Taking Comfort Food to a Whole New Level

Monday, July 12, 2010

I promise, you won't be able to eat just one serving!!!

I’m pretty sure you can all bow down to me as the goddess of ooey, gooey goodness now!! I am pretty certain that I have mastered the art of comfort food by combining two of my favorite non-vegan dishes and veganising it for the most delicious treat you can give yourself! Seriously, to me, there is nothing in this world that is yummier than a super thick and creamy macaroni and cheese or a savory green bean casserole. Well, I wanted both of them the other night (go figure), so I took one of my favorite sauce recipes and made some little tweaks here and there, and came up with a dish that my omni loverboy couldn’t even get enough of! If you’re not so much a fan of the green beans, you can also do this dish as an incredible macaroni and cheese, which honestly, I like this recipe more than any REAL mac and cheese I’ve ever had! All you have to do is use elbow macaroni, remove the green beans, and that’s it! Easy as that!

Southern Comfort Cheesy Green Bean Casserole•3 1/2 cups whole grain penne pasta, cooked and drained
•1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread
•1/2 cup flour
•3 1/2 cups boiling water
•2 tsp. salt
•2 Tbsp. Braggs Liquid Aminos or Shoyu
•2 tsp. garlic powder
•Tumeric to taste
•1/4 cup oil of your choosing (for this, I just use regular Canola Oil)
•1 cup nutritional yeast
•2 cups frozen green beans, thawed
•Fried onion straws (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a saucepan, melt Earth Balance over low heat. Mix in the flour. Stir continuously over medium heat until smooth and bubbly. Stir in the boiling water, salt, liquid aminos, garlic powder, and turmeric. Continue whisking until dissolved. Once the sauce thickens and is bubbling, stir in the oil and the nutritional yeast flakes. Mix about 3/4 of the sauce with the noodles and place in a casserole dish. On top of the noodle and sauce mixture, layer the green beans. Cover with the remaining sauce and sprinkle with a layer of fried onions, a la green bean casserole. Bake for 15 minutes, or until heated through.

Now honestly, if this recipe doesn’t take care of your comfort food cravings 100%, then feel free to completely rip me and this blog a new one...but seriously, give this recipe a try. Do it.


peasandlove said...

Hey, did you know you have an ad that always covers part of your blog posts? That sounds yummy, will have to give it a try sometime! :)

Danielle said...

Let me know if you try it, would love to hear how you like it! And thanks for letting me know that. I've noticed it a couple times, but cannot seem to get rid of it completely...ugh!

Red said...

Wow! I bet my little guy would love that! I will have to try it.

Danielle said...

If your little guy loves traditional macaroni and cheese, then he will, without a doubt, love this!

Jessica @ Lima's Vegan Kitchen said...

Comfort food-hey-o! This looks like itd totally hit the spot!

Kim said...

fixed this for dinner last night.....AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing!

Danielle said...

Kim, I'm SO glad you liked it! Thank you so much for sharing your opinion on it!!

MsDrPepper said...

Oh I want to try this!! Thanks for sharing! I'll let you know how it turns out!

Mandy said...

I will. Thanks for the great blog and recipes.

Cheryl Allen Salinas said...

This looks amazing, Danielle, and easy -- my favorite combo! Thanks!

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