11 Meatless Casseroles
Looking for hearty vegetarian casserole and pot pie recipes? You've come to the right place! Our meatless casseroles are hearty enough to be the star of your meal.
Southerners truly know how to make-do and make good with the produce from their gardens, and these delicious vegetarian casseroles prove just how delectable meatless recipes can be. From a Savory Tomato Casserole—and no, it doesn’t call for beefsteak tomatoes—to the subtle flavors of feta in an eggplant Parmesan, these recipes are for casseroles that literally celebrate fresh vegetables. The rich Green Bean, Fresh Vegetable, and Spinach-Ricotta Lasagna recipes create warm, filling dishes, while the recipe for Marian’s Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding shows how the vegetables in your pantry can become a dinnertime feast. So enjoy the bounty of fresh produce, and devour one of these mouthwatering vegetarian casseroles today.
Savory Tomato Cobbler
Recipe: Savory Tomato Cobbler
Best made during tomato season, when Farmers Markets fill with fresh produce and the tomato is at it juicy peak, this cobbler is a dish of ultimate savory goodness. Stone-ground cornmeal adds texture to the biscuit-like crust, which adds a hearty note to the tomato blend, but you can use plain cornmeal or your favorite biscuit recipe for a tasty, crisp topper on this tomato cobbler. A scoop of this cobbler will satisfy even the most meat-loving and vegetable-averse of your family members, so it’s a great one to sneak in on the dinner table during a round of meatless Monday.
Recipe: Spinach-and-Herb Pastatta
We seem to have coined a new dinner term, and we’re pretty proud of it. Our Test Kitchen has created a tasty hybrid—concocted creatively in the kitchen—that is just perfect for dinner tonight. We’d like to introduce you to the pastatta. It is a comforting, hearty, beyond delicious casserole that's a unique cross between baked pasta and a frittata. If pasta and frittata are two of your favorite dishes, then you will be over the moon for this pastatta recipe. It is so versatile, and the combination of spinach and herb is delicious in spring, summer, and fall, especially.
Green Bean Lasagna
Recipe: Green Bean Lasagna
Lasagna may not be the first thing you think of when you imagine classic Thanksgiving sides, but our take on this classic holiday dish will have you loving this new twist. It mixes the smooth taste of perfectly cooked pasta noodles with the crunch of just-right green beans, the creaminess of ricotta and shredded Italian cheese, and the sweetness of onions and mushrooms. Top this casserole with crushed buttery crackers and French fried onions and you will wonder how you ever enjoyed your green bean casserole any other way. This will be the update that will become your go-to family classic casserole for years to come.
Recipe: Zucchini-and-Spinach Lasagna
This is a great recipe for those people who, when they arrive at the Farmers’ Market—sunscreen on and reusable bag in tow—make a beeline for the zucchini, fill their baskets, and dream of what they’ll cook with it all the way home. With this recipe, you get to pack two of your Farmers' Market favorites into a delicious vegetarian lasagna. Fresh basil, zucchini, and spinach are baked with both ricotta and flavored cream cheese for a hearty casserole that packs a real punch of flavor. No-boil lasagna noodles will help you get this dish on the table in no time.
Recipe: Lasagna Roll Ups
Take a great dish, put it in roll form, and it automatically becomes ten times more popular. There’s just something fun about an entrée in the form of a roll on your dinner plate. This is just the latest in tasty roll entrees, and it creates a lasagna roll out of the traditional Italian dish, repelete with fresh, bursting tomatoes and fragrant, heady basil. Canned artichokes give the rich filling its meaty heft, but you should feel free to substitute sautéed mushrooms or spinach if those ingredients are more your style. You can definitely make this dish your own with the veggie additions.
Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, and Greens Casserole
Recipe: Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, and Greens Casserole
When dinner goes meatless, you want to be sure that your entrée is as hearty and filling as can be. You also want to make sure that you’re doing your vegetables justice, as they’re not relegated to a side dish anymore. They’re the stars of the show. This recipe really delivers on those necessities. As a hefty vegetarian main course or as a side, this cauliflower dish delivers big flavor and thick meaty texture that doesn’t skimp on creativity. The blend of sweet potato, cauliflower, and greens is unique—it’s almost as though three of our favorite sides got together to revolutionize dinner. We think maybe they die. The Easy Cheese Sauce makes it even more delicious.
Recipe: Spinach-Ravioli Lasagna
This lasagna has been on many a dinner menu at our houses, and that is because it is one of the ultimate dinnertime crowd pleasers. A pasta is always a safe bet, but the flavors of spinach and ravioli elevate this dish to a sophisticated, flavorful elegance that makes a weeknight dinner extra special. This top-rated spinach-ravioli lasagna uses convenience items, like store-bought pesto sauce, jarred Alfredo sauce, and frozen cheese-filled ravioli to deliver a delicious main dish with little time and effort on your part. Those are a just few short cuts that make up for in flavor what they lack in homemade kitchen time. What could be better than that?
Marian's Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding
Recipe: Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding
Mix and match vegetables that you have on hand for this recipe—everything from okra and tomatoes to summer squash and mushrooms will taste great. It is a great recipe to pull out when you’re emptying the vegetable bowl on your counter, vegetable drawer in your refrigerator, or if you over purchased at the grocery store. Mixing and matching vegetables is also a great way to make this bread pudding ultra seasonal. If you’re a frequenter of Farmers’ Markets, you can pick your favorite vegetables at their freshest and add them to the recipe. Peak vegetables will really take this savory vegetable bread pudding over the top.
Eggplant Parmesan with Feta
Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan with Feta
Adding feta to traditional eggplant Parmesan takes the flavor up a notch—scratch that—it takes the flavor up several notches. Feta is a fantastic addition to so many dishes, but with this eggplant Parmesan, it is truly a perfect pairing. Eggplant Parmesan is a classic Italian dish that is traditionally prepared in Naples, Sicily, and the surrounding countryside of both areas, but we think it is just as at home on dinner tables across the South. To lighten up the dish a bit, you can substitute part-skim for ricotta cheese in the recipe, if you’d like. The result will be just a creamy and delicious.
Fresh Vegetable Lasagna
Recipe: Fresh Vegetable Lasagna
Another great meatless casserole, this vegetable lasagna showcases a plethora of fresh veggies from zucchini to mushrooms to red and yellow bell peppers. If one vegetable on your ingredient list is good, a plethora of vegetables on your ingredient list is great. Just be sure to take a big bag with you to the Farmers’ Market this week if you’re going to prepare this dish. It’s fresh and flavorful, a great twist on a traditional lasagna that’s sure to please. This is a stack of vegetable layers, lush, bright flavors that meld together so well in a cheesy conglomeration of deliciousness.
Spring Onion Pie
Recipe: Spring Onion Pie
A great meatless dish that you can make in a skillet, this dish intensifies the onion flavors that we’ve come to love at dinnertime. Take advantage of fresh spring onions to create this delicious vegetarian supper. On trying this recipe, one person said, “What my kids eat on any given day is often a mystery, but they will always like anything with eggs and cheese." That is so true, and that means that kids everywhere will love this spring onion pie. It couldn’t be easier to whip up, with just one transfer of the skillet from stovetop to oven. After baking for 22-25 minutes, you’ll have full stomachs all around the table in no time.