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Two Easy Vegetarian Casserole Recipes

Most casserole recipes call for meat of some sort. And while you could just leave the meat out, the result of doing so is not always a casserole you would want to eat. Luckily, eating a vegetarian diet does not have to mean avoiding casseroles for the rest of your life. Here are two easy vegetarian recipes for casseroles.

Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

Eggplant parmesan is a classic vegetarian dish, but it takes a lot of time to make. This casserole version comes together much faster. You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/2 cup white onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 4 ounces parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Lay the eggplant and onion slices down in the bottom of a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Season with the salt, and sprinkle the garlic and basil over top. Layer on half of the tomato sauce, followed by the mozzarella. Spread the rest of the sauce over the dish, and add on the Parmesan. Sprinkle on the breadcrumbs.

Bake at 375°F for about 30 minutes or until the top is brown and bubbly. 

Southwest Tater Tot Casserole

Tater tot casserole is often made with sausage, bacon, or both. This vegetarian version is made without those ingredients and is still delicious. You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 bag of frozen tater tots
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1/2 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Spread the refried beans into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Then, add the tater tots, arranging them in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper. Then, layer on the onion, peppers, frozen corn, and salsa. Top with the cheddar cheese. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, and dollop the sour cream over the top of the casserole. Bake for another 5 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

Use these two vegetarian casserole recipes as starting points, and then create your own modifications. You could change up the type of cheese in either recipe, add your own favorite vegetables, or even stir in some mock meats for a whole new experience.