Looking for a hearty, healthy dish that's perfect for vegetarians and packed with flavor? Look no further! This Mushroom and Wild Rice Casserole is not only nutritious but also incredibly satisfying. Rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, it’s an excellent choice for home cooks who want to serve something wholesome and delicious.

Mushroom and Wild Rice Casserole


To make this delectable casserole, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Wild Rice Blend (1 cup): Look for a mix of wild and brown rice for added texture.
  • Vegetable Broth (2 1/2 cups): Adds depth of flavor.
  • Olive Oil (2 tablespoons): For sautéing vegetables.
  • Onion (1 medium, finely chopped)
  • Garlic (3 cloves, minced)
  • Mushrooms (4 cups, sliced): Use a mix of cremini, shiitake, and button mushrooms for variety.
  • Carrots (1 cup, diced)
  • Celery (1 cup, diced)
  • Bell Pepper (1 medium, diced)
  • Spinach (2 cups, fresh)
  • Almond Milk (1 cup, unsweetened): You can use any plant-based milk.
  • Nutritional Yeast (1/4 cup): Adds a cheesy flavor.
  • Thyme (1 teaspoon, dried)
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • Panko Bread Crumbs (1/2 cup): Optional, for a crunchy topping.

Variations in Dietary Preferences

  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free bread crumbs or omit them altogether.
  • Nut-Free: Replace almond milk with oat or soy milk.

Where to Source Specialty Items

  • Most of these ingredients are available at local grocery stores. For specialty items like nutritional yeast, check health food stores or online retailers.


Step 1: Cooking the Wild Rice

  1. Rinse 1 cup of wild rice blend under cold water.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 1/2 cups of vegetable broth to a boil.
  3. Add the rinsed wild rice, lower the heat, and simmer for about 45 minutes or until tender. Drain any excess liquid.

Step 2: Prepping the Vegetables

  1. While the rice cooks, finely chop the onion, mince the garlic, and slice the mushrooms.
  2. Dice the carrots, celery, and bell pepper.
  3. Rinse and drain the spinach.


Step 3: Sautéing the Vegetables

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until fragrant (about 2 minutes).
  3. Add the mushrooms, carrots, celery, and bell pepper. Cook until the vegetables are tender (about 8 minutes).
  4. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted.

Step 4: Combining Ingredients

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked wild rice and sautéed vegetables.
  2. Pour in 1 cup of almond milk and sprinkle 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of dried thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Mix everything thoroughly to ensure an even distribution of flavors.

Step 5: Layering the Casserole

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  3. Spread the rice and vegetable mixture evenly in the dish.
  4. If using, sprinkle 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs over the top for a crunchy finish.


Step 6: Baking the Casserole

  1. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the top is golden and crispy.
  3. Check for doneness by ensuring the center is hot and the edges are bubbling.


Step 7: Serving Suggestions

  1. Serve the casserole hot, garnished with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or chives.
  2. This dish pairs well with a simple green salad or roasted vegetables.
  3. For portioning, a 9x13-inch dish serves about 6-8 people.


Step 8: Storing Leftovers

  1. Allow the casserole to cool completely before storing.
  2. Transfer leftovers to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  3. To reheat, bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 20 minutes or until heated through.


Congratulations, you've just made a delicious Mushroom and Wild Rice Casserole! We hope you enjoy this wholesome dish with your loved ones. We'd love to see your creations and hear your feedback! Share your photos on Instagram and tag us using [#BrandNameCooks].

Happy cooking!


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