Vegetarian Entrees and Soups is something that I have been thinking about recently. It’s not because it’s Lent like you would think. Instead, it’s because in April, my blog will become Vegan for 30 days. I have significant concerns about keeping my family happy as I create vegan meals, so I thought I would see what vegetarian recipes were already here on the Patty Cake’s Pantry website. I realize that vegetarian isn’t vegan, but this will give me an idea what meatless meals that my family already enjoys. Patty Cake’s Pantry is not a vegetarian recipe blog, but we eat some vegetarian entrees and soups. Since we are in the middle of Lent, I also thought it would be nice if I created a collection of our best vegetarian recipes and shared them with our readers.
After carefully combing through our past posts, I have curated the following, twenty, vegetarian recipes from the Patty Cake’s Pantry website. I have arranged these according to the recipe category and in order of their date of publication on this site.
Tomato Soup with Lentils is often referred to as “Tomato-Lentil Soup” in our house. We love that it’s so simple to prepare and is chock full of protein courtesy of the lentils. This is a great soup to serve to children, and it’s delicious accompanied by a grilled cheese just like the stuff from the cans. The main difference is that this soup really tastes like tomatoes. A dollop of creme fraiche on top helps to tame the acidity if you prefer a cream of tomato soup. The total cost of this recipe is $5.90.
Garden Vegetable Soup is warm and hearty on a cold evening. This soup was made from aquafaba (bean broth), but it can just as easily be made using vegetable broth. This soup is great as a starter or can make a meal when served with some crusty bread. You can make this entire pot of soup for $4.08.
Split Pea Soup is a vegetarian classic. It’s extremely inexpensive to prepare and loaded with protein. This recipe is purported to be the same one that’s served at Pea Soup Andersen’s Restaurant. This soup is delicious served with some onion cheese or pumpernickel bread. I also love having this with woven wheat crackers. The total cost of this recipe is only $1.79.
Minestrone Soup is an Italian classic. This is the perfect soup to serve with a green salad and warm crusty bread for a filling meal for your family. This version substitutes potatoes for the usual pasta. The total cost of this recipe is $5.96 which works out to less than $1.00 per serving.
Corn chowder is rich, creamy, and could be described as a bowl full of comfort. This recipe is fairly simple to prepare, but no one will suspect how easy it really is. It tastes like it took hours to make. This recipe only costs $4.90 to prepare, but it’s so rich, no one will believe it was so inexpensive.
Fried Rice is a very versatile recipe. It can be made with or without meat. It’s the perfect vehicle for transforming little bits and pieces of leftover vegetables and meats into something new and exciting. This recipe was made using meat, but it can easily be made by substituting nuts for the meat. My favorite is cashew fried rice.
Rice with Lentils is a simple one pot meal that’s loaded with both protein and flavor. This dish is very economical and pairs well with a salad. The combination of a salad with a tart citrus vinaigrette and the earthiness brought to this dish by the cumin makes it a very filling and satisfying meal. The entire pot of lentils and rice cost less than two dollars. That’s definitely a frugal food.
Fully Loaded Marinara is a vegetarian pasta sauce that’s loaded with vegetables. In fact, there are so many vegetables that my meat loving husband didn’t notice that I had “forgotten” to add the meat, It wasn’t until I pointed it out to him that he noticed. This recipe is loaded with so much flavor and texture that it’s delicious without meat. (Editor’s note: The original post is one of the first on this site, and there was no accompanying photo. A photo of a very chunky bolognese sauce was used above.)
Beans and Greens are a hearty and delicious combination that’s very filling and very satisfying. These are great as a main course when served with a pan of moist and delicious cornbread, but they also go great as a side dish with those summer barbecues we will be hosting soon. This is one of my family’s favorite ways to eat their greens.
Perfect Baked Potatoes might not seem like a vegetarian entree because they’re just a potato, but potatoes are the perfect vessel for many other toppings. These potatoes can be topped with fully loaded marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese for an Italian Potato. They can be filled with beans, or loaded with broccoli, or other vegetables, and cheese. The combinations are limited only by your imagination. Potatoes are often unappreciated, but they are an amazing frugal food. I frequently find 10 pound bags of potatoes on sale for about $2.00 which means an individual potato costs less than 25 cents.
Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and it’s vegetarian. This version is ready in practically no time using the pressure cooker. There’s no need to precook the macaroni either. That makes this a winner for busy weeknights. The cost of this recipe is about $3.78 which is less than fifty cents per serving.
Hillbilly Corn Pone is like beans and cornbread made in one pan. All you need is some well seasoned and juicy beans. Heat them up and top them with the cornbread batter. Throw it in the oven and bake it then serve it to your family. We love this one, and the total cost of the recipe was only $3.39.
Beans and Toast are actually a part of many cultures though the type of bread may change. In parts of the the UK, it’s not uncommon for beans to be served atop scrambled eggs on the toast for breakfast. However you choose to serve your beans on toast, this is a simple meal that’s filling and very frugal. The only cost is for the can of beans and the loaf of bread.
Tomato Rice is one of those recipes that seem too simple to be so tasty. This recipe is good as a side dish, but it can stand it’s own as an entree. You can also add some extra vegetables, to add greater depth of flavor. I love this one, and all it really costs is the price of some rice, and a really large tomato.
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is another version of everyone’s favorite comfort food. Uncooked noodles along with all the other ingredients are mixed together in the slow cooker. A little more than two hours later, you have a large pot full of delicious macaroni and cheese. The total cost of this recipe is $6.59.
Spaghetti Parmesano is so flavorful that it’s hard to believe that it’s such a simple recipe to prepare. Loaded with the flavor of garlic and Parmesan, this is one of Baker’s Man’s favorite pasta dishes because he loves all of the garlic. The total cost of this recipe is about $3.64.
Baked (No-Boil) Macaroni and Cheese is another version of everyone’s favorite comfort food, but this time, it’s baked in the oven. Once again, there’s no need to boil the noodles before assembling the recipe. It’s so simple to prepare that it’s perfect for a family dinner. The total cost of this recipe is only $6.46.
Cannellini Beans and Tomatoes are a tasty combination of beans and pasta. This is a very simple and hearty meal that’s very easy to prepare thanks to the use of canned beans. Baker’s Man even had seconds so this dish is a winner. The cost of a serving of this recipe over pasta is about $1.12.
Beans and Leeks is another healthy and simple combination of beans and vegetables. This time, instead of kale, we used Leeks. Beans and onions, or garlic, are a natural combination. This recipe is delicious when served with moist and delicious corn bread. The total cost of this recipe is only $3.12.
Bubble Pizza starts with a refrigerated biscuit crust which is topped with sauce and your favorite vegetarian pizza toppings. This pizza style casserole is a favorite with our children, and it’s kind to our wallet, too. This recipe, for a cheese bubble pizza costs only $4.09 for eight servings of decadent cheesy goodness.
We hope you enjoy this collection of vegetarian recipes. Give one, or all of them, a try and let us know which is your favorite by leaving a comment below.