10 Hearty Vegetarian Meals for Your Dutch Oven

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While my days of being a vegetarian are long gone, I still find myself cooking meatless meals more often than not. So my beloved Dutch oven actually gets used to simmer beans and make one-pot pastas much more than it gets used to braise short ribs. The tool is as invaluable to the vegetarian’s kitchen as it is to the omnivore’s. These 10 recipes prove it.

This is the kind of comfort food we all need some days. While it can be assembled in a casserole dish, we like to layer the ravioli, sauce, and cheese right in the Dutch oven we boiled the pasta in.

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Skip the takeout and make your own version of Thai green curry at home, instead. Using frozen broccoli means the dish comes together in pretty much no time.

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This smoky, fragrant couscous is satisfying on it’s own, but you could definitely top it with a fried egg to make it extra hearty.

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A colorful mix of vegetables and beans equals wholesome goodnes here. The broth is an umami-rich situation made from Parmesan cheese rinds (make sure they’re free of rennet if you’re following a strict vegetarian diet) and garlic.

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Quick-cooking orzo pasta is the perfect contender for a one-pot pasta. Here it’s joined with the Mediterranean flavors of olives, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, and feta.

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What makes this potato soup stand out from the rest is Taleggio cheese — the fresh, creamy Italian variety lends an extra-silky texture and rich flavor to the pot.

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This Vietnamese soup is usually made with beef, but this vegetarian version is equally satisfying. It’s worth making a double batch of the broth for the freezer so you can use it for a quick dinner another day.

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Here’s a vegan stew that is spicy, tangy, rich, and sweet. Try it on its own or spoon it over a baked sweet potato to really make it rib-sticking.

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This lightened-up, vegetable-heavy version of jambalaya can become a balanced, one-pot dish if you stir in a can of drained black or kidney beans before serving.

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The aromatic flavors of cardamon, garlic, curry, and green chili produce a unique, not-too-spicy dish that’s wonderful served over fluffy cooked rice.

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