Super creamy vegan noodle casserole showcases all the yummy parts of tuna casserole but without the stinky fish. I used hearts of palm for the tuna but chickpeas would substitute nicely. Vegan eggless ribbons are available at Walmart and taste exactly the same as egg noodles, making them worth a special trip to buy. So yum. **Note Walmart's website list of ingredients for their Eggless Ribbons is incorrect(I've told them at least a half dozen times). The ingredients on the package, do not include egg whites, are correct. Meijer also sells an eggless noodle if you have one of those nearby.
14 oz can hearts of palm, drained
1 tsp dulse flakes or ground nori sheet
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp vegan butter
1 onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1&1/4 cups 'No Chicken' broth(Better Than Bouillon)
3/4 cup plain, non-dairy milk
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
4 oz canned mushrooms, drained
6 oz egg free noodles(Walmart brand)
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup vegan cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup crushed potato chips, crackers or panko crumbs
1. Chop hearts of palm then mix together with dulse flakes, Old Bay seasoning and lemon juice and coarsely mash with a fork. Set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cook eggless noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside. * I added 1 Tbsp vegan butter to noodles to keep from sticking.
3. In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and vegan butter. Once melted, saute onion, celery and garlic for 7 to 8 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper. Stir in flour, and continue to cook for 1 minute. Slowly wisk in broth and milk, and continue to cook, stirring continuously, for 3 to 4 minutes, until sauce thickens. *heated broth & milk works best. Stir in nutritional yeast and continue to stir until dissolved. Add mushrooms and frozen peas and continue to cook until heated through, approximately 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
4. Stir in noodles, hearts of palm mixture and 1/2 cup cheese. Transfer to greased 2-quart baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle crushed chips/crackers/panko crumbs over casserole. Bake uncovered 20 minutes.