I’m gonna start with saying the photo does not do this dish justice. Now that the days are getting shorter, by the time you get home from work, unfortunately its that time of day which is a photographer’s nightmare: Fake Kitchen light had to be used! :O And everyone knows that fake light (or dare i say.. FLASH) doesn’t produce great looking photos. Yet this dish, is seriously tasty, warming and filling. If you’re low on time, this dish can be done in under 45 minutes if you buy pre-made tomato and herb sauce. Just make sure you buy a good quality, low sugar/sodium sauce. Otherwise, a recipe for the sauce has been provided here.
I was going to name this dish Autumn au Gratin, but then i realized that i eat this year round (except in July & August – i do not eat this in August). I love making it in individual dishes cos it just seems more homely and comforting that way. You could however easily make it in one big pyrex, and make it a nice one-dish meat-free meal for the family. Since its quite a filling dish, i usually just serve with a warm spinach and pea salad. And of course, fresh brown bread – u know, only to soak up the juices that are left on the plate!
Just a note that this dish freezes really well, and is great couple days later as leftovers. I always make more than i need (that’s if Ryan doesnt find it and devour it) because its great for those days when i don’t have time to cook.
Enjoy, with plant-based love