No meat necessary!
As Thanksgiving draws near, it’s time to rethink the traditional turkey-centric feast. Whether you’re a vegetarian, trying to eat less meat, or just bored of the holiday classics, we invite you to have fun with the menu and add more veggies to your Thanksgiving table.
Explore a dozen vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes for show-stopping mains and hearty sides—no meat necessary.
Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta With Leeks
Here, frozen mashed butternut squash gets thawed and mixed with half-and-half, frizzled leeks, and sage to create a velvety pasta sauce.
Sheet Pan Pierogies With Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Shallots, and Mustard Dressing
A one-pan wonder, this recipe combines store-bought pierogies, roasted Brussels sprouts, shallots, and a tangy mustard dressing for a satisfying and easy Thanksgiving dish. Just make sure to buy pierogies with vegetarian fillings, like potato or cheese, instead of the meat varieties.
Ricotta Roll-Ups in Creamy Pumpkin Sauce
Think of this dish as a modern vegetarian lasagna, perfect for fall. Creamy and sweet, the ricotta filling and pumpkin sauce pair together beautifully.
Farro and Squash Salad
This wholesome, make-ahead side features nutty farro and grilled summer squash, with basil and Parmesan for an Italian twist.
Mushroom and Burrata Orzotto
Elevate your Thanksgiving menu with a quick-cooking orzotto, which is exactly what it sounds like: risotto made with orzo. This version includes roasted mushrooms and creamy burrata, and is sure to be a fan-favorite.
Butternut Squash Bake With Wild Rice
Creamy and filling, this recipe works well as a vegetarian main and has a distinctly autumnal flavor thanks to the earthy mushrooms, butternut squash, and rosemary.
Maple Roasted Vegetables
A generous drizzle of maple syrup not only sweetens autumn veggies, but also encourages caramelization as they roast in the oven.
Gnocchi With Corn and Miso
Bathe pillowy gnocchi in a miso-infused corn sauce for a delightful, unexpected punch of sweetness and umami.
Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf With Cranberries
This festive pilaf showcases wild rice, mushrooms, and sweet, tangy cranberries for a vibrant Thanksgiving side dish.
Brussels Sprouts Salad
Anything but boring, this Brussels sprouts salad recipe is a masterclass in balance, with pecans, dried cranberries, and shaved cheese to hit every note. It’s ideal for a gathering, because you can start the cooking process in advance.
Squash, Mushroom, and Kale Soup With Dill
Keep cozy with a hearty vegetarian soup, brimming with squash, mushrooms, kale, and orzo. Finish the soup with dill for a fresh, aromatic finishing touch.
Grilled Honeynut Squash Salad
Elevate your salad game with grilled honeynut squash, which offers a sweet, smoky twist on the classic autumn vegetable.
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