30 Super Quick Vegetarian Dinners (20 minutes or less!) (2024)

If you're as lazy (or just as short on time) as I am, you'll love this collection of my favourite quick vegetarian dinners. They all take a maximum of 20 minutes to prepare - and some are even quicker!

All of these recipes are super simple to put together, they're big on flavour, and of course, they're totally vegetarian.

⏰ 30 Quick Vegetarian Dinners

Without further ado, here are 30 of my favourite quick vegetarian dinner recipes!

Peanut and Sesame Noodles

Total time: 15 minutes

These peanut and sesame noodles are the perfect quick lunch or dinner. They're packed with flavour, and can either be served on their own, or alongside some crispy tofu, veggie gyoza, spring rolls, or whatever other accompaniments you like.

Peanut and Sesame Noodles

These simple peanut and sesame noodles are the perfect Asian-style side dish or main meal, with an irresistibly silky peanut sauce.

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 people

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Creamy Pasta Primavera

Total time: 15 minutes

This creamy pasta recipe can be customised with whatever vegetables you have on hand, so it's a great fridge-clearer. The silky sauce is made with just 2 ingredients, so it couldn't be simpler to make!

15 minute creamy pasta primavera

This creamy pasta primavera is a quick and easy 15 minute dinner that's packed with fresh veggies, with a creamy, cheesy sauce.

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 people

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Air Fryer Quesadillas

⏰ Total time: 10 minutes

Air fryers are fantastic for making food quickly, and they can crisp up a cheesy quesadilla in no time at all! In just 10 minutes, you'll be digging into a tasty quesadilla stuffed with cheese and veggies. Serve it with a dollop of guacamole or a simple salad for a really satisfying meal.

10 Minute Air Fryer Quesadillas

Whipped up in just 10 minutes, these air fryer quesadillas are quick and easy to make, with whatever fillings you have on hand!

Total time: 10 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 small quesadillas

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Creamy White Beans with Goat Cheese

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

Beans are a great high-protein base for any meal, and I love how customisable this recipe is. I like to add whatever vegetables I have on hand, especially those that cook quickly, like peas, spinach, and tomatoes.

Creamy white beans with goat's cheese

A healthier comforting dinner that can be whipped up in just 15 minutes!

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 person

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Tex-Mex Cheesesteak Sandwiches

⏰ Total time: 20 minutes

I adore Tex-Mex food, and these vegetarian cheesesteaks are the perfect example. Spicy sautéed vegetables, melted cheese, and fresh avocado for topping - all the good stuff. And they only take 20 minutes!

Tex-Mex vegetarian cheesesteak sandwiches

A twist on a classic American recipe, with plenty of veg and gooey melted cheese, these Tex-Mex vegetarian cheesesteak sandwiches are the perfect easy hot lunch!

Total time: 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 people

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Creamy Chickpea Curry

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

Curry in 15 minutes - what could be better! Canned chickpeas mean this tasty vegetarian curry comes together in no time, and a splash of cream transforms it into something really special. Use coconut milk instead if you'd prefer a vegan curry!

15 Minute Creamy Chickpea Curry

A quick and easy vegetarian curry that's made with straightforward ingredients, but is still full of flavour!

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 people

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Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

Whether you're vegan or not, this cream of mushroom soup is irresistible! If you have a blender on hand, it can be blitzed up in just 15 minutes, and the secret ingredient makes it insanely thick and creamy.

Vegan cream of mushroom soup

This vegan cream of mushroom soup is made with a secret ingredient that makes it unbelievably rich and creamy - but still totally vegan!

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 4 bowls

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Halloumi Piccata

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

I absolutely adore halloumi, and this is one of my favourite halloumi recipes of all time! Thick slices of fried halloumi, served in a buttery sauce with garlicky mushrooms, salty capers and lemon juice... It really is something special. I like to serve it over buttery pasta noodles.

Halloumi Piccata

A super simple vegetarian dinner in just 15 minutes! This halloumi piccata is an irresistible mixture of lemon, butter and capers, served over salty halloumi cheese.

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 people

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Veggie Chow Mein

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

Chow mein is one of my go-to dishes to order when we order Chinese food, but it's so simple to make at home too. I like to use a bag of mixed stir fry vegetables to make it even easier and cheaper to cook.

Veggie chow mein

Veggie chow mein is a quick and easy Chinese noodle dish that can be fried up in just 15 minutes, and is a great fridge clearer!

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 3 people

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Mushroom Stroganoff

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

This mushroom stroganoff is one of my most popular recipes, and for good reason! It's a seriously tasty vegetarian stew that can be whipped up in just 15 minutes, yet is still absolutely packed with flavour. It's great served with rice, pasta, or mashed potato.

