This easy Tofu Ricotta is perfect for lasagna or served as a dip. No one will notice it is tofu!
Creamy and Savory
First off, I have to give a disclaimer. I have been vegan for 17 years so it has been a really long time since I have had ricotta cheese. In fact, I don't even remember what it tastes like.
As with any vegan cheese, they don't taste exactly like the flavor they are replacing.
To be honest, I wouldn't want them to taste like the real thing anyway. I just want a good flavor, consistency and texture when I am eating vegan cheese.
This vegan ricotta recipe has all of that. It spreads nicely, and it is creamy and savory.
Right after I became a vegan I couldn't stand the smell in the deli section. The smell of cheese was too much for me.
It is funny how your senses change after changing your diet.
This Tofu Ricotta came about because I wanted to make Eggplant Lasagna. I wanted the ricotta to be homemade instead of store bought, so that I could create the flavor that I wanted, which included basil.
Vegan Ricotta Cheese
Actually, I have not tried store bought vegan ricotta yet. I have been tempted a few times, but the price tag has always put me off.
I wish I could say that about other vegan cheeses. I still buy vegan cheddar, Mozzarella, and cream cheese. Maybe it is time to get in the kitchen and try to make them!
It will be interesting to see if store bought vegan ricotta tastes anything like this. Considering how much cheaper mine is, and how easy it is to make, I probably won't be trying it anytime soon.
This literally takes minutes to make.
Other Recipes You Might Like
- Super Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese
- Tofu Bacon
- Spinach and Broccoli Vegan Quiche
- Vegan Tzatziki
- Vegan Ranch Dressing
This tofu cheese recipe not only tastes great in lasagna, but tastes good with crackers as well. The crackers in the photo are my Pizza Crackers, which work really well with this basil flavored Tofu Ricotta.
Ways To Use Tofu Ricotta
- Pancakes and waffles - omit basil and nutritional yeast and add sweetener
- Stuffed mushrooms
I have used this recipe in Vegan Zucchini Lasagna with Tofu Ricotta and Walnut Sauce, Spinach and Tofu Ricotta Calzones, and Tofu Ricotta Stuffed Breadsticks.
It is versatile to say the least!
Tofu Ricotta Recipe
If you are looking for a dairy free ricotta, you have come to the right place.
This vegan ricotta is sure to please! If you love this recipe, please come back and leave your feedback and star rating.
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- 14 oz. firm tofu drained and pressed
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Mix all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.
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