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Ziti-Cheeze and Broccoli Casserole

What you need: 

10 oz block of frozen chopped broccoli
1 cup yellow corn chip crumbs
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons vegan soy margarine
1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk
1 3/4 cup dry ziti
1/4 cup corn oil
1/4 cup white flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2-1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric

What you do: 

- Smash or food process some corn chips until you get about a cup of crumbs.
- Set the pasta to cook
- Put the frozen broccoli block in a 1-qt casserole by itself and microwave for 5 minutes on high or until done.
- Heat corn oil in saucepan and add flour. Cook on low and stir until roux is a perfect golden yellow color.
- Add about 1/2 cup nutritional yeast. Add soy milk, boiling water, vegan soy margarine, and additional yeast by tablespoons until you reach a good consistency (to coat the ziti and broccoli and then bake). Add garlic and onion powder, salt, turmeric, and pepper to taste and color. Make it pretty strong -- the pasta will dilute the flavor.
- Strain the ziti and add it to the broccoli in the casserole dish.
- Pour the cheeze sauce onto the ziti and broccoli and mix in. Correct seasoning if needed.
- Cover the casserole with the corn chip crumbs.
- Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly and fragrant. Let cool slightly before serving.

Preparation Time: 
15 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

The recipe itself is fine; the cheeze sauce is good.  The writing of the recipe is, however, bad.

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made this for last christmas and several times after. added a bit more sauce and chips. Love this reciepe!

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I made mine with peas instead of broccoli ONLY because I used all of my broccoli on a previous recipe the night before  :(  I definitely had to double up on the liquids and I added more Earth Balance for the sauce. It was not pourable at all. Other than that, it was GREAT  ;)b  I served this with a vegan "meat"loaf to my omni parents when they came to visit. Leftovers were even good. I will definiately make this again. Will try different veggie variations. The combinations are endless with a casserole.

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The sauce is great, though I used more liquid than called for. Bread crumbs would work just as well as corn chips for the topping. Definitely going to make this again with veggie variations.

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I liked this but I agree, I had to add a lot more soymilk and water to make it pourable.
It was really good though. I doubled the pasta because I wanted leftovers for lunches, and it was fine (although I think it would have been creamier with say 2.5 cups pasta.

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i changed my mind... i didn't like this much... i ended up throwing it away :( i think if the cheeze sauce turned out better i perhaps might of liked it... sorry :(

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This recipe turned out good but the cheez didn't turn out "melty" enough to pour over the broc and ziti... i think the soymilk needs to be doubled as well as the boiling hot water to make the cheez more runny and less like a paste/dough... i would say double or triple all the spices(except turmeric) as well... don't get me wrong it still tasted very good and i will make it again... thank u :)

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This is a great idea for a recipe.  I used broccoli, spicy chicken strips, and french fried onions on the top.  The cheese sauce did not work for me at all, it was really oily and didn't look appealing at all.  So I tossed that and just used my usual cheese sauce that I use on everything, and that was AWESOME!  Thanks for a great recipe!

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I've used these ingredients before for a cheesy pasta dish, but this one turned out the best.  Maybe I've not been using enough of ingredient X or too much ingredient Y, but the combo here was great.  I didn't use the corn chips on top.  Instead, I grated some vegan mozza for the top and sprinkled some corn meal over.  It was divine.  I may make it again in the very near future.
:)>>>

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This is pretty good. Nice and simple, not disgusting not that amazing either.
I used fresh brocoflower and added some more spices to the cheese sauce. This would be amazing with some ready ground or something a little spicy.
Overall, a success though.
I'll post pictures later

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