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"Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole"
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The last dish was elegant and exotic; this one is rustic and work-a-day. I have been making variations of this recipe for 30 years, and probably never the same way twice.

It’s the sort of thing I make for DH and myself, and we eat it for the rest of the week, and it’s also a great potluck dish.

Don’t worry if you don’t like cabbage; it isn’t all that noticeable here or you can use some other vegetable. The recipe is amazingly versatile, so let your creativity go wild. All quantities are flexible. I can’t wait to hear what all of you wonderful, innovative OT cooks do with it.


Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole
(Makes about 8 entrée servings.)

Preheat oven to 350º

Combine:
½ cup sour cream
2 cups cottage cheese
1 cup grated cheese (cheddar, monterey jack, or your choice)
1 red pepper, chopped

Sauté in butter:
2-3 cups chopped cabbage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms (canned works ok, too)
1 large carrot, shredded
1 1/2 tsp whole caraway seeds

Boil in water until just underdone, then drain well:
8 ounces macaroni or other pasta

Combine everything. Add:
2 tbsp soy sauce
lots of black pepper

Spread in a greased 2 quart casserole and garnish with paprika.

Bake, covered, for 35 minutes, then uncovered for 10 minutes more.

Here’s a few options just to get you started:
low fat versions of any or all of the dairy products
1-2 cups cubed ham
2 tbsp prepared mustard
1 cup mung bean sprouts
toasted sunflower seeds – as topping or mixed in
chopped fresh or frozen spinach – highly recommended in place of some or all of the cabbage
chopped tomatoes
whole wheat pasta
yogurt - in place of the sour cream

Enjoy!

ETA: Notes on liquid management: This dish can be a bit watery especially if you use low fat dairy products. I recommend letting it sit for 5-10 minutes after you take it out of the oven before you serve it.

I also recommend:
• undercooking the pasta because it will absorb some water as it finishes cooking in the oven
• being careful to thoroughly drain tomatoes, spinach and other liquidy veggies before adding them
• perhaps salting and blotting off the water from zucchini
• perhaps adding breadcrumbs or a tablespoon or two of flour to the end of the sauté
• perhaps cooking it without the cover for longer than the last 10 minutes

If it does come out watery, in my experience it’ll dry out a lot overnight in the fridge and the leftovers will be fine.




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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
 Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Karchita     11-13-09       
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   qwertypie     11-13-09     1  
     RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Karchita     11-13-09     14  
   *ALERT*   IceCat     11-13-09     2  
     RE: *ALERT*   Karchita     11-13-09     8  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   thndrkttn     11-13-09     3  
     RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Karchita     11-13-09     15  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Ahtumbreez     11-13-09     4  
     RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Starshine     11-13-09     5  
         RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Seana     11-13-09     9  
             RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Karchita     11-13-09     17  
             RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Snidget     11-14-09     25  
     RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Karchita     11-13-09     16  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Snidget     11-13-09     6  
     RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Karchita     11-13-09     18  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Sunny_Bunny     11-13-09     7  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   weltek     11-13-09     10  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   frodis     11-13-09     11  
     RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Karchita     11-13-09     19  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Ahtumbreez     11-13-09     12  
     RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   weltek     11-13-09     21  
         RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   frodis     11-13-09     22  
         RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Karchita     11-13-09     23  
         RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   samboohoo     11-13-09     24  
         RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Ahtumbreez     11-14-09     26  
             RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   weltek     11-16-09     34  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   samboohoo     11-13-09     13  
     RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Karchita     11-13-09     20  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   qwertypie     11-14-09     27  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   samboohoo     11-14-09     28  
   Which one was the robot?   IceCat     11-14-09     29  
     RE: Which one was the robot?   Karchita     11-16-09     37  
         C.H.E.E.S.E.   IceCat     11-16-09     41  
             RE: C.H.E.E.S.E.   Karchita     11-18-09     52  
   About to chow down   Maroonclown     11-15-09     30  
     RE: About to chow down   Karchita     11-16-09     38  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Snidget     11-15-09     31  
     RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Karchita     11-16-09     39  
   Very, very good!   thndrkttn     11-16-09     32  
     RE: Very, very good!   CTgirl     11-16-09     33  
         RE: Very, very good!   thndrkttn     11-16-09     36  
             RE: Very, very good!   Karchita     11-16-09     40  
     RE: Very, very good!   Ahtumbreez     11-16-09     35  
     RE: Very, very good!   true     11-16-09     44  
         RE: Very, very good!   thndrkttn     11-16-09     45  
             RE: Very, very good!   true     11-16-09     47  
   My Version   samboohoo     11-16-09     42  
     RE: My Version   weltek     11-16-09     43  
         RE: My Version   samboohoo     11-16-09     46  
             RE: My Version   weltek     11-16-09     48  
   It's in the oven!   frodis     11-16-09     49  
     RE: It's in the oven!   weltek     11-16-09     51  
   Review and pic   weltek     11-16-09     50  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   qwertypie     11-18-09     53  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Ahtumbreez     11-19-09     54  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   CTgirl     11-21-09     55  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Starshine     11-22-09     56  
     RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Ahtumbreez     11-22-09     57  
         RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   CTgirl     11-22-09     58  
             RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   qwertypie     11-23-09     59  
                 RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Starshine     11-23-09     61  
                     RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Ahtumbreez     11-23-09     63  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   Snidget     11-23-09     60  
   RE: Veggie Mac & Cheese Casserole   thndrkttn     11-23-09     62  
   A delicious blend-a story of leftov...   weltek     11-23-09     64  
   Who is next?   weltek     11-30-09     65  
     RE: Who is next?   thndrkttn     11-30-09     66  
         RE: Who is next?   weltek     11-30-09     67  
             RE: Who is next?   thndrkttn     11-30-09     69  
     RE: Who is next?   samboohoo     11-30-09     68  
         RE: Who is next?   Ahtumbreez     11-30-09     70  
             RE: Who is next?   Ahtumbreez     11-30-09     71  
     RE: Who is next?   Ahtumbreez     11-30-09     72  
         RE: Who is next?   CTgirl     11-30-09     73  
             RE: Who is next?   Ahtumbreez     11-30-09     74  

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