18 Hearty Plant-Based Recipes To Satisfy Your Comfort Food Craving (2024)

All those fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds in a plant-based diet is no doubt good for your health, but even the most committed vegans out there crave comfort food classics once in a while, like gooey Mac and cheese or a juicy burger. So whether you're looking to warm up on a chilly day with a bowl of noodle soup or step up game night with sloppy joes made with a vegan twist, these plant-powered comfort food recipes are sure to satisfy.

Spiked Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

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Before we get into peppermint hot chocolate season, give this pumpkin hot cocoa a try. It features a dose of dark rum but if you want to leave that out, it will still taste amazing. (via Brit + Co)

Lebanese Eggplant Moussaka

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Roasted eggplants get an extra dose of flavor with a tomato sauce featuring onion and garlic. Chickpeas also add another texture. (via Brit + Co)

Avocado Fries

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These fries add some healthy fat into your diet while also keeping things gluten-free. Sounds good to us. (via Brit + Co)

Slow Cooker Mac And Cheese

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Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food as far as we're concerned. Making it in the slow cooker makes it easier than ever. (via Brit + Co)

Halloween Jalapeño Poppers

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This might be your average comfort food but it's got two of the most important elements: dough and cheese. The spice adds a nice flavor contrast as well. (via Brit + Co)

Red Sauce Rigatoni

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Pasta dishes make for excellent weeknight dinners because they're easy, warm, and filling. (via Brit + Co)

World Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The next time you go to bake cookies, get a lesson from chocolatier Jacques Torres with this recipe. Our favorite part of the recipe? Adding a little bit of salt on top. (via Brit + Co)

Baked Vegan Ziti

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There's no need to use the stove top for this streamlined baked ziti recipe that only requires a few ingredients, making it a perfect choice for a weeknight meal. (via Brit + Co)

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup

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This easy and soul-warming soup — perfect on a cold, rainy day — gets a flavor boost from smoked paprika. (via Savory Tooth)

1-Hour Vegan Pot Pies

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Don't be put off by the time and labor required to make this recipe: These savory, rich and creamy veggie-packed potpies topped with flaky vegan biscuits are totally worth it! (via Minimalist Baker)

Best Vegan White Mac and Cheese

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When only creamy, decadent mac and cheese will satisfy your desire for classic comfort food, this recipe featuring vegan cream cheese and vegan parmesan hits the spot. Plus, it's ready in 20 minutes! Add your favorite veggies, like broccoli, peas or carrots, to get more "plants" into your dish. (via This Savory Vegan)

Vegetarian Pho Noodle Soup

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With a complex and flavorful broth spiked with ginger, cloves, star anise, white peppercorns and coriander seeds, this Vietnamese-inspired soup is pure comfort in a bowl. (via Omnivore's Cookbook)

Vegan French Onion Soup

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This vegan version of classic French onion soup evokes the rich, satisfying flavor of the original, thanks to the savory broth made with caramelized onions, red wine and soy sauce and croutons topped with gooey cashew cheese. (via Connoisseurus Veg)

Veggie Burgers

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Loaded up with your favorite toppings and condiments, these easy kidney bean burgers will be your new game night go-to. Bonus points: The recipe requires only five ingredients! (via Brit + Co)

Vegan Chickpea Curry

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Tuck into a bowl of creamy coconut milk-infused chickpea curry spiked with Indian spices—so yummy over basmati rice! (via Brit + Co)

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

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This super satisfying one-pot meal features a layer of creamy mashed potatoes atop gravy-laden veggies that have been sautéed with red wine and fresh herbs. Make it vegan by using olive oil instead of the butter and a splash of nondairy milk in the potatoes. (via Pinch of Yum)

Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

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An old-school favorite gets a new school update: Sweet, tangy spiced lentils take the place of ground beef in this hearty plant-based take on sloppy Joes. Try it with a side of vegan slaw—yum! (via Gena Hamshaw for Food52)

Double Chocolate Banana Pumpkin Bread

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Banana bread is already delicious, but add in chocolate *and* pumpkin and you have something that is unbeatable. (via Brit + Co)

Let us know your favorite plant-based comfort food in the comments, and follow us on Pinterest for more recipe ideas!

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