Ina Garten's 15 Best Vegetarian Recipes (2024)

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A colorful bed of roasted veggies are so often featured as the supporting cast in many healthy, hearty dishes, but to shine the spotlight on them as the star of the dish? It’s one of Ina Garten’s signature moves. The Barefoot Contessa host ⁠— and our culinary queen ⁠— has never shied away from veggies. She now has so many vegetable-forward, vegetarian-friendly recipes to choose from, we put in the work for you and narrowed down the 15 best Garten’s best vegetarian recipes, including everything from appetizers and side dishes, to substantial main courses and rich, decadent desserts.

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One of our favorite vegetarian recipes ⁠— and a favorite among many food bloggers, too ⁠— is Garten’s roasted eggplant parmesan, a saucy, three-cheese casserole brimming with more than two pounds of sliced eggplant. Garten’s goat cheese and zucchini tart is another devour-able dish, one that’s rich with thyme- and lemon zest-seasoned goat cheese. Or, if you’re in the market for a light, yet filling sharable dish, Garten’s Israeli vegetable salad is comprised of creamy hummus and chopped veggies, with a side of toasted pita bread. What we’re trying to say here is, you can’t go wrong with any of Garten’s vegetarian recipes.

  • Roasted vegetable paella

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    This creamy, colorful paella is chock-full of veggies such as Holland bell peppers, roasted red peppers, fennel bulbs, baby eggplants, garlic, and yellow and red onions. Merely swap the chicken stock for vegetable stock.

    Get the recipe from Food Network.

  • Crusty baked shells & cauliflower

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    For a heartier pasta dish sprinkled with cauliflower florets and bursting with flavor, Garten’s crusty baked shells and cauliflower dish is an easy recipe that’ll fill the family up.

    Get the recipe from Food Network.

  • Potato-fennel gratin

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    This popular recipe has more than 180 reviews and a perfect, five-star rating ⁠— for good reason. The addition of fennel really elevates this classic potato-based dish, making it a fan favorite.

    Get the recipe from Food Network.

  • Goat cheese & zucchini tart

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    Advanced-level home chefs, this vegetarian dish is calling your name. Garten’s zucchini and goat cheese tart takes real knife work and a food processor. But, in the end, you’re left with a stunning ⁠— and creamy ⁠— tart.

    Get the recipe from Barefoot Contessa.

  • Roasted vegetable lasagna

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    On chilly nights, lasagna’s what’s for dinner. And for vegetarians, Garten’s roasted veggie lasagna ⁠— loaded with eggplant, zucchini, garlic, ricotta, goat cheese, Rao’s marinara sauce, and more ⁠— should be your go-to recipe.

    Get the recipe from Barefoot Contessa.

  • Tomato tart

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    We can’t decide if our favorite part of this tart is the Gruyère and parmesan cheese filling or the juicy, herb-crushed tomatoes layered atop…

    Get the recipe from Barefoot Contessa.

  • Vegetable tian

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    What is a tian? A tian is any casserole cooked in an earthenware vessel of the same name. It also happens to be a popular way to eat roasted veggies. Garten’s tian recipe calls for yellow onions, garlic, potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, and grated Gruyere cheese.

    Get the recipe from Food Network.

  • Maple-roasted carrot salad

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    A great lunch option, this baby arugula salad features a colorful cast of ingredients, including cranberries, carrots, Marcona almonds, goat cheese, orange juice, and maple syrup.

    Get the recipe from Barefoot Contessa.

  • Herbed-baked eggs

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    Breakfast for dinner? When it’s Garten’s herbed-baked eggs with fresh herbs, like thyme, rosemary, and parsley, and a half-dozen eggs, the answer’s always a ‘yes.’

    Get the recipe from Food Network.

  • Israeli vegetable salad

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    This is far from your average salad. Garten’s Israeli veggie salad is comprised of hummus, chopped veggies, and toasted pita bread for dipping.

    Get the recipe from Food Network.

  • Zucchini gratin

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    Another very popular recipe ⁠— one that has nearly 400 reviews and a five-star rating ⁠— is Garten’s zucchini gratin, a beginner-level dish that calls for 2 pounds of zucchini.

    Get the recipe from Food Network.

  • Sautéed shredded Brussels sprouts

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    In search of a vegetarian appetizer? Look no further than Garten’s sautéed shredded Brussels sprouts, tossed with butter, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, and seasoned with black pepper and salt.

    Get the recipe from Barefoot Contessa.

  • Parmesan & chive smashed potatoes

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    Boil potatoes ’til tender, press ’em, toss ’em with olive oil, roast ’em, and sprinkle ’em with parmesan cheese, chives, and fleur de sel: this parmesan and chive smashed potatoes recipe is so easy ⁠— and even more delicious.

    Get the recipe from Barefoot Contessa.

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