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The Best Vegetarian Stuffing

My Vegetarian Stuffing recipe will be the hit of your holiday table for both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike! 

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I’m so happy to be sharing this Vegetarian Stuffing recipe with you today.  It is one of my tried and true recipes… one that I make for my family every year.  They have come to love and look forward to it as much as I do.

This dish truly comes from the heart.

The Best Vegetarian Stuffing recipe / Running in a Skirt

The Best Vegetarian Stuffing Recipe

You see… I adore Thanksgiving.  But the turkey is not the star of the show for me.  Being a pescatarian (a vegetarian who eats seafood and fish,) this Vegetarian Stuffing recipe is actually my true Thanksgiving food love.

It is the star of my meal.

The Best Vegetarian Stuffing recipe / Running in a Skirt

When you have ingredients like this, why do you need to add meat?

The Best Vegetarian Stuffing recipe / Running in a Skirt

This vegetarian stuffing recipe starts off with cubed French bread.

The Best Vegetarian Stuffing recipe / Running in a Skirt

Next add fresh sage and dried cranberries to pan.

Isn’t it pretty?

The Best Vegetarian Stuffing recipe / Running in a Skirt

Then chop all sorts of vegetable goodness to add flavor.  See the apples in there??!!!!

The Best Vegetarian Stuffing recipe / Running in a Skirt

The vegetables get cooked in butter.

Real butter.

It is Thanksgiving after all.  I eat healthy all the time, but go all out for my favorite holiday.

The Best Vegetarian Stuffing recipe / Running in a Skirt

After adding high quality low sodium vegetable broth to the pan, pour the mixture over the bread.

It goes in the oven looking like this…

The Best Vegetarian Stuffing recipe / Running in a Skirt

… and comes out looking like this.   It is, my friends, as good as it looks.

I dare you to find a better Vegetarian Stuffing recipe.

The Best Vegetarian Stuffing recipe / Running in a Skirt

After making this a half dozen times, my Vegetarian Stuffing recipe is now a true family favorite!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


The Best Vegetarian Stuffing recipe / Running in a Skirt

Vegetarian Stuffing

Julie Wunder
My Vegetarian Stuffing will be the hit of your holiday table for both vegetarians and meat-eaters! After you try this Vegetarian Stuffing recipe you may never make another kind of stuffing or dressing again!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 207 kcal


  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1 loaf, approx. 16 ounces day old French bread, cut in 1/2 in cubes
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped and divided
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped (approx. 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped (approx. 1/2 cup)
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped (approx. 1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 large apple, chopped (approx.. 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups low sodium high quality vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking Spray


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray an 8x11 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Put the bread cubes in the dish and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sage and the dried cranberries on top.
  • In a large sauce pan melt the butter over medium heat.
  • When the butter is melted add the rest of the sage, onion, celery and carrot. Season with a healthy pinch of the salt and pepper.
  • When the onions become translucent add the garlic and apples. Season with another healthy pinch of the salt and pepper.
  • After the apples have cooked for about 2 minutes, add the vegetable broth. Season with the rest of the salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Allow the mixture to sauté for another 2 minutes.
  • Pour the mixture into the casserole dish, over the bread. Gently move around the bread to allow the broth to soak all the pieces. Be careful not to smash or break up too much of the bread.
  • Bake uncovered for 50 minutes. Twice during the cooking time, carefully stir to keep the bread moist.


This is great as leftovers too!


Calories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 7gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 704mgPotassium: 172mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1286IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg
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Your turn!

Have you ever make vegetarian stuffing?

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

By | 2020-06-03T14:05:43-04:00 November 8th, 2017|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Meals|65 Comments


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  6. Cheryl Buchanan November 18, 2018 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I am apologizing for my comment as I believe your recipe was submitted online first and the on on Epicurious after. That one seems to have copied yours.

    In regards to the recipe. I am making this, again, for the vegetarians in my family. They love it!

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  8. Annmarie November 13, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Definitely no need for meat with a stuffing like that! Looks amazing!

  9. Deborah Brooks November 13, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I like the cranberries and apples in here!

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  12. [email protected] run pink November 20, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    4 stars
    Just used this recipe for my family get together today. It was a hit!

    • JulieWunder November 21, 2016 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Yayayayayay!! Thank you for letting me know! It makes my day when I hear about people making and enjoying my recipes. Thanks Jess!!! Hope you have a good week.

  13. Patty @ Reach Your Peak November 2, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

    5 stars
    omg I just got so excited for Thanksgiving now!! Will definitely be saving this recipe. Stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving lol

    • JulieWunder November 6, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Yay! Thanks so much Patty! Hope you get a chance to try it.

  14. Emily November 2, 2016 at 6:07 am - Reply

    4 stars
    What a delicious recipe! So perfect that everyone can enjoy it, whether they eat meat or not ?

  15. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free November 1, 2016 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This recipe is a necessity for the holidays! There are always vegetarian guests at Thanksgiving and everyone wants stuffing 🙂

  16. Rebecca | NOURISHED. the blog November 1, 2016 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Love the apples and cranberries in here, Julie! They are such a sweet and different twist on stuffing. And I love how I could easily make this gluten free by using GF sandwich-style bread instead. This will definitely be making an appearance on our dinning table during the holidays!

    • JulieWunder November 6, 2016 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      Yes! Such an easy swap! Hope you get a chance to try it.

  17. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious November 1, 2016 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Looks so good! I love the sage and dried cranberries in there!

