Meatless Dinner Ideas

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite meatless dinner recipes you’ll want to add to your meal plan. There’s everything from comfort food-inspired dishes to quick and easy recipes to light and fresh dinner ideas. So many great ideas to choose from!

meatless dinner recipes photo collage.

I’m a meat-loving girl, but sometimes I like to pull it back and go vegetarian for dinner, so I’ve gathered some delicious meatless recipes to share. There are all kinds of dinners – everything from pasta to casseroles, enchiladas, hearty chili, and sandwiches that are so full of flavor you won’t miss the meat.

a bowl of the final dish.

Spicy Peanut Udon Noodles

This easy noodle dish has a spicy peanut sauce, chewy udon noodles, and crunchy veggies. It’s delicious served warm or cold, and the leftovers keep well, too.

a bowl of white bean soup.

Italian White Bean Soup

This Italian White Bean Soup will warm you up on a cold day! Cannellini beans in a tomato vegetable broth with fresh herbs are so simple, but the flavors are delicious. 

a bowl of creamy mushroom pasta.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

This rich and creamy mushroom pasta takes about 30 minutes to make – it’s easy enough for weeknight dinners but totally “guest-worthy,” too! 

a spoon in a bowl of bean chili.

Three Bean Chili

Three Bean Chili is a super easy recipe with just a 10-minute prep time! It combines pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans, and a few other pantry ingredients for a low-fuss vegetarian chili that’s ready in about an hour. Plus, it keeps well in the fridge or freezer!

a pan of stuffed shells.

Easy Stuffed Shells

Jumbo pasta shells are stuffed with three different kinds of cheese, baked in marinara sauce, and topped with even more melty mozzarella. It’s a classic comfort food dinner that’s easy to make.

two sandwiches stacked on a plate.

Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado replaces the mayo in this easy and delicious egg salad! Serve it on toasted bread, croissants, or bagels, or use it to make lettuce wraps. It’s easy, light, and a great summer recipe.

close-up photo of a slice of lasagna

White Spinach Lasagna

This white lasagna has pops of fresh flavor from three kinds of herbs with layers of white sauce, three kinds of cheese, spinach, and pasta.

creamy pinto bean soup.

Creamy Chipotle Pinto Bean Soup

Creamy pinto bean soup with a kick of smoky heat from adobo sauce and jalapenos! Add your favorite garnishes to dress it up, and you get a cozy bowl of soup that will warm you up on a cold day.

a stack of grilled cheese sandwiches.

Gruyère Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

This grilled Gruyère cheese with homemade tomato soup is what to make when you’re craving some classic comfort food. The sandwiches are made with two kinds of cheese, and the soup is full of tomato-basil flavor.

close-up shot of a bowl of lemon ricotta pasta.

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Lemon Ricotta Pasta is a quick 20-minute pasta recipe! Creamy ricotta combined with Parmesan, herbs, and lemon makes a really delicious sauce.

photo of the baked casserole

Eggplant Casserole

This casserole is full of the best that summer has to offer – eggplant, fresh herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, and bell peppers. It’s topped with cheese and baked until bubbling hot. 

overhead photo of orzo zucchini dish

Zucchini Orzo with Chickpeas

This zucchini orzo is a quick 20-minute pasta recipe! It’s loaded with fresh herbs, zucchini, and a short-cut sauce. It’s perfect for those nights when you want something fast and easy.

mushroom grilled cheese

Mushroom Grilled Cheese

Up-level your sandwich game with this gourmet grilled cheese with mushrooms, spinach, and Gruyere cheese. It’s a wonderful way to treat yourself dinner!

gnocchi alla sorrentina

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina is a simple dish made with potato gnocchi, tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil. It’s hearty, fresh, and very easy to make. With a few shortcuts, this version is on the table in 20 minutes.

baked ziti

Four Cheese Baked Ziti

Baked ziti is always a go-to favorite. I like to layer this ziti like you would a lasagna, so you get pockets of melted cheese throughout. This version has a combination of ricotta, provolone, Parmesan, and fresh mozzarella cheese, making it extra cheesy and creamy. Plus, it’s easy to make thanks to store-bought sauce, and is ready to go in the oven in about 15 minutes.

black bean enchiladas

Easy Enchiladas with Black Beans & Spinach

Easy enchiladas with black beans and spinach – no pre-cooking required! Just mix, roll, and bake.

Balsamic Mushroom Pasta |

Balsamic Mushroom Pasta

Sauteed mushrooms infused with tangy balsamic vinegar simmered with tomatoes, onion, and garlic. Serve this mushroom marinara with your favorite pasta for an easy dinner that takes less than an hour from start to finish.

salsa verde eggs

Salsa Verde Eggs

This is an easy recipe that takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. Warm corn tortillas are topped with eggs cooked in salsa verde until the whites are set. Technically, it’s breakfast, but I love it for dinner, too.

photo of a taco pie with a slice removed

Black Bean Enchilada Pie

This enchilada pie is a fun twist on traditional enchiladas. Flour tortillas are layered with black beans and topped with a super simple sauce and shredded cheese.

photo of summer squash tortellini bake in a baking dish with a small bowl of grated parmesan cheese

Summer Squash Tortellini Bake

Tortellini baked with roasted summer squash and a creamy goat cheese sauce with pops of fresh basil. This is a small batch recipe perfect for two.

Hearty Veggie Soup with White Beans and Kale |

Hearty Veggie Soup with White Beans and Kale

This hearty veggie soup with white beans and kale is simple to make and is sure to warm you through on a chilly day.

Lettuce wraps with black beans and bell peppers on a plate with lime wedges

Fiesta Lettuce Wraps

Bright and fresh black bean and bell pepper lettuce wraps topped with a creamy cilantro lime sour cream sauce. This is a filling but light dinner idea!

5-Ingredient Sun Dried Tomato Alfredo

5-Ingredient Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo

A simple, easy-to-make sun-dried tomato alfredo sauce tossed with pasta. It’s what to make on those nights when there’s no time to cook.

I hope you try some of these recipes soon!

Happy cooking,


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  1. This article would be a lot easier to read on my phone if the ads were between different recipes instead of between the picture and it’s description!

    1. Hi Jenna! Thanks for the feedback and I agree! Sorry you were experiencing this – I was able to fix it 🙂

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