Small white bowl centered in front of the casserole and overflowing with seitan noodle casserole in a red sauce.
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5 from 3 votes

Italian Faux Chicken Noodle Casserole

Plant Based Chicken Noodle Casserole is a homemade casserole that will make the whole family happy.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 494kcal
Author Ginny McMeans

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces seitan, see recipe below - you can also use a pre-made product such as Tofurky slow roasted chick'n or Trader Joe's chicken-less strips
  • 12 ounces extra wide noodles
  • 24 ounces spaghetti sauce - homemade or store bought
  • 10 ounces dairy free mozzarella cheese - grated or processed fine

Steamed Seitan - you can also use a pre-made product such as Tofurky slow roasted chick'n or Trader Joe's chicken-less strips

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
  • 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions

Steamed Seitan:

  • Add the first 4 ingredients to a large bowl.
  • Mix the next three ingredients to a small bowl and mix well.
  • Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix. Knead for 3 to 5 minutes or until desired elasticity.
  • Roll into two logs.
  • Add three to four cups water in a steamer saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  • Place the steamer basket inside the pan and turn down the heat to low.  Add seitan logs to the steamer basket and cover.
  • Steam for 40 minutes. Check the water level once in a while to make sure it isn't boiling away. If so, add more boiling water.
  • Let seitan cool and process 10 ounces of the seitan into small chunky pieces.  Store any extra in the refrigerator or freezer.  It freezers perfectly.

Putting together the Casserole:

  • Cook the noodles according to package directions for al dente pasta.
  • Heat spaghetti sauce in a large skillet, add 1/2 cup water and the prepared chopped seitan and heat through.
  • Spoon about 1/4 cup sauce in the bottom of a 9" x 11" casserole.
  • Lay in half of the noodles in the bottom of the casserole, then half the sauce.
  • Now sprinkle half of the mozarella cheese over that layer.
  • Repeat layers in this order - noodles, sauce, cheese.
  • Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

Notes

IF FREEZING:
Please follow any of the directions defined in my article Preparing Food for the Freezer
TO PREPARE AFTER FREEZING:
Take out of freezer and put in the refrigerator at least 6 to 8 hours before heating. Cover with foil and bake in a 350 oven for 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 887mg | Potassium: 516mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 9.8% | Vitamin C: 9.6% | Calcium: 8.2% | Iron: 21.6%