Easy Vegan Tofu Ricotta Cheese Recipe | Shane & Simple (2024)

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Creamy and cheesy Easy Vegan Tofu Ricotta. Perfect as a dip or making your favorite vegan lasagna. Easy, healthy, and absolutely delicious! Dairy-free and nut-free.

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The way I see it, you’ve got two choices when it comes to making vegan Italian food. One, you can buy that fake ass cheese that ain’t no better than the crap that comes from cow secretions. Or, you can make this Easy Vegan Tofu Ricotta and give your arteries a freaking break. Are you ready?

Let’s get it on!

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Let me just say, I have NEVER regretted going vegan or plant-based. Not once! And, if you read my story, you’ll understand why. The years of stuffing crap down my gullet, including and especially cheese, wreaked havoc on my body and heart. Finally, I woke up and those things are no longer an issue.

But, for the sake of beingtransparentand honest, there are times I think about lasagnas and manicottis stuffed with delicious, decadent, rich ricotta cheese. I’m happy to say those cravings are very short-lived and much less severe. And, it’s primarily because I have found what I consider to be the perfect remedy. My Easy Vegan Tofu Ricotta. BOOM!

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When faced with a dilemma, like a cheese craving, you can either succumb to it or kick its ass. I choose the latter because I refuse to go back to my old way of life. The high blood pressure, cholesterol issues, diabetes and all the other ailments that threatened my life. NO WAY!

So, I did a lot of recipe research along with a lot of tweaking and testing. I finally hit on something I really liked. Personally, I feel this is a really great ricotta replacement. It’s delicious, creamy, cheesy, low-fat, loaded with protein and can be used anywhere you would use traditional ricotta.

And, one of the best things about this recipe? You can adjust to your own taste preferences. Unlike all those boring and unhealthy store-bought products. Just sayin’…

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This Easy Vegan Tofu Ricotta is not just great for lasagnas and manicottis. You can dump it on a veggie pizza, drop some on top of plainpasta with marinara sauce, or even serve as an appetizer. It goes great withcrackersand/or bread. The possibilities are endless. And, it’s stupidsimpleto make.

All you need is a block of tofu; nutritional yeast;some seasonings;a little lemon and you’re good to go. The spinach is not really necessary, but I always like to get a little green in my food. Oh, and did I mention the time? You can do this in about 10 MINUTES!

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I really think you’re going to like this Easy Vegan Tofu Ricotta. It’s creamy, cheesy, delicious, healthy and incredibly simple to make. Did I mention that already?

If you do make it I want to know. So, please leave a comment below with a star rating. And, share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #shaneandsimple. I want to see your work.


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Easy Vegan Tofu Ricotta

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Dairy-free, nut-free, creamy, cheesy heaven. Use this Easy Vegan Tofu Ricotta anywhere you would use traditional, heart clogging, cholesterol-raising ricotta!

  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings 1x



  • 1 14 oz. block firm or extra firm tofu (NOT Silken)
  • ½ cup fresh spinach (chopped or whole)
  • ¼½ cup nutritional yeast (depending on how “cheesy” you want your ricotta)
  • 3 tbsp. Italian seasoning. Or (you can use 1 Tbsp. dried basil, 2 Tbsp. dried oregano)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt


  1. Break tofu apart and put in food processor. Add lemon juice, nutritional yeast, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and salt. Blend until fairly smooth and ingredients are well combined.
  2. Add spinach and pulse 8-10 times or until spinach is chopped well and incorporated into ricotta. That’s it…you’re done.
  • Author: Shane Martin
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Category: Filling, Side, Snack
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


  • Serving Size: 2 Tbsp.
  • Calories: 54
  • Sugar: 0.2 g
  • Sodium: 268.1 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.9 g
  • Fiber: 1.3 g
  • Protein: 5.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Other Recipes You Might Enjoy

Check out some of my other “cheese” alternatives recipes. My Plant-Based Parmesan,Game Day Cheese Dip, &Easy Vegan Lasagna Rolls!

And, I have other tofu recipes as well. My Damn Good Tofu Scramble is incredible, especially when it’s paired with my Spicy Vegan Breakfast Sausage. Also, don’t forget my one ingredient Easy Baked Tofu (20 Minutes!). It’s great on salads and stir fries.


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Easy Vegan Tofu Ricotta Cheese Recipe | Shane & Simple (2024)


What is vegan ricotta made of? ›

In general, there are two main methods for making vegan ricotta: one with soy milk and the other with blended nuts and tofu. They are both delicious. However, we recommend you try the soy milk method, which yields ricotta that is ridiculously similar to real Italian ricotta.

Do they sell vegan ricotta cheese? ›

There are a few plant-based ricotta cheese brands and alternatives out there. I've used Tofutti ricotta and made my own tofu ricotta to make baked ziti, and both were good.

Can you eat tofu like cheese? ›

tofu cheese. You'll be amazed not only at how good this is, but also how easy and versatile the process can be. We've used this tofu cheese method to make everything from tofu cheesecake, tofu cream cheese, tofu feta cheese, tofu cheese sauces and dips, and so, so much more.

Is ricotta vegetarian? ›

So what cheeses are vegetarian? Fresh cheeses like ricotta, mozzarella, paneer, cottage cheese, and cream cheese tend to be vegetarian by nature, requiring lemon juice or citric acid to coagulate instead of rennet. Otherwise, look for cheese that explicitly states that it was created with vegetarian rennet.

Who makes dairy free ricotta cheese? ›

Tofutti Brands, Inc. - Dairy-Free, Vegan.

What is the closest substitute to ricotta cheese? ›

Cottage cheese: As far as ricotta substitutes go, light and mild cottage cheese is your best bet. In fact, some people prefer to use cottage cheese because it has a similar flavor and fewