10 Hearty Vegetarian Meals for Your Dutch Oven

updated Nov 16, 2023
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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.

Vegetarian Meals for Dutch Oven

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Cheesy Ravioli Pasta Bake

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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Tofu & Broccoli Green Curry

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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One-Pot Smoked Almond and Herb Couscous
A side dish recipe for couscous spiced with smoked paprika and flecked with almonds and parsley.
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Kale and Cannellini Bean Stew

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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One-Pot Mediterranean Orzo Pasta

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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Perfect Potato Soup with Crunchy Kale
A rich and elegant take on potato soup filled with heaps of melty cheese.
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Vegetarian Phở (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

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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Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon

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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Vegetable Jambalaya

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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Kidney Bean and Coconut Curry

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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