After the freshness and healthiness that was yesterday's lunch, tonight's dinner represented the other side of Vegan Yum Yum: creamy, cheesy, comfort food. This isn't typically my kind of meal but I picked it primarily because I had almost all the ingredients needed to make it (except for raw cashews, which I didn't mind buying because, really, everyone should always have them in their pantry anyway).
So, when you think "casserole," you think one-dish easy peasy, right? Maybe I've never had a casserole before (quite possible) but I set to preparing this after I got home from work yesterday and almost didn't make it when I realized how many steps there were. Hell, I had to eat half a sandwich halfway through to keep from fainting dead away (sort of). I dirtied a blender, a food processor, a baking dish, a pan, a pot, and a mixing bowl! I even almost skipped a step due to both time concerns and because I wanted to keep it a little healthier. Eventually I went through with it all because trying to healthify a recipe that calls for alfredo sauce is probably a lost cause anyway.
And, well, it was very tasty. Photogenic...not so much.
I served it with a bit more steamed broccoli, red tomatoes, and orange bell pepper.
I tried to get an inside shot for you, but mush is mush.
The filling is basically cooked orzo with sauteed chopped broccoli and mushrooms coated in Ulm's "Hurry Up Alfredo Sauce." It's then topped with breadcrumbs and paprika and baked. Was it worth it? Sure. Will I make it again? Probably not. Do you feel like making it anyway? Amber Shea posted the recipe here. Do you guys have a favorite basic casserole?