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Thanksgiving Mains for Vegetarians

Vegetarian Main Dishes for Thanksgiving

Expecting a few vegetarians this year? Give the non-meat eaters a main course that feels every bit as celebratory as turkey. These meatless company-worthy mains include ample make-aheads so you’re not cooking two meals Thanksgiving Day, and are so hearty and delicious, you'll find your turkey-loving guests clamoring for some as well.


Roasted Squash & Polenta Torta

This savory polenta torta gets big flavor from roasted squash and slow-cooked onions. Kabocha squash lends a dense texture and nutty flavor, but you can also use butternut.

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Spinach & Ricotta Lasagne

This lasagna is a Thanksgiving triple threat: It can be assembled and frozen up to four months ahead, it’s truly a special-occasion dish, and it’s an undoubtedly delicious crowd-pleaser.  

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Rustic Vegetable Tart with Roasted Butternut Squash

This rich, autumnal tart, with its squash, parsnips, and nutty-tasting Brussels sprouts, could star as the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner or any festive meal on a cold evening.

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Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

Turning Dorie Greenspan’s rustic stuffed pumpkin into a vegetarian dish is easy—simply omit the bacon

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Swiss Chard, Sweet Potato & Feta Tart in a Teff Crust

Adding teff flour to this tart’s crust gives it the texture of shortbread and a rich, nutty flavor. The filling is vegetable heaven—chard, sweet potatoes, and red onions—topped off with a salty sprinkle of feta.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Browned Butter & Hazelnuts

With this dramatic-looking “roast” you don’t have to miss out on the drama of carving something at the table.

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Butternut Squash Lasagne with Goat Cheese, Sage & Breadcrumbs

The combination of sweet-and-savory roasted squash, tangy goat cheese, and fresh herbs brings big flavor to this lasagne, while the tender pasta keeps things light.

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Wild Mushroom & Arugula Risotto

This classic comfort dish can be easily adapted for vegetarians. Simply swap in vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

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Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole with Red Chile Sauce

Thanksgiving may be an American holiday, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have a little Mexican flair. This casserole, served with a poblano-pepita salsa on the side, is hearty and satisfying.

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Wild Mushroom Tart

Tangy goat cheese marries well with earthy mushrooms in this “meaty” savory tart.

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Squash Ravioli with Sherried Onions

A savory roasted butternut squash purée with maple syrup and two cheeses makes up the filling in this elegant dish. It works as a starter course for turkey-eaters and a main dish for vegetarians.

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Portabello Mushrooms with Creamy Spinach-Artichoke Filling

This vegetarian main course brings together the addictive flavors of stuffed mushrooms and spinach and artichoke dip (which incidentally gives it a little party-food feel).

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Roasted Vegetable Tart

Reviewers raved about this dough, calling it wonderfully forgiving, flaky once baked, and tasty. He flavors were rich and not a bite was left after one reviewer made it for eight guests.

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Menu: A Crowd-Pleasing Thanksgiving Dinner

Here’s the perfect holiday meal to please everyone: it’s make-ahead for the host, mostly meatless for vegetarians (though there is still a turkey), and incredibly delicious.

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