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Vegan Tofu Ricotta Cheese

Since the 80’s, my family has been making lasagna with tofu. Back then, we smashed up the tofu with our hands, and then, used it instead of ricotta. As the years have gone by, I’ve stepped up my vegan ricotta game. This vegan tofu ricotta recipe is still really easy to do, but packs a little more flavor than my family’s vegan ricotta of yesteryear. And it uses common vegan pantry items to put it together.

A few things…

  • ・This tofu ricotta is meant to be used in savory baked recipes, like lasagna, stuffed shells, calzones, etc.
  • ・I usually need to make a double batch of this vegan ricotta for a 9″ X 13″ pan of lasagna
  • ・This recipe uses extra firm tofu, because it has a nice, firm texture. If you prefer a softer texture, I have also used silken extra firm tofu with success in the past.
  • ・Olive oil is added to provide richer flavor. If you are oil free, simply omit it.
  • ・Enjoy a stronger garlic flavor? Go with 1 tsp garlic powder. Prefer it to be more subtle? Stick to ½ tsp.

This recipe for vegan ricotta with tofu makes ~1¾ cups.

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Vegan Tofu Ricotta

12 ounce package of extra firm tofu, drained and broken into 4 pieces

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp nutritional yeast

1 Tbsp olive oil, optional

½-1 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp salt

1. In a medium mixing bowl, add all the tofu ricotta ingredients listed in the recipe.

2. Smash together with your hands (or use the back of a spoon) until the tofu is completely pulverized. It’s fun to do, so really go for it! Then, use it as a vegan substitute for ricotta cheese in baked savory recipes, like lasagna, stuffed shells, calzones, and more.

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By uglyvegankitchen

Ugly Vegan Kitchen is a vegan blog with recipes for plant based comfort food inspired by many cuisines, including American, Slavic, Mediterranean, Mexican and more.