15 minute mushroom stroganoff

This quick mushroom stroganoff recipe makes a healthy, tasty meal in just 15 minutes!

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 people

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Vegetable Stroganoff

⏰ Total time: 20 minutes

If you're not a huge mushroom fan, try this vegetable stroganoff instead! It takes very slightly longer to prepare, just because there are more different vegetables to chop, but still makes a really quick and tasty dinner.

20 minute vegetable stroganoff

This vegetable stroganoff is a great fridge-clearer, packed with all sorts of veggies in a rich and creamy stroganoff sauce.

Total time: 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 people

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Enchilada Noodles

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

I love combining my two favourite cuisines - Italian and Tex-Mex. These enchilada noodles are coated in a seriously easy homemade enchilada sauce, and lend themselves perfectly to all my favourite Tex-Mex toppings, like sour cream, guacamole and cilantro.

Enchilada noodles

These enchilada noodles are a quick and easy pasta dish with lots of flavour - perfect with plenty of Tex-Mex style toppings!

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 person

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Mafale Pasta with Spinach and Goat Cheese

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

I love preparing a pasta sauce at the same time as the pasta is cooking - then, as soon as the pasta is ready, the two can be mixed together, and it's on the table in 15 minutes flat. This recipe uses creamy goat cheese and spinach to make a luxuriously silky sauce.

Mafalde Pasta with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Mafalde pasta in a luxuriously glossy spinach and goat cheese sauce, topped with toasted pine nuts. On the table in just 15 minutes!

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 3 people

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Creamy Cowboy Caviar

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

Despite its slightly weird name, cowboy caviar is actually just a simple bean salad, with all sorts of fresh, crunchy mix-ins. My version is made extra special by adding a creamy avocado dressing, and it's so easy to adapt the recipe to use your favourite ingredients. You just need to scoop it up with some pitta bread or tortilla chips, and you've got yourself a full meal.

Creamy Cowboy Caviar (with Avocado Dressing)

This creamy cowboy caviar is an irresistible version of a simple bean salad, with fresh flavours and a creamy avocado dressing.

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 6 people

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Red Thai Curry Noodle Soup

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

A few simple short cuts mean this unbelievably tasty noodle soup can be made with just 4 ingredients! I like to use a bag of mixed stir fry vegetables, as it saves so much prep time, plus it's cheaper than buying each vegetable individually.

Quick Red Thai Curry Noodle Soup

Get dinner on the table in just 15 minutes with this quick and easy red Thai curry noodle soup! You'll need just 4 ingredients for this seriously flavourful dinner.

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 3 people

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Lemon and Black Pepper Chickpeas

⏰ Total time: 10 minutes

Roasted chickpeas are one of my go-to quick meals, and they're so versatile. You can add whatever flavourings you like - this version has lemon and black pepper, which is such a classic combination. Here I served them simply with some salad and pitta bread, but roasted chickpea wraps are also incredible.

Lemon and Black Pepper Chickpeas

These lemon and black pepper chickpeas are the perfect lunch - they're incredibly tasty, full of goodness, and take just minutes to make!

Total time: 10 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 people

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Creamy Garlic Mushroom Tagliatelle

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

Garlic sautéed mushrooms have got to be one of the best creations ever - and even more so when they're combined with a creamy, cheesy sauce and long ribbons of fresh tagliatelle.

Creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle

This creamy garlic mushroom tagliatelle is the perfect date night dinner - it can be on the table in 15 minutes, and the flavours are incredible!

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 people

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Sweet and Spicy Halloumi

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

The sticky sauce on this fried halloumi is sweet, spicy, salty... all the good stuff. It's seriously irresistible. Serve it with rice, pasta, wrapped up in a pitta bread - however you want to.

Sweet and Spicy Halloumi

This sweet and spicy halloumi can be ready in just 15 minutes, and it's got incredible flavour - it's sweet and sticky, spicy, and salty, all at once.

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 3 people

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Five Guys Cheese Veggie Sandwich

⏰ Total time: 20 minutes

Five Guys is one of my favourite fast food places, and it's 100% down to their cheese veggie sandwich. It sounds so simple, but buttery vegetables and melty cheese sandwiched inside a soft burger bun is seriously heaven on a plate. And it's really quick and easy to recreate at home!

Five Guys cheese veggie sandwich

A super easy copycat recipe for the Five Guys cheese veggie sandwich - one of my favourite vegetarian fast food options ever!

