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Vegetarian roast dinner recipes

by Marina Hopkins

published on 21 March 2019

Being vegetarian shouldn’t mean missing out on some of your favourite mealtime rituals, and a classic, comforting Sunday roast is a prime example. It doesn’t have to be all nut roasts either (wonderful as they are, of course). From whole-roasted veg centrepieces to meat-free gravy, take your pick from these inspired vegetarian roast dinner recipes. Looking for vegan options? Head to our collection of vegan roasts.

Main Courses

Whole Roasted Celeriac

Whole Roasted Celeriac

by Sophie Gordon

Sophie Gordon’s whole roast celeriac in a rich mushroom gravy makes an impressive centrepiece. Serve with all of your usual trimmings.

Roast Trio of Cheeses

Nadiya Hussain’s Roast Trio of Cheeses

This unique dish presents a glorious golden melty trio of burrata, halloumi and feta roasted alongside seasonal vegetables. Top with pomegranate seeds for a pop of freshness.

Vegetarian Nut Wellington

Vegetarian Nut Wellington

by Elly Pear

A fresh take on the classic vegetarian Wellington, this dish is bursting with vibrant flavours of thyme, sage, and apple. It’s Elly Pear’s go-to Christmas Day recipe, but it makes for an impressive addition to your Sunday roast repertoire and should by no means be confined to the festive season.

jamie oliver veggie crown

Jamie Oliver’s Veggie Crown

Inspired by the Scottish clootie dumpling, this impressive dish is packed full of slow-roasted vegetables and plenty of cheddar cheese. A filling main course, slices of this roast also make for a delicious stuffing alternative.

Roast Aubergine and Tomato Nut Roast with Macadamia Mustard Sauce

Roast Aubergine and Tomato Nut Roast with Macadamia Mustard Sauce

by Lee Watson

For a Mediterranean twist on a traditional vegetarian dish, Lee Watson’s roast aubergine and tomato nut roast makes for a flavour-packed main course. The creamy vegan macadamia and mustard sauce is a welcome addition, and it goes perfectly with some roasted veg on the side. 

Chestnut and Cashew Wellington

Chestnut and Cashew Wellington

Who needs beef when chestnuts and cashews make such a wholesome and satisfying filling for this British classic? This genius recipe from The Happy Pear duo is one of our vegetarian roast dinner favourites, and is suitable for vegans too.

Jamie Oliver’s Vegetarian Nut Roast

Jamie Oliver’s Vegetarian Nut Roast

Served with a rich and spicy tomato sauce, this moreish nut roast is the perfect centrepiece for any roast.

Celeriac Hasselback ‘Ham’ (Rotselleri ‘Hasselback Style’)

Celeriac Hasselback ‘Ham’ (Rotselleri ‘Hasselback Style’)

Go Scandinavian with Rachel Khoo’s hasselback celeriac, inspired by Swedish cuisine. This dish not only looks beautiful on a plate, but it’s also packed with warming, nutty flavours and makes for tasty leftovers too (like any good roast). 

Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomegranate, Pine Nuts and Rose

Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomegranate, Pine Nuts and Rose

by Josh Katz

Wow your guests with this masterpiece from Josh Katz’s cookbook, inspired by his popular London restaurant, Berber & Q. This roasted whole cauliflower makes a brilliant centrepiece for a vegetarian roast, and is a great one to go for if you’re looking to mix up your usual roast dinner menu. Scatter with dried rose petals, parsley and pomegranate seeds for a Middle Eastern touch that’s easy on the eyes, adding a bright pop of colour as well as flavour. 

Baked Squash Stuffed with Nutty Cranberry-spiked Rice

Baked Squash Stuffed with Nutty Cranberry-spiked Rice

Although this recipe is from Jamie’s much-loved Christmas cookbook, we can assure you that this dish is certainly not just for Christmas. The delicious baked squash combined with flavours of fresh sage and cranberry make the ultimate comforting main course for a Sunday roast.


Side Dishes

While the centrepiece of your roast is the star of the show, the side dishes play an essential supporting role in any roast. Here are a few ideas for some vegetarian dishes that will wow your guests, but be sure to check out our full list of vegan and vegetarian roast side dishes for more inspiration.

Vegan Gravy

Vegan Gravy

Where would we be without a recipe for gravy to pour all over our glorious roast dinner? Swap the meat juices for vegetable stock, onion, and soy sauce to get those meaty flavours that are such a necessary addition to any roast dinner. 

Rosemary Roast Potatoes

Rosemary Roast Potatoes

by Sophie Grigson

When it comes to roast dinners, you just can’t beat the classics. Sophie Grigson’s recipe for rosemary roast potatoes is a case in point, infused with the traditional flavours of rosemary and garlic, and cut into small chunks for extra crispiness. 

Honeyed Parsnip Quinoa with Chilli, Cardamom and Orange

Honeyed Parsnip Quinoa with Chilli, Cardamom and Orange

by Rachel de Thample
from FIVE

Spice up your roasted veggies with this beautiful roast parsnip and quinoa dish, brightened up with a good kick of chilli and juicy slices of fresh orange. We love making this recipe as a side dish, but the mix of veggies with grains also makes it substantial enough to work as a main. 

Beautiful Brussels

Jamie Oliver’s Beautiful Brussels with Clementine, Nutmeg and Cinnamon

Let your brussel sprouts shine in this zesty recipe from Jamie Oliver, lightly spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Roast Pumpkin with Feta and Oregano

Roast Pumpkin with Feta and Oregano

by Lizzie Kamenetzky

This easy side dish has a wonderful balance of flavour with the sweet roasted pumpkin and the salty feta.

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