Derek Sarno's best vegan recipes

As Executive Chef Director of plant-based innovation at Tesco, Derek Sarno is always looking for new ways to hero vegetables, and these inspiring vegan recipes show that you can cook tasty, hearty and exciting veggie meals, whatever the occasion.

  1. Nacho mac 'n' cheese

    For indulgent winter comfort food, try this vegan nacho mac ‘n’ cheese from chef Derek Sarno. A super creamy vegan cheese sauce is made from sweet potato and cauliflower, layered over crunchy tortilla chips and topped with a fresh tomato salsa for everyone to dig into.

  2. Barbecue miso aubergine

    This Asian-inspired veggie dish makes a great addition to any barbecue. Miso-glazed aubergine is grilled until beautifully charred and topped with vibrant spring onion, chopped peanuts and red chilli, for a fresh and feisty finish.

  3. Mushroom carbonara

    This plant-based carbonara recipe proves you can still enjoy your favourite creamy pasta at home. Using clever flavour pairings, Derek uses savoury shiitake mushrooms and soy sauce to create 'shroom bacon, and whips up a dairy-free sauce that's silky smooth but with a slight tang of miso paste that helps bring an almost cheesy flavour to this classic dish.

  4. Smoky mushroom tacos

    These delicious vegan mushroom tacos are perfect for bringing some plant-based inspiration to a Mexican sharing feast. Portobello mushrooms are marinated in tangy BBQ sauce and beer, then griddled (or barbecued) until lightly charred for intense flavour. Stuff tacos with onions, mushrooms and jalapeños and top with generous spoonfuls of smashed avocado.

  5. Crispy aubergine sandwich

    We all love a fast food treat every now again, and this recipe turns a hearty, filled-to-the-brim veggie sandwich into a healthy meal that happens to be vegan. This is a great new ways to hero vegetables over traditional ingredients, with these crispy, breaded aubergine steaks and spicy sweet potato ‘mayo’. Layered together with crunchy cabbage slaw, this is a sarnie with attitude.

  6. Roasted veg salad

    This vibrant salad recipe as a brilliant sharing platter everyone can enjoy. Full of colour, texture and a wicked cashew dressing this feast of a salad is great for using up veg – with swede, red cabbage, broccoli and more all being griddled until smoky and charred for maximum flavour.

  7. Tofu scramble

    An easy, plant-based way to start the day, this hearty veg-packed brunch will keep you going all morning. If the combination of creamy tofu and crunchy sourdough wasn’t enough, golden-spiced potatoes, garlic mushrooms and plenty of fresh spinach make a crisp hash for the perfect finishing touch – along with a generous dollop of tangy mustard sauce.

  8. Vegan lunchbox

    Derek makes it easy to enjoy a fresh, delicious vegan lunch if you're eating at work or on the go. These four plant-based recipes can be used together for a hearty meal, or mix-and-match your favourites for different combinations.

  9. BBQ 'shroom buns

    Celebrate the great versatility of veg with these ‘meaty’ BBQ buns. These sticky mushroom buns are the perfect example of how healthy, vegetarian cooking can be just as exciting as your traditional dishes – you won’t even miss the meat! For the ultimate feast, serve with Derek's sweet potato and rosemary fries, and a crisp rocket salad.