A plate of macaroni and cheese with a fork on the side.
David Leite
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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This baked macaroni and cheese recipe is the best and easy to make. The bread crumbs on top and creamy comfort food underneath are proof that homemade tastes infinitely better than that store-bought stuff in the blue box. Here’s how to make it.
A white bowl filled filled with a healthy gado gado salad
Elizabeth Cecil
2 of 10

Healthy Gado Gado Salad

This healthy gado gado salad is made with brown rice, eggs, carrots, red cabbage, and mangoes. Drizzled on top is a vegetarian peanut sauce. Quick, easy, and delicious. Oh, it's kid friendly, too.
Layers of pasta with mushrooms, spinach, and bechamel sauce between each layer.
Hirsheimer & Hamilton
3 of 10

Three-Cheese Vegetarian Lasagna

Three-cheese vegetarian lasagna is easy and exceptional and even sorta elegant anytime of year BUT we especially welcome it at the Thanksgiving table when we need something vegetarian and lovely. Here’s exactly how to make it plus what kind of cheeses work best.
A person removing a slice of fresh tomato tart with a lifter and a bowl of pesto and black pepper on the side.
Cenk Sönmezsoy
4 of 10

Fresh Tomato Tart

This fresh tomato tart is laden with slices of summer tomato—preferably heirloom—on an herbed crust topped with creamy goat cheese and finished with a pesto vinaigrette. Elegant and impressive yet (shhhhh!) really quite easy.
Four individual mushroom wellingtons with spinach and walnuts on a squares of parchment paper.
Nassima Rothacker
5 of 10

Mushroom Wellingtons with Spinach

This mushroom wellington with spinach is essentially a meaty portobello mushroom and spinach-walnut filling in flaky puff pastry. A spectacular vegan and vegetarian option, whether for Thanksgiving or any time of year. And you can easily assemble it ahead of time and bake it at the last moment.
A broccoli rabe pizza cut into squares on a grey background.
Erin Kunkel
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Broccoli Rabe and Olive Pizza

We’re not saying broccoli rabe pizza is going to replace sausage pizza in your heart and appetite. But the hearty and healthy vegetarian option is drawing raves from everyone we know, especially when made with a whole-wheat crust.
A stuffed roast winter squash with blue cheese on a rimmed baking sheet.
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Roast Winter Squash With Blue Cheese

This roast winter squash with blue cheese combines tangy Gorgonzola cheese and tender roasted butternut squash for an easy, elegant vegetarian main dish.
A pepper and egg sandwich on a wooden table with pieces of pepper and onion falling out.
Quentin Bacon
8 of 10

Pepper and Egg Sandwich

This pepper and egg sandwich is simply (and satisfyingly) scrambled eggs along with sweet bell peppers and onions and stuffed into bread. An Italian American staple perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in between. Here’s how to make it.
Four curried cauliflower and potato pasties in a metal baking dish with a pink and white striped towel on the edge.
John Carey
9 of 10

Curried Cauliflower and Potato Pasties

These curried cauliflower and potato pasties are classic British comfort food made with an Indian spiced tomato, potato, and cauliflower filling encased in flaky hot water pastry. Yes, please.
A bowl of caramelized onion ramen with chile, choy sum, and soft boiled egg.
David Loftus
10 of 10

Caramelized Onion Ramen with Chile

This caramelized onion ramen with chile is a hybrid unlike anything else. Vegetable based ramen that takes inspiration from French onion soup, bringing together the best of both—brown miso, ramen noodles, chiles, caramelized onions, all topped off with soy eggs. East meets West, indeed.

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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