Nowadays, vegetarians can enjoy food that's as exciting, colourful and full of flavour as the dishes enjoyed by meat-eaters. It wasn't always so! Delia has drawn on some of the best cuisines in the world to bring you a selection of vegetarian recipes that will have you spoilt for choice!
Roasting tomatoes results in a soup that's packed with intense flavour, while the addition of basil brings out the very best in this Mediterranean ingredient.
We all know that pulses are a brilliant source of fibre and protein, so if you want to up your intake, this soup is just one way of doing so. The cannellini beans give the soup a creamy texture and the flavour is out of this world!
The combination of parsnips, apple and spices is original and truly delectable: an unusual soup that's certain to become a regular in your repertoire.
Low-fat recipes often need quite assertive ingredients in order to give you plenty of taste and flavour: this lovely Japanese-inspired soup is a great example, with shiitake mushrooms adding punch and meaty depth.
Just as the Spanish have tortilla, the Italians enjoy frittata, cooked slowly to keep the eggs moist. Here, Delia has used melting cheese and a mixture of mushrooms for a wonderful vegetarian dish.
Cauliflower and broccoli are both fantastic on the health front but can be a tad dull if just boiled or steamed. This lovely gratin is full of flavour and a great way of serving wintry veg.
Roasted pumpkin takes on plenty of toasty flavours - add melting cheese and this soup is truly sensational!
Traditionally we use butter to enrich mashed potatoes, but try this Italian-inspired version using garlicky olive oil. It's brilliant with roasted and grilled meats and fish.
Sharp, jewel-like cranberries combine brilliantly with red cabbage, at Christmas and any other time. Make this to bring vibrant colour and flavour to your Sunday roast!
The earthiness of mushrooms and porcini is complemented superbly by the toasty nuttiness of Madeira to give you a soup, made from a bought mushroom sauce, that can be served at even the most luxurious meal.
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