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  • Makes one 13×9-inch casserole

Whole wheat pasta, black beans, and Tex-Mex seasonings make this spaghetti casserole a true crowd-pleaser. Sweet potato puree lends its silky texture to the creamy, chile-infused sauce so every bite is packed full of savory flavors. A hearty jumble of zucchini, bell pepper, corn, and tomatoes bring bursts of fresh produce to balance out the smoky profile and load your plate up with nutrient-dense veggies. Top each serving with fresh scallions and cilantro, and you’ve got a comforting meal that will be gobbled up by kids and adults alike.

Tip: If you can’t find canned sweet potato puree, bake, peel, and mash enough sweet potatoes to make 1½ cups.

For more vegan casserole recipes, check out these tasty ideas:

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. whole grain spaghetti
  • 1 15-oz. can sweet potato puree (1½ cups)
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons dried Mexican oregano, crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon chile de árbol powder or cayenne powder
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into ½-inch dice (1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into ½-inch dice (1 cup)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (1½ cups)
  • 1 15-oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook spaghetti according to package directions until al dente (2 minutes less than directions); drain. Return to pot.
  2. For sauce, in a blender combine the next six ingredients (through onion powder), 2 of the minced garlic cloves, ½ teaspoon of the oregano, the chile de árbol powder, and 2 cups water. Cover and blend until smooth. Season with salt.
  3. In a bowl combine the next seven ingredients (through cumin) and the remaining 6 minced garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon oregano.
  4. Add half of the sauce to the spaghetti and mix well. Spread spaghetti evenly in a 13×9-inch baking dish. Spread vegetable mixture evenly over spaghetti. Drizzle 1 cup of the remaining sauce over top.
  5. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until top and edges start to brown. Let stand a few minutes before serving. Garnish with scallions and cilantro.

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com and follow her on Instagram for more.

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