When I was in Seattle I found this lovely wild rice casserole on pinterest and had to try it out. I loved all the ingredients so I figured it had to be quite delish. Well It was super scrumptious and not a single bite left at the end of the night. I got this recipe from a lovely blog Picky Palate. I didn't have enough ingredients to make a full 9x13 dish so I cut the recipe down. However I didn't cut the cheese sauce down because I was afraid I wouldn't have enough and it would be dry so I made the enough for a full dish and just didn't add it all.
I love casseroles but find that most of them call for can soup. I am not against can soup but sometimes I am not a fan. When I saw this on pinterest I pinned it because it said here is a casserole with no canned soup. It was very easy to make and was approved by all ages. Try it and let me know what you think.
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 medium onion, finely diced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 Tablespoons fresh minced garlic
1 1/2Cups shredded, cooked chicken breast
2 Cups steamed white rice
8 oz prepared wild rice
salt and pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
Cheese sauce ingredients
4 Tablespoons butter
1/4 Cup all purpose flour
salt and pepper
2 Cups chicken broth
2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
Top with 1 1/2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil into a medium dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Saute onion, celery and carrots until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in chicken, both rices, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Reduce heat to low.
2. To prepare cheese sauce melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper then slowly pour in chicken broth whisking continuously. Whisk until thick and nearly boiling then stir in cheese until melted. Pour desired amount of cheese sauce into rice mixture then transfer to a 9×9 inch deep baking dish. Top with additional cheddar cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted through.