Golden glazed carrot, mushroom & hazelnut tart on a plate

Top 10 vegetarian main courses

Finding an original meat-free option for entertaining can be a challenge. We have some ideas for individual dishes and larger sharing recipes.

Make sure your vegetarian guests are treated like royalty with one of our easy but impressive main course recipes – perfect for entertaining and dinner parties. Check out our vegetarian dinner party collection for even more tried and tested favourites.

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1. Spiced lentil & spinach pies

These gorgeous spiced lentil & spinach pies by Tom Kerridge are packed with flavour with a surprise chutney centre – your vegetarian guests are sure to feel well catered for!

2. Stuffed pumpkin

Perfect for autumn or winter, baking a squash and filling it with flavoursome rice makes for a fantastic centrepiece. Try this stuffed pumpkin recipe, which happens to be vegan, too.

3. Golden-glazed carrot, mushroom & hazelnut tart

You can make the mushroom mix or assemble most of this beautiful golden-glazed carrot, mushroom & hazelnut tart in advance, so you can spend more time with your guests on the day you’re entertaining.

4. Roasted stuffed cauliflower

With roasted cauliflower becoming increasingly popular as a main course, we especially love this festive recipe which is stuffed with kale and chestnuts then roasted to perfection with crispy breadcrumbs.

5. Shallot tatin

This shallot tatin is a savoury version of the classic dessert recipe complete with a puff pastry base, caramel glaze and decoratively arranged topping.

6. Parsnip, mushroom & barley wreath

If you’re hosting a vegetarian Sunday lunch, placing this parsnip, mushroom & barley wreath at the centre of the table is bound to impress. It’s a beautifully modern twist on a nut loaf, packed with flavour.

7. 5-a-day burger

These amazing 5-a-day burgers are made from a base of porcini mushrooms and served with a spicy peach ketchup.

8. Squash & blue cheese Wellington

A traditional log-shaped pastry, minus the beef. It’s also freezable, so can be made in advance. Pair this squash & blue cheese Wellington with a vegetarian gravy for a special winter feast.

9. Salad-stuffed blackened peppers

Try these salad-stuffed blackened peppers alongside a leafy green salad and plenty of fresh bread – you can make the buckwheat stuffing the day before if you want to get ahead.

10. Veggie spiral pie with spiced tomato sauce

Bursting with Moroccan flavours and presented as an eye-catching filo swirl, this veggie spiral pie with spiced tomato sauce is sure to go down a storm. It’s filling and satisfying, but still with plenty of fresh summer flavours.

For more vegetarian recipes, try these:

Vegetarian main course recipes
Top 10 things to serve a vegetarian this Christmas
The best vegetarian recipes
Vegetarian dinner party collection

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