Gluten & Dairy Free Mushroom Casserole

Ingredients

Béchamel Sauce

4 tbsp. vegetable spread

½ cup amaranth flour

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

Pinch of grated nutmeg

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Mushroom Sauce

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. vegetable spread

3.5 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stems removed

4 oz. oyster mushrooms

4 oz. crimini mushrooms

1 oz. dried porcini mushrooms

1 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

¼ cup flat leaf parsley, minced

¼ cup Oloroso Sherry

Walnut Pesto

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1 clove garlic

½ tsp. fresh thyme, chopped

½ tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/4 tsp. sea salt

almond milk, for thinning if needed

12 oz. Jovial Einkorn Pasta

Preparation

1.Bring 4 quarts of salted water to a rolling boil.
2.Add Brown Rice Pasta and cook al dente.
3.Drain pasta and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
4.Preheat oven to 375°F.
5.In a heavy bottom sauce pot set to medium heat, add 4 tbsp. of margarine. When melted, add flour and stir to combine. Reduce heat and cook until mixture turns pale brown, stir with a wooden spoon. Be careful not burn. Cook for approximately10 minutes.
6.Remove from heat and slowly whisk in 2 cups of almond milk.
7.Place back on medium to low heat and bring to a simmer stirring occasionally (about 10 minutes). As its simmering the sauce will thicken and the floury taste will dissipate.
8.Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
9.Reconstitute the dry porcini mushrooms by placing them in boiled water and let stand for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes remove from water and set mushrooms and water aside.
10.Slice all mushrooms the same size and set aside
11.In a large sauté pan on medium high heat, add 2 tbsp of olive oil. When the oil is hot add porcini mushrooms, parsley and garlic.
12.Stir for a couple of minutes then add 1 tbsp. of margarine and the chopped mushrooms, stirring for about 5 minutes more.
13.Add the sherry to the mushrooms and let the liquid reduce. At that point add the liquid that was saved from the porcini mushrooms. Cook down and let it reduce. It will start to thicken and have the consistency of syrup.
14.Remove from heat and stir in béchamel sauce.
15.To make walnut pesto, add 2 tbsp. of olive oil, remaining garlic and walnuts in a hand blender with a pinch of sea salt. Pulse until smooth, adding a drizzle of almond milk if needed. When smooth, add thyme and rosemary and pulse to incorporate. Stir into mushroom and béchamel sauce.
16.Toss pasta into the mushroom sauce mixture until well combined.
17.Turn into large baking dish (9” x 12”). (If you would like to add cheese, mix in 1/2-1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.)
18.Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top begins to get bubbly and brown.
19.Garnish with fresh parsley and let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Jovial Foods.*