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22 of the best vegan comfort food recipes

by Malou Herkes

published on 17 December 2018

Looking for a plant-based pick-me-up? Check out these comforting, heart-warming vegan suppers. Whether you're in the market for alternatives to the old-school classics, like cauliflower cheese and spaghetti bolognese, or hearty dinners that just happen to be vegan, we've got you covered. 

Southern Fried Cauliflower from Vegan Comfort Classics by Lauren Toyota

This outrageously delicious Southern Fried Cauliflower (the vegan cousin of the ultimate American comfort food) from Vegan Comfort Classics is equally heavenly. It has the same irresistible crunch, the tender meaty centre, the perfect hit of salt and spice, and, unsurprisingly, once you start eating it it's impossible to stop.

From the book

Vegetable Chilli from Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats: Tasty plant-based recipes for every day by Rachel Ama

If you're feeding a crowd, this warmly spiced one-pot chilli is a fail-safe. It's packed with legumes and veggies, and is especially delicious served with brown rice, fresh coriander, and sliced avocado. 

Get Rachel Ama's Vegan Eats here.

Peanut Butter and Purple Sprouting Broccoli Pad Thai from East by Meera Sodha 

If noodles are your go-to comfort food, you'll love this vegan version of the takeaway classic pad thai, as featured in Meera Sodha's East. Thick rice noodles covered in a delicious peanut and lime sauce make for an incredibly satisfying base, while purple sprouting broccoli adds a moreish crunch.

Get East here.

Ainsley Harriott Vegan Tagine Recipe

Squash and Sweet Potato Tagine with Lemon and Pistachio Couscous from Ainsley’s Mediterranean Cookbook by Ainsley Harriott

Mediterranean cuisine, with its emphasis on grains, vegetables, and oils, lends itself very well to vegan cooking. This flavour-packed tagine from Ainsley Harriott is no exception – the natural sweetness of the squash and sweet potato is heightened with warming spices, and offset by a fresh-tasting lemon and pistachio couscous.

Get your copy of Ainsley's Mediterranean Cookbook here.

Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese Table Manners Recipe

Aubergine and Puy Lentil Bolognese from Table Manners: The Cookbook by Jessie Ware & Lennie Ware

This vegan alternative to spag bol is as good as the real thing with lentils, sticky Medjool dates, red wine and earthy spices. Blending half the lentils at the end gives a perfect texture, too. Serve with vegan cheese.

Get Table Manners: The Cookbook here.

vegan comfort recipes Squash & Lentil Curry with Thai Gremolata from Eat Green by Melissa Hemsley

Squash & Lentil Curry with Thai Gremolata from Eat Green by Melissa Hemsley

This healthy mid-winter dinner embraces hearty roots and plenty of spice, and can be made in a big batch at the beginning of the week. Top with zesty nuts and herbs for added texture and freshness.

Order your copy of Eat Green here.

Vegan Juna Pasta from Rachel Ama's Vegan Eats by Rachel Ama

Tuna pasta is a staple of student kitchens everywhere, and with very good reason: it's tasty, comforting, and won't break the bank. In this recipe from Rachel Ama's Vegan Eats, Rachel Ama creates a clever, plant-based version of the dish using jackfruit in place of the tuna for a meal that's just a delicious and budget-friendly as the original. 

Get Rachel Ama's Vegan Eats here.

Comfort Pie from The Self-Care Cookbook by Gemma Ogston

This is precisely the kind of dish you crave on blustery winter evenings: warmly spiced chickpeas, lentils, and kidney beans with a fluffy potato topping. It's substantial, tasty, and utterly comforting. 

Get The Self-Care Cookbook here.

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One-Pot Vegan Spag Bol from The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness by The Happy Pear

In need of a truly tasty bolognese, minus the fuss? Check out this delicious One-Pot Vegan Spag Bol recipe from The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness. The trick here is to cook the spaghetti in the sauce so it sucks up all those lovely flavours. Comforting, tasty and healthy, too.

Get The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness here.

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Braised veggie sausages from Proper Healthy Food by Nick Knowles

Nick Knowles' simple one-pot recipe for Braised veggie sausages with cherry tomatoes and cannellini beans cooked in cider is vegan comfort food at its best. From his book, Proper Healthy Food, this recipe has delicious warming flavours and easy-to-follow steps. 

Buy a copy of Proper Healthy Food here.

