As the weather cools down, casserole season is officially heating up, so we’ve rounded up our favorite vegan casserole recipes. Unlike the casseroles of yesteryear, these healthy plant-based creations are loaded with colorful vegetables, creamy-without-the-cream sauces, healthy whole grains and legumes, and flavorful herbs and spices. From biryani to moussaka to shepherd’s pie, there’s a vegan casserole recipe for whatever flavors you’re craving.
The nutty flavor of wild rice adds extra body to these single-serve casseroles, which also feature oodles of umami-rich mushrooms, broccoli, bell pepper, and chickpeas. A slurry of oat flour and nutritional yeast adds creamy, cheesy flavor. Note: You could cook this as one big casserole, but there’s something extra special about individual portions; it’s worth investing in ramekins at some stage. Shares one reviewer, “The flavor and texture were amazing! Makes a huge batch. We loved every bite!”
This delectable smoky-flavored vegan casserole combines the comforting goodness of whole grain spaghetti with tender veggies, earthy black beans, and a silky chile-infused sweet potato sauce to delicious effect. Top with fresh scallions and cilantro, and dig in!
A golden crust made from almond flour and masa harina is the perfect topper for these saucy tomato, bean, and vegetable mini casseroles, while taco seasoning adds bold flavor with minimal effort. Serve in individual ramekins or make one big casserole: Either way, the flavor-texture combination is divine!
Velvety eggplant, earthy potatoes, and a smoky, umami-rich mushroom-lentil sauce give this hearty vegan casserole divine savory flavor. A vegan cheesy white sauce, poured over the top, ensures every mouthful is a creamy one.
Biryani is a classic Indian dish that is usually filled with ghee and meat. In this tasty vegan casseroled version, saffron-infused milk and fresh ginger add warm flavor to mixed veggies and brown rice while raisins add sweet notes and cashews provide crunch.
The classic flavors of potato, spinach, and mushrooms come together perfectly in this comforting bake. Earthy potato slices soak up the herb-infused savory sauce, which also features tofu for extra creaminess. Note: The sauce is gluten-free and uses brown rice flour and chickpea flour to thicken. If you don’t have trumpet mushrooms, feel free to substitute with button mushrooms or portobello mushrooms.
This delectable casserole could take center stage at any special-occasion table. The combination of earthy lentils topped with crispy baked veggies and a cinnamon-infused umami-rich gravy make this a fan favorite. As one reviewer notes: “This casserole is out-of-this-world delicious!! Especially the gravy, which is now my family’s new gravy for everything.”
Packed with broccoli, brown rice, chickpeas, and tomato, this colorful, nourishing casserole uses everyday ingredients you’re likely to have in your cupboard. To make it spicier: Just rev up the chili powder.
Bring this crowd-pleasing dish to your next potluck gathering, and be prepared to share the recipe. Make it with rice or pasta, and be sure to plan ahead to soak the lentils for six hours for extra-tasty results!
Built for breakfast, this cozy dish works equally well for lunch or dinner! The creamy topping is made from grated potatoes and nutritional yeast, and the filling is packed with herbs and vegetables. This recipe is super flexible, so substitute what you’ve got in the cupboard.
This article was originally published on Oct. 23, 2017, and has been updated.
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Lisa Esile, MS
Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.