Is there anything vegetarian cooking can’t do? Whether it’s sweet and spicy tofu larb, an aromatic toor dal with whole boiled peanuts or the beautiful simplicity of a pile of roasted brussels sprouts, vegetarian cooking offers seemingly endless combinations of flavor profiles and textures — enough to satisfy any type of eater. The Veggie, a new newsletter from Tejal Rao, celebrates the vast and diverse world of vegetarian cooking, highlighting recipes from our archives every week. (If you haven’t signed up already, you can do so here.) Here are 11 vegetarian recipes that New York Times Cooking readers love.
A few weeks ago, a friend sent me the cutest photo of her sweet, pudgy-cheeked baby eating a bit of kale-sauce pasta. The baby was in a high chair, grinning before the wreckage of her dinner — green sauce on her face and hands, bits of pasta up to her elbows. Now that baby knows how to enjoy her food, I thought with admiration.
A bunch of just-boiled greens, still hot and dripping wet, puréed with a little fried garlic, grated cheese and olive oil becomes such a crowd pleaser when you toss it with pasta. You can even
Dried pasta and canned beans are vegetarian pantry staples for a reason: They are often the backbone of quick, tasty and satisfying meatless cooking. But if the sight of another box of rigatoni makes your eye twitch, or the thought of strolling down an aisle of cannellini beans triggers your fight-or-flight response, maybe it’s time to mix things up. Below are a baker’s dozen of vegetarian recipes that are light and filling all at once, featuring plenty of vegetables as well as the occasional tofu and whole grain — and they’re all worthy of a spot in your rotation. And
While peak-summer vegetables don’t need much more than some salt, oil and a sliver of space over an open flame, they’re positively ignited by a little extra attention. These vegetarian recipes range from minimum effort to medium. Most operate as sides or entrees, depending on what you pair them with, but all deliver hugely flavorful results — and are a thrill to grill.
This five-star recipe from Sue Li balances grilled corn, scallions and jalapeño with a creamy buttermilk-feta dressing that is just tangy enough to temper the heat, richness and sweetness of its surrounding ingredients. (Do opt for a