7 Red Wine-Friendly Vegetarian Dishes

By F&W Editors Posted April 08, 2016

You don't need steak to break out the Cabernet.

Just because you’ve gone vegetarian doesn’t mean you have to give up red wine with dinner. Meat-free dishes can definitely stand up to a full-bodied Cabernet or rich Malbec—you just have to prepare them correctly. Here, the best red wine-friendly vegetarian recipes to make.

1. Vegan Enchiladas

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The earthy mushrooms and sweet squash in these rich and tangy enchiladas go perfectly with a fruity Pinot Noir.

2. Miso-Roasted Eggplants with Tomatoes, Dill, Shiso and Black Vinegar

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Try a lively Beaujolais with this fantastic, crazy-colorful vegetarian dish.

3. Fried Tofu with Spicy Ginger-Sesame Sauce

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Tofu is an unlikely partner for red wine, but in this recipe by Young Hwa Chung a soy-ginger glaze works well with Cabernet Sauvignon.

4. Green-Lentil Curry

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Fragrant, herbal Pinot Noir compliments the Indian spices in this hearty curry.

5. Ratatouille Tart

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Morgon, a Beaujolais cru, produces medium-bodied, juicy wines that are fantastic with the tomatoes and eggplant in this tart.

6. Eggplant & Porcini “Meatballs” in Tomato Sauce

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Medium-bodied red wines go best with meatballs and tomato sauce—even vegetarian versions. Try a California red made with an Italian grape variety, like Sangiovese or Barbera.

7. Fusilli with Artichoke Hearts with Parmesan Cream

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Artichokes usually make wines seem sweeter. Accordingly, we suggest a red with loads of acidity like a Barbera or Dolcetto from the Piedmont region of Italy.


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