Total time: 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 3 sandwiches

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Vegetarian Egg Fu Yung

⏰ Total time: 20 minutes

Egg fu yung may not be the most beautiful dish on the planet, but man, it tastes amazing! It's a simple egg recipe with vegetables and soy sauce, but somehow it tastes so much better than the sum of its parts.

Vegetarian egg fu yung

A classic Chinese egg dish with plenty of veggies - so simple, but so much flavour! And healthy too!

Total time: 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 3 people

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Cheesy Lentil Pasta

⏰ Total time: 20 minutes

At least half the time when I'm cooking pasta, I'll throw a handful of red lentils into the pan too. They cook in about the same time as the pasta, and they make the meal much more hearty and filling - not to mention, adding extra protein and iron too. This cheesy lentil pasta is one of my go-to quick dinners!

Cheesy Lentil Pasta

This cheesy lentil pasta is the perfect hearty comfort food - made in just 20 minutes, with 6 store cupboard ingredients! Plus it's kid friendly and full of goodness.

Total time: 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 4 people

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Black Bean and Walnut Tacos

⏰ Total time: 20 minutes

If you have a food processor, it takes no time at all to blitz up this simple black bean taco 'meat'. I like to serve it in soft tortillas, with plenty of fresh toppings!

Black bean and walnut tacos

These black bean and walnut tacos are quick and easy to make, with a simple homemade vegetarian taco 'meat' and plenty of extra toppings!

Total time: 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 6 tacos

Get the recipe here!

Perfect Welsh Rarebit

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

I tend to serve Welsh rarebit at lunchtime, but there's no reason it couldn't make a tasty dinner too. It's a classic British recipe, made with crispy toast, topped with a cheesy sauce, and grilled to perfection. Just add a bit of salad or some veg on the side, and you've got a simple and quick meal.

Perfect Welsh Rarebit

A traditional British recipe, this perfect Welsh rarebit is the ultimate quick and easy lunch - made with a gooey cheese sauce, and grilled to perfection on crispy bread.

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 2

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Greek Quesadillas

⏰ Total time: 10 minutes

Quesadillas are such a good quick dinner option. Stuff them with whatever fillings you like (it's a great way to use up leftovers!), and cook them until they're nice and crispy. Dinner in 10 minutes!

These ones are inspired by my favourite Greek salad, filled with fresh vegetables, olives and feta cheese.

Greek quesadillas

A quick and easy lunch option - Greek quesadillas, filled with black olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, and lots more!

Total time: 10 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 people

Get the recipe here!

Tomato and Mascarpone Pasta

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

One of my favourite pasta sauces is made with fresh tomatoes and a good dollop of creamy mascarpone sauce. It's simple ingredients, used to create something spectacular! I love it served over linguine or tagliatelle.

15 Minute Tomato and Mascarpone Pasta

A quick and easy pasta recipe, made with fresh tomatoes and ultra creamy mascarpone cheese. An irresistible dinner, on the table in 15 minutes!

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 3 people

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Avocado and Halloumi Wraps

⏰ Total time: 10 minutes

These avocado and halloumi wraps can be on the table in just 10 minutes, so they make a great quick lunch or dinner. We all know how incredible grilled halloumi is, and along with mashed avocado and sun-dried tomatoes, it's a seriously good combination.

Avocado and halloumi wraps

These avocado and halloumi wraps are an incredibly tasty vegetarian lunch option - everything works so beautifully together!

Total time: 10 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 people

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Tuscan Beans with Artichokes and Spinach

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

Here's another great fridge-clearer - creamy white beans with all sorts of tasty mix-ins. This version uses garlicky vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes and marinated artichokes - just cook it all together in a pan, and dinner is ready!

15 minute Tuscan beans with artichokes and spinach

These Tuscan beans are not only packed with tasty Italian flavours, the recipe is also so easy to adapt - and it can be on the table in just 15 minutes!

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 people

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Black Bean Soup

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

This super simple soup is one of my favourite ways to use black beans. They don't need much to make them tasty - just a few simple spices and whatever toppings you choose.

15 minute black bean soup

This recipe makes one perfect portion of black bean soup in just 15 minutes. It's super tasty, quick and versatile!

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 bowlful

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Homemade Baked Beans

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

Beans on toast is a classic British recipe, and it's a go-to quick dinner for any Brit. Using homemade baked beans is an easy way to take this easy meal up a notch. If you don't fancy toast, baked beans are also fantastic served with a fried egg and some mushrooms as part of a vegetarian full English breakfast!

