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First 'pasta' post for meat-eaters' favourite veggie meals

12 May 2017


National Vegetarian Week 2017

When it comes to vegetarian meals, it seems we are a nation of pasta-lovers.  According to the Vegetarian Society's findings from a recent survey, the Italian comfort food was the top choice of veggie meal for the 1,500 respondents who answered the question.

The poll was carried out ahead of National Vegetarian Week 2017 (15 to 21 May) by the market research experts, YouGov, who surveyed meat-eaters, pescetarians and vegetarians.  Respondents were asked for their favourite vegetarian meal that doesn’t include any kind of meat, poultry, fish or seafood.

Pasta was a clear winner gaining 16.3% of the vote, with salad taking second place with 7.3%.  Our palates seem to also enjoy spicier flavours, with 6.3% of respondents opting for curry as their favourite, which took third place.  Fourth and fifth places were very close, with pizza just stretching ahead of mac 'n' cheese with 5.7% and 5.6% of the votes respectively.

Other dishes that just missed out on the top slots included: egg and chips, beans on toast, omelette, soup, baked potato and risotto.

Jen Elford, Head of Research and Information at the Vegetarian Society, said: "These top five favourite vegetarian meals are foods that are familiar to all of us – which really helps bring home the message that enjoying veggie food is something everyone can do.  National Vegetarian Week is the perfect excuse to get stuck in and enjoy more of your favourite veggie dishes."

Of course, as is the case with any survey, not all the answers given were sensible… there were a 'fusilli' ones!

National Vegetarian Week 2017 is taking place from 15 to 21 May, and this year is proudly supported by TV chefs the Hairy Bikers. For more information, please visit

 The Vegetarian Society is a charity that is passionate about veggie food and wants everyone to know how varied and delicious vegetarian dishes are!  


Notes to editors:

 •All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,715 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 21 – 23 April 2017. The survey was carried out online. The analysis in this piece is unweighted and produced by the Vegetarian Society.

 •For National Vegetarian Week info or interviews please contact Su on or call 0161 925 2000.



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