fancy: Season them with za'atar, sauté them until crisp, combine them with garlicky greens, and finish them with a runny poached egg.

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7. Geraldine's Mellow Tomato Sauce with Brie

Tomato sauce is usually thought to be a pretty humble thing. Add chunks of creamy, pungent brie to it, however, and suddenly it's a decadent base for your favorite pasta.

This Easy Mushroom Risotto is Super Satisfying

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