Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Chickpea and Asparagus

1 medium onion, diced
1 rib celery, diced
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
3 cloves garlic, minced
12 ounces asparagus, ends trimmed and stalks cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons vegetable broth or "no-chicken"broth
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup vegetable broth or "no-chicken" broth
3/4 cup unsweetened soymilk or other non-dairy milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2-3 cups frozen hash brown potatoes (or 5-8 ounces raw potato, shredded)
smoked paprika, for garnish
Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly oil or spray a 2-3 quart casserole dish.
Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Give it a quick spray of oil, if desired, and add the onions. Cook until onions soften, 2-3 minutes. Add the celery, mushrooms, and garlic and cook for 2-3 more minutes, until mushrooms exude their juices. Add the asparagus and two tablespoons of vegetable broth, cover pan, and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until asparagus is bright green and beginning to become tender.
Whisk the flour into the cup of vegetable broth. Add it, the milk, nutritional yeast, thyme, and basil and heat until bubbly. Add the chickpeas and salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour into prepared casserole dish and top with an even layer of potatoes. Sprinkle potatoes with salt, if desired, and smoked paprika.
Bake until casserole is bubbly and top is lightly browned, 25-45 minutes (frozen potatoes will take longer than fresh). If top does not completely brown, place it under the broiler for a few seconds.
Servings: 6

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