10 quick vegetarian recipes

Need to rustle up something quick for a weeknight supper? Try our speedy 20-minute vegetarian meals, packed full of storecupboard ingredients and fresh veggies.

Magnificent meat-free dinners are just 20 minutes away. Our top 10 quick vegetarian meals are perfect for those midweek struggles when you can't face endless prep and lengthy cook times. Tuck into a comforting bowl of gnocchi with plenty of cheese, or a comforting curry with fluffy naan bread and rice. We have a range of suppers to feed a whole family or a cosy meal for two – choose your favourite and get cracking. 

Get stuck into even more vegetarian recipes with our ultimate collection. 
 

1. Halloumi burgers

Burgers on board with ketchup and mayonnaise
Picture a bouncy brioche bun, slabs of salty halloumi cheese and all your favourite burger trimmings. Our easy halloumi burgers are a riot of colour and flavour, with a fresh tomato salsa, lettuce and a healthy dollop of hummus. 

Check out the best veggie burger recipes for more plant-based patties for every season. 
 

2. Courgette tortilla with toppings

Tortilla with hummus and red pepper in slices
Eggs are a vegetarian kitchen staple. Turn this essential everyday ingredient into our courgette tortilla with toppings. Pile on the hummus, peppers and olives and tuck into a slice of our healthy harissa tortilla. Serve with a chunk of crusty bread and a fresh green salad. You'll only spend a total of 11 minutes in the kitchen so there's minimal supper stress. 

Pack more veggies onto your plate with our colourful courgette collection
 

3. Kimchi fried rice

Fried rice with broccoli and fried egg
Eat up three of your 5-a-day in our bright bowlful of kimchi fried rice. Add a flavour boost with grated ginger, crunchy kimchi and a dash or two of hot sauce if you want to bring the heat. Our fresh veg-fest uses broccoli, ribbons of carrot and spring onion to pep up this simple wholegrain rice dish. 
 

4. Super-quick sesame ramen

Noodles with boiled egg and bok choi in bowl
Our 15-minute sesame ramen is the perfect example of healthy fast food. This low-calorie, low-fat and low-cost noodle recipe uses just six ingredients and makes a warming meal for one on busy nights. Get that perfect runny yolk with our guide on how to boil an egg perfectly for the crowning glory in your noodle bowl. 
 

5. Red pepper linguine

Linguine with red pepper pesto and nuts in bowl
Rustle up this indulgent red pepper linguine with just a handful of ingredients. Treat yourself to a garlicky plate of pasta you can make in just two easy steps. Whizz up your own vibrant pepper pesto in the food processor – you won't believe how easy it is to make an Italian classic. If you've got a packet of dried pasta and a jar of peppers in the cupboard, you're ready to go.

Craving more carbs? Get your fill with our vegetarian pasta recipes
 

6. Asparagus, chilli & feta farfalle

Asparagus pasta with chilli in bowl
Add a kick to this simple pasta dish with a touch of chilli and keep it fresh with a squeeze of lemon and punchy feta. This farfalle dish has it all – cheese, crunchy pine nuts, fresh veggies and plenty of garlic. It takes just five minutes to prep, so throw together at your leisure. 
 

7. Gnocchi with mushrooms & blue cheese

Gnocchi in pan with mushrooms and herbs
You can't beat the combination of creamy goat's cheese or a strong blue cheese with earthy mushrooms and soft, pillowy gnocchi. This crowd-pleasing, rich family meal looks restaurant-ready but can be mastered in three easy steps. Try adding a spoonful of crème fraîche for a lighter sauce with a creamy texture. Serve with chunky wedges of garlic bread for a filling feast. 

Want even more Italian inspiration? Try our top 10 ways to serve gnocchi
 

8. Indian chickpeas with poached eggs

Chickpeas with poached egg on plate with fork
Serve up a healthy supper for two in the form of our tasty Indian chickpeas with poached eggs. A little chilli, cumin and coriander can transform the humble chickpea into a filling meal that's full of flavour and nutritional benefits – and we challenge you to find a meal that couldn't be improved by a runny yolk or two. 

Make the most of this steadfast storecupboard staple with our ultimate chickpea recipe collection
 

9. Microwave chilli

Chilli with soured cream in bowl
Utilize a top piece of kitchen kit and make our 15-minute veggie microwave chilli, with two of your 5-a-day in one bowl. Use a can of kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, standard cupboard spices and a square of dark chocolate to create a surprisingly rich dish. 

If you're craving even more warming bowls of vegetable-packed goodness, take a look at our vegetarian chilli collection
 

10. Coconut & squash dhansak

Curry with naan bread and yogurt in bowl with fork
If you think all curries take hours of stewing and simmering, think again. Our coconut & squash dhansak makes a simple weeknight dinner for a family of four. It's bursting with chunks of butternut squash, creamy coconut milk, lentils and curry paste for an added kick. If you don't have a microwave, roast the squash in the oven with your previous night's meal. It'll save you time, and cooked squash keeps in the fridge for up to four days. 

Discover more spectacularly spiced dinners in our vegetarian curry recipe collection
 

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Klemen
7th Oct, 2018
Thanks for posting vegetarian recipes. Eggs could be skipped. They are not healthy (Eggs are a good indicator of pollution as pollutants get concentrated in eggs.) and are also not vegetarian staple. Will try recopies from 5 till 10.
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Charlene Smith
7th Oct, 2018
I eagerly went through these recipes and was quickly dismayed by the high carbohydrate content of most. I'd love to see more that didn't rely so much on bread and pasta.
biketreks
20th Feb, 2019
carbs are fine if you are moving enough to burn them, as a cyclist I can burn 3-4000calories a day and need to replace them. Also ski tour and same applies.
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