Vegan comfort food ideas
Good Food's most indulgent vegan comfort food recipes are perfect for family feasts, fakeaway Friday nights in, or a free-from meal with friends.
A slice of pizza loaded with toppings, a spoonful of bubbling pasta bake, or a burger groaning with sauces and toppings. Everyone's got their foodie weaknesses, including vegans. That's why we've devised these super-indulgent plant-based dishes that are free from animal products yet full of flavour, such as our tasty vegan meatballs (pictured above).
Go ahead and treat yourself with clever vegan twists on old classics and if you're still hungry for more, check out our ultimate vegan recipe collection.
1. Vegan burgers
The beauty of a patty on a bun is that it's totally customisable. Load up with all your favourite trimmings, sides and sauces and fill your face with those veggie delights. Our smoked tofu burgers are given crunch from a panko crumb before being topped with a towering pile of red cabbage slaw. Try mixing it up and serving with some carrot fries for an extra dose of veg. Give much-loved falafel a makeover, too, and try our healthy chickpea burgers with salsa and crunchy salad, all stuffed into warm pitta breads.More vegan burgers:
Spiced sweet potato burgers with avocado & basil salsa
Sweetcorn & sweet potato burgers
Falafel & hummus burgers
2. Vegan pizza
Bookmark this now; an easy vegan Margherita pizza with the perfect doughy base and fresh toppings. Use a zingy tomato sauce, vegan mozzarella-style cheese and fresh herbs to create a classic Italian flavour combo that's hard to beat. Refer to our handy guide and learn how to make vegan parmesan for that extra sprinkle of cheesy magic. If tomato isn't your thing, try our vegan white pizza that uses tofu, almond milk and other dairy-free ingredients. More vegan sides:
Classic onion rings
Chunky oven chips
3. Vegan curry
Ramp up the spice levels on a Friday night. This West Indian aubergine curry is given a serious kick from green chilli. Our vegan Thai curry uses coconut milk, chilli and traditional Thai spices to create a creamy, warming family classic. Or go for a simple South Indian-style chickpea curry that uses basic, storecupboard ingredients. You could try pairing it with a spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhal for a feast to entertain friends – and don't forget the coconut rice. Dust off the spice rack and get even more recipes from our vegan curry collection. More vegan curry side dishes:
Indian cucumber salad
Sweet pineapple & chilli chutney
4. Vegan noodles
Noodles are a versatile vehicle for spices and sauces, plus they can be packed with veggies to up the nutrition factor. Classic Singapore noodles are lightly spiced with curry powder, making them suitable for family meals – our vegan Singapore noodles are made with peppers, beansprouts and onions. Alternatively, try our sticky noodles with homemade hoisin or a hearty coconut noodle curry bowl.More vegan noodle recipes:
Japanese noodles with sesame dressing
Noodle salad with sesame dressing
Japanese noodle tofu bowl
5. Vegan fakeaways
Emulate your favourite takeaway by creating a quick and easy fakeaway feast to rival your regular restaurant. Our vegan sweet and sour tofu takes less than half an hour to make from start to finish. Pair it with salt and pepper chips or, for another dose of soya, salt and pepper tofu that features crunchy wedges tossed in hot Szechuan peppercorns – two comforting takeaway-esque dishes.More vegan fakeaway recipes:
Seitan & black bean stir-fry
Tofu & asparagus pad Thai
Kung pao-style cauliflower & kidney beans
6. Vegan pasta sauces
Pulses, mushrooms and jackfruit are just some of the ingredients that can be used to give flavour and texture to vegan pasta sauces. If you're new to cooking with jackfruit, try our simple jackfruit bolognese sauce, a simple recipe using the canned fruit to stunning effect. Whichever sauce you choose, don't forget a nutritional yeast topping to act as a free-from parmesan. More vegan pasta sauce recipes:
Garlic mushroom penne
7. Vegan loaded fries
Loaded fries are firmly in the camp of comfort food classic. We like ours topped with vegan mixed bean chilli, homemade guacamole, crispy onions and dairy-free cème fraîche. The best part, this recipe uses frozen French fries for minimum faff. More vegan sharing dishes:
Indian oven chips
No-knead grape & rosemary focaccia
8. Vegan fried 'chicken'
Ingredients like seitan and tempeh make it easier to mimick the texture of meat. Behold our Kentucky fried seitan recipe, with its own secret spice mix for the wow factor. For something a little easier, try our vegan katsu curry – the traditional breaded chicken is replaced with crispy, golden breaded tofu.More fried vegan treats:
Chilli tempeh stir-fry
9. Vegan pasta bakes
If this vegan mac 'n' cheese doesn't whet your appetite, nothing will. Nutritional yeast gives this dish that special cheesy flavour, while a mustardy cashew nut base mix gives it that creamy texture we all know and love. Top with panko breadcrumbs for a crunchy layer of golden-brown goodness.We love a rich lentil lasagne, too – a slice of carb heaven and perfect for feeding a family. Or, do something different with your lasagne sheets and try our mushroom & chestnut rotolo. Serve it as a showstopping dinner party main, or a seriously indulgent weekend dinner.
10. Vegan chilli
Chilli, minus the carne, is one of the most easily adaptable comfort food out there. You can feel virtuous tucking into our really easy veggie chilli – it counts as four of your five-a-day and needs just four ingredients to make – a real midweek time-saver. Go for a hearty mix of sweet potato & black bean and serve with nutty quinoa for a filling and flavoursome supper. Or cram your bowl with pulses and colourful veg to make our vegetable & bean chilli. It can be prepped in a grand total of 10 minutes.
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