Talk about comfort food! This casserole is insane. Gooey, cheesy, tons of rich umami flavors and yet it’s also a meal you can feel good about. Plant-based, One Ingredient, made entirely of real food with virtually none of the saturated fat or junk you’d find in a dairy-based cheese casserole.
What really makes this recipe work is the miso-tahini cheese sauce. Over the years, I’ve learned a thing or two about making vegan cheese and this sauce has beautiful, rich, sharp-cheddar flavors from one of my favorite trios of cheesy ingredients: tahini, nutritional yeast, and miso, along with some spices and broth to turn it into a sauce.
Drench the hash browns + broccoli + beans with the sauce and bake until golden. The top is crispy. The inside is full of melty, starchy textures with bits of soft cheese-coated broccoli. Dude. It’s really good.
Like most casseroles, the process couldn’t be easier. You can use frozen broccoli and hash browns to cut the prep time to about 15 minutes. Give it an hour to bake and you’ve got an amazing, balanced, one-pan dinner that everyone will love.
Makes: 4-5 entree servings
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 3 tablespoons white miso paste
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 32 oz frozen hashbrowns
- 1 small white onion
- 3 cups broccoli
- 2 15 oz cans black beans
- 3 green onions, for garnish
Prep: Preheat the oven to 350ºF
Make the cheese sauce by blending the first list of ingredients: broth, tahini, white miso, nutritional yeast, garlic, black pepper, and turmeric (which is optional, but gives an orange color).
Thaw the broccoli and/or hash browns* if using frozen. You don’t want to start baking this dish with frozen ingredients because the top layer will burn before the insides cook. The easiest way to do this is in the microwave** until they’re room temperature or slightly warm.
*Measuring the hash browns can be tricky tough because it can vary so much between fresh/frozen. I used 1 1/2 packages of Trader Joe’s frozen hash browns which is about 32 oz by weight. If you end up with a little more or less, it should be fine.
**A lot of health nerds balk at using a microwave, but it’s actually one of the safest, fastest, easiest ways to warm ingredients and in most cases it preserves more nutrients than any other cooking method, so don’t be afraid of your microwave!
In a large casserole dish (much larger than the one pictured) throw in the hash browns, broccoli, 2 cans of rinsed black beans (or any other variety you like), and one small diced white onion. Then drizzle on the cheese sauce and toss everything to coat thoroughly.
Bake in a 350º F oven, uncovered, for about an hour. The top will form a beautiful golden crust and seal in some of the moisture below. For optimal crust, you’ll want to leave this in for as long as possible, removing just before the top burns.
Sprinkle some chopped green onions on top as a garnish and enjoy!