Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Betty Crocker Project : The Incredible Green Monsta Casserole

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OK - So there is no Green Monsta in the Betty Crocker Cookbook but there is a Spinach-Bacon-Chicken casserole that I was veganizing and just kept going. I couldn't help myself. The casserole was very good on it's own but sometimes I see opportunities to work a little more kale or broccoli in my life and I just can't stop. Call it poor impulse control. Call it leveling up. Whatever. This dish is the prefect example of Shannons Gone Wild.

You'll be eating this for dinner for a week. Which also makes it perfect for this time year - when your nights are full of wrapping presents, writing out Holiday cards, baking cookies and drinking huge mugs of vegan chai or cocoa. We've been reheating bowls of this for days and it's been a nice break.

Oh and if you're wondering why I called it the Green Monsta since it kinda has nothing to do with Boston or The Red Sox... Well... Much like the mild mannered yet highly intelligent Bruce Banner this casserole may not look like much but stick it in the microwave and shoot a little radiation at it and it is unstoppable and kinda ugly.

The Incredible Green Monsta Casserole (or the Spinach-Bacon-Chicken Casserole depending on how you feel about the Marvel universe)

Heat oven to 350.

Cook and drain Pasta per directions on the package.

In a large saucepan, melt Margarine over a low heat. Then whisk in Flour and Nutritional Yeast till it is completely blended. Gradually stir in Broth. Turn up heat to a medium heat and bring to a boil. Use your whisk to mix this thoroughly. With your whisk mix in White Wine, Almond Milk, Creole Seasoning, Braggs, Liquid Smoke, Black Pepper and Garlic. Let simmer for no longer than a minute.

In a large bowl, toss Pasta, Peas, Green Beans, Parsley, Broccoli, Kale, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Bacon Pieces, Chicken Cubes and Spinach Leaves. Then pour in 3/4 of the Sauce and gently mix with a spoon.

Spray a lasagna dish with Olive Oil Cooking Spray and fill with the Vegetable, Pasta and Sauce mix. Then Pour the remaining Sauce over the top. Sprinkle the Vegan Parmesan Cheese over the top. Put in the oven and bake for 20 -25 minutes. remove when the top is a golden brown and the sauce is bubbling.

When you serve it sprinkle some Green Onions over the top.


  1. This pasta looks delicious!! I eat mac'n'cheese way too often, this would be a great substitute. The ingredient list frightens me but I think its worth it, thanks for the recipe :-)

  2. Other than the nasty green onions, this dish looks delish. Must try this weekend.

  3. This was amazing all of my family loved it! I had to add it to my recipe box and will make this offend!! Thanks for sharing!