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Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich from Vegan Comfort Classics by Lauren Toyota

When this Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich went viral, we knew it had to be good. The cauliflower steaks are coated in panko breadcrumbs and are so tasty you certainly won't miss chicken. Find more recipes like this from YouTube sensation Lauren Toyota of the hit vegan channel, Hot for Food, in her cookbook, Vegan Comfort Classics.

Buy Vegan Comfort Classics here.

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Man-Up Caribbean Veg Curry from Proper Healthy Food by Nick Knowles

Wow your friends and family with this lip-tingling Man-Up Caribbean Veg Curry with fresh roti. From Proper Healthy Food this curry is jam-packed with delicious veg and a good amount of heat. 

Buy a copy of Proper Healthy Food here.

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Cauliflower Cashew Cheese from Peace and Parsnips by Lee Watson

Lee Watson reinvents the comfort classic, cauliflower cheese in this Cauliflower Cashew Cheese recipe from Peace and Parsnips. In his words: “we pull out all the vegan stops here to replicate a creamy cheese sauce and it works – your mouth enjoys the richness and ‘cheesiness’ of the dish, but your belly is light as a feather and your heart loves you”. Silky, oozy and with all the cheesiness of the old school favourite. 

Buy a copy of Peace and Parsnips here.

Vegan Lasagne from The World of The Happy Pear by The Happy Pear

A plant-based take on the classic family favourite, this Vegan Lasagne from The World of The Happy Pear manages to be both comforting and nutritious. It's a great option for feeding a crowd, and the ridiculously moreish basil cashew cream sauce will have everyone asking for seconds.  

Buy The World of The Happy Pear here.

Rainbow Lentil Meatballs from There's a Vegan in the House by DK Publishing

As far as we're concerned, comfort food equals a steaming hot bowl of pasta. This rich and satisfying recipe for Rainbow Lentil Meatballs from There's a Vegan in the House is guaranteed to become a go-to family favourite. 

Buy There's a Vegan in the House here.

Loaded Sweet Potatoes from Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon

A twist on the American classic, these Loaded Sweet Potatoes from Oh She Glows Every Day are the perfect comforting fix on a busy weeknight. 

Get a copy of Oh She Glows Every Day here.

Bacon Mac and Cheese from Vegan Comfort Classics by Lauren Toyota

If you were frantically scrolling down the page looking for mac and cheese, we've got you covered. Not just any mac and cheese, but Vegan Comfort Classic's mouthwateringly tasty Bacon Mac and Cheese, no less. Made with shiitake mushroom 'bacon' and swimming in the creamiest vegan cheese sauce, comfort food just got taken to a whole new level. 

Buy Vegan Comfort Classic here.

Portobello Pecan Burger from Peace and Parsnips by Lee Watson

For the burger lovers out there, Lee Watson's Portobello Pecan Burger from Peace and Parsnips is a real winner. It's packed with mushrooms, beans and aubergine and is bursting with the delicious flavours of miso, toasted pecans and herbs, accompanied by tasty pumpkin wedges. 

Buy a copy of Peace and Parsnips here.

Sweet and Sour Tofu from Buddha Bowls by Hannah Pemberton

This comforting and flavour-packed Buddha Bowls recipe for Sweet and Sour Tofu is easy to throw together making it ideal for a busy weeknight, and is guaranteed to rival any local Chinese takeaway. 

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Minestrone with Fregola and Herb Oil from Ainsley’s Mediterranean Cookbook by Ainsley Harriott

Ainsley recreates a Sardinian classic with this rustic minestrone soup. Fregola, a couscous-like pasta grain, is an excellent addition if you can get it, but any small pasta would work well here. 

Get your copy of Ainsley's Mediterranean Cookbook here.

Vegan Comfort Food Recipe Sweet and Sour Jackfruit

Sweet and Sour Jackfruit Fakeaway from One Pot Vegan by Roxy Pope & Ben Pook

Craving your favourite takeaway? Why not try One Pot Vegan's mouth-watering plant-based take on the classic Chinese takeaway dish, sweet and sour? This “fakeaway” is made with chunks of meaty jackfruit in an addictively tangy sauce.

Order your copy of One Pot Vegan now from Waterstones, Amazon, or an independent bookshop.

Lentil Balls with Tomato Sauce from Little Veggie Eats: Easy Weaning Recipes for All the Family to Enjoy by Rachel Boyett

These lentil balls are guaranteed to be a hit with kids and adults alike. They make a hearty meal in themselves, but can also be served with pasta, fresh bread, or mashed potato.

Get your copy of Little Veggie Eats here.


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