  18. Taylor Kiser November 1, 2016 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    This looks so delicious! It’s perfect for Thanksgiving!

  19. Heather @ FITaspire November 1, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    I have to admit I’m not the biggest fan of stuffing, but I’ll try it sometimes. 🙂 I do love that you have more color in your version than I often see, that makes it more appealing for sure!!!

    • JulieWunder November 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      Yes! This one is a stuffing for even stuffing haters. 🙂

  20. amanda -runtothefinish November 1, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I am a stuffing freak. I could pass up everything else on the table and just have a big old pile of stuffing…sigh, I’m already getting excited for it! I literally only eat it at thanksgiving!!!!

    • JulieWunder November 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      That’s awesome!! It is sooo good! You should totally try mine. It’s that good!

  21. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands October 31, 2016 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I’m not usually a fan of stuffing but this looks so good!! I might have to make this so I can have stuffing too, even if I have to smuggle it in so I don’t offend my aunt. Haha!

    • JulieWunder November 6, 2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      Haha!!! Oh I feel ya! Everyone in my family talks about loving this!

  22. Laura October 31, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    I do love adding sausage to my stuffing…however my sister is a vegetarian and this is perfect for our family!!!

  23. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche October 25, 2016 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Yuuum – love stuffing! I love how many veggies this one contains – perfect for Christmas dinner 🙂

  24. Nadia October 25, 2016 at 5:55 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Sounds and looks delicious! Stuffing has always been my favourite part of a Christmas dinner 😀

  25. Kate @ Veggie Desserts October 24, 2016 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    I’m exactly the same. Veggie stuffing is always the star of my Christmas dinner!

    • JulieWunder October 30, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Me too! So good– Thanks so much Kate. Hope you get a chance to try this one.

  26. Becky Jordan October 20, 2016 at 8:52 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This looks amazing! Love the apples in it. I’m sure my family will love it this Thanksgiving!

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  28. Tina muir November 18, 2014 at 6:37 am - Reply

    This sounds woooonndderrrffuullll!!! Love the idea of vegetarian stuffing, and realistically, that is how it should be haha. It is all about the bread! Thanks for joining us for meatless monday lovely lady 🙂

  29. Renee @ Bendiful Blog November 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    I’ve never made my own stuffing before! This year it sounds like we are hosting our very first Thanksgiving and this recipe makes me think I could handle some non-bag kind of action. Great Recipe Julie!

  30. Sam @ PancakeWarriors November 17, 2014 at 11:51 am - Reply

    I always make vegetarian stuffing! It’s so yummy! I’m trying to find gluten free stuffing this year – wish me luck! Thanks for sharing

  31. Nicole @ Fitful Focus November 17, 2014 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Would you believe I’ve never made stuffing before! I’m usually all about the sweet potatoes, but this looks delicious!

  32. Sarah November 17, 2014 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Looks delicious! If only I made the stuffing for Thanksgiving. It isn’t something I usually eat as my aunt makes it with sausage. Maybe I will have to make myself for my family next week.

  33. Chaitali November 17, 2014 at 9:00 am - Reply

    I love vegetarian stuffing and trying out new versions every year 🙂 This one sounds really good. I love the addition of the cranberries so there are pops of sweetness with the rest of the savory ingredients.

  34. This looks great! Thanks for linking up with us again this week and bringing another fab recipe

  35. Joanna @Makingmine November 12, 2014 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Oh yum – this is SO pretty! I am usually not a big fan on dressing, but this one looks amazing!

  36. Felicia November 12, 2014 at 12:29 am - Reply

    This looks and sounds delicious. I am always on the lookout for good stuffing ideas. I’ll have to add this to my list!

  37. Susie @ SuzLyfe November 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    MMMmmm! Looks so tasty! I love stuffing, even if I try to stay away from it. What I like the most about Thanksgiving is that I don’t have to choose–ALL THE THINGS!

    • JulieWunder November 11, 2014 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Yeah, I embrace Thanksgiving and eat a bunch 🙂

  38. Sarah @ Sunny Runner November 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I’m a vegetarian and have a hard time finding stuffing recipes that actually sound/taste good! I can’t wait to try this.

    • JulieWunder November 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Sarah! I hope you enjoy it! I have some other good vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes coming up this month. Hope to see you again!

  39. Alysia @ Slim Sanity November 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Stuffing was always one of my favorites. I never really cared for my Dad’s family recipe which he made from scratch because it had the giblets in it lol. Otherwise we always made Stove Top! I’ll have to try a homemade version like this!

  40. Denise November 11, 2014 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Thank you so much! I love Thanksgiving, but being a vegetarian makes it a little challenging. Will pin these!

    • JulieWunder November 11, 2014 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      It can be hard! I’ve tried out some good ones over the past few years. I’ll be posting a few more in the next few weeks if you want to check back!

  41. Gail Harrell November 11, 2014 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Dressing sounds yummy! I still miss seeing your smiling face on the weather at WLOS, but am happy to know you are enjoying your new lifestyle and hope you keep up the good work. God bless you and your family. 🙂

    • JulieWunder November 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Gail for your support! God bless you family too 🙂

  42. Blane Sherer November 11, 2014 at 6:31 am - Reply

    I appreciate your helpfulness for Thanksgiving preparation.
    It will be here before you know it.

  43. Jessie November 11, 2014 at 5:36 am - Reply

    Vegetarian stuffing is actually the only way I make it. Last year I used leftover pumpkin cornbread in the mixture. Talk about delicious! I bet it would be work great with your recipe.

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