This recipe was guided by the recipe for Mushroom Gratin in the book 101 Best Vegan Foods.  See the book for benefits, selection and storage, preparation, and recipe suggestions.  The pasta casserole and creamy sauce was reminiscent of a sophisticated mac & cheese.  Who could argue with that?

One of the things that we almost skipped was the bread crumb topping.  In a word… DON’T!  The toasted crumbles from a dairy-free loaf of bread I got from Trader Joe’s was the icing on the cake (or in this case… the crumbs on the gratin).  Although there was a lot of prep-time for this recipe, it was well worth it.  Perfect comfort food for a winter’s day.


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