Homemade vegetarian baked beans

Baked beans are a British staple! Try these homemade vegetarian baked beans for a gourmet version - made in just 15 minutes.

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 people

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Layered Tortilla Wraps

⏰ Total time: 15 minutes

These folded tortillas may not be trending on TikTok any more, but they remain a seriously quick and easy way to make a tasty meal using whatever ingredients you have on hand. Just top each quarter of a large wrap with a different filling, fold it up, and grill until crispy.

Layered Tortilla Wraps

This layered tortilla hack has been going viral on TikTok, as it's such an easy way to make a delicious lunch with any number of different fillings. Here's my version (plus 10 alternative filling ideas!).

Total time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 person

Get the recipe here!

👌 9 Top Tips for Making a Quick Dinner

I'm the queen of lazy cooking, and over the years, I've learned all sorts of little tricks to help me cut corners. The goal is to end up with a meal that's delicious and full of nutrition, but that doesn't take ages to make!

  1. Plan your meals. I've been doing this a lot more lately, and I can't believe the difference it makes at mealtimes. No more dithering in the kitchen - each day I know exactly what I'm going to be cooking, and I know exactly what ingredients I'll use. It speeds me up considerably (and also ensures we eat more exciting, more varied meals too!). Here's a free meal planner printable for you to try out - just write down your planned meals while you're creating your week's shopping list.
  2. Frozen vegetables are your friend! They contain just as much goodness as fresh veg (according to the British Heart Foundation), but they don't require any washing, peeling, or chopping - which cuts down on your prep time considerably!
  3. Bags of mixed vegetables are also a great way to cut down on prep time. Shop-bought stir fry mixes (with bean sprouts, carrots, onions, mange tout, etc.) mean you can use multiple different types of vegetables without having to prepare each veg individually. I've also seen packets of casserole vegetable mixes, containing veg like leeks, carrots and potatoes, which make a really good stew with little effort.
  4. Batch cooking can be a great way to pretty much halve the time you spend cooking. Just cook a double batch of each meal, and keep the leftovers for the next day (or freeze them for later). Cook once, eat twice!
  5. Even if you're not into full-on batch cooking, preparing certain things in bulk will save you a lot of time. For example, if you're making jacket potatoes for dinner one night, cook a few extra so you have some ready to use in a potato bake the next day! Or if you're cooking a homemade pasta sauce, make a double batch, and stir the leftover sauce through a tomato risotto the next day.
  6. There's no shame in short cuts. I like to cook the majority of things from scratch, but if it will save you a lot of time to use a shop-bought sauce, for example, go for it. I also use canned beans a lot more than I use dried beans, as they are so much quicker!
  7. Air fryers can cook food in significantly less time than a large oven can. These days I only tend to use my oven if something won't fit in the air fryer!
  8. All-in-one meals tend to be quicker and easier to make than meals that require several side dishes. Check out my list of one pot meals for some inspiration!
  9. Clean as you go. Rubbish goes straight in the bin, used dishes go straight in the dishwasher, splashes and spills get wiped up immediately... It will almost eradicate the need to clean up after dinner, and it helps you to stay in control of whatever you're cooking. I don't always manage this one, but it definitely makes a noticeable difference!

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The article highlights 30 quick vegetarian dinner recipes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. It includes a variety of dishes, such as Peanut and Sesame Noodles, Creamy Pasta Primavera, Air Fryer Quesadillas, Creamy White Beans with Goat Cheese, Tex-Mex Cheesesteak Sandwiches, Creamy Chickpea Curry, Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup, Halloumi Piccata, Veggie Chow Mein, Mushroom Stroganoff, Vegetable Stroganoff, Enchilada Noodles, Mafale Pasta with Spinach and Goat Cheese, Creamy Cowboy Caviar, Red Thai Curry Noodle Soup, Lemon and Black Pepper Chickpeas, Creamy Garlic Mushroom Tagliatelle, Sweet and Spicy Halloumi, Five Guys Cheese Veggie Sandwich, Vegetarian Egg Fu Yung, Cheesy Lentil Pasta, Black Bean and Walnut Tacos, Perfect Welsh Rarebit, Greek Quesadillas, Tomato and Mascarpone Pasta, Avocado and Halloumi Wraps, Tuscan Beans with Artichokes and Spinach, Black Bean Soup, Homemade Baked Beans, and Layered Tortilla Wraps.

The article also provides 9 top tips for making quick dinners, including planning meals, using frozen vegetables, utilizing bags of mixed vegetables, batch cooking, preparing certain ingredients in bulk, embracing short cuts, using air fryers, opting for all-in-one meals, and practicing clean-as-you-go.

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