Vegan lasagna may sound intimidating, but it really doesn’t have to be. Today our friend GB Woolf shares his recipe for vegan lasagna that “doesn’t taste like ass or break the bank.” He calls it the “If I Can Make And Bake This Vegan Lasagna, So Can You!”
Here it goes;
- A 12 oz can of tomato sauce. Costs about a dollar.
- A handful or two of TVP (texturized vegetable protein) It’s usually in the bulk section at a market. About 50 cents or less.
- One package of extra firm tofu. About 2 dollars.
- About 1/3 or less of a container of non dairy plain yogurt. I like to use Forager Cashew plain. This yogurt also makes a decent sour cream for Mexican dishes, just so you know. It costs about 5 dollars here for a large one.
- Lasagna noodles – a dollar – or if you get gluten free that might be more cash. I don’t know. I eat wheat.
- Fake cheese (you decide if you want to make it from scratch or buy shredded or a block of it and shred it yourself) $1 to $5 – Bonus is to add Miyoko’s mozzarella on top or mix it in with the tofu etc. That is expensive though. I got it on sale at PCC for $8. Wicked pricey. I use it to feed a family of 4 to 5 so it works out.
- Oregano, thyme and basil (dried)
Prep takes me about 15 or 20 minutes.
***Turn your oven on. Seriously. It sucks if you forget to do that part. 425f.
I use an oval casserole dish. Any pan will work if 8×12 or so.
The ricotta: In a medium mixing bowl dump the tofu (without the water) the TVP, and the yogurt in it. Smash it with a fork. There. You now have ricotta. Add the dry spices I mentioned above too. Put a thin layer of tomato sauce in the pan. Then add a layer of ricotta. Then a layer of noodles. Then the cheese. Repeat those steps until you run out of ingredients. Then add the Miyoko’s cheese on top. I use the mixing bowl I used for the ricotta to mush the cheese. Add black pepper if you want to be extra fancy. As for salt, I don’t like to add it. It tastes good without it. If you want salt have at it..
Put it in the oven for 30 min with a cover or with foil.
Let it sit for a while before you dig in so you don’t burn the roof of your mouth.
GB Woolf is an artist/musician living in Seattle with 4 other humans, an animal rights activist, co- owner of one elderly rescue pitbull named Holly, along with 5 rescue cats whose names are Boris Yeltsin, Rookie, Pants, Kinkajou and the latest addition a kitten named Birdie. Animals are our friends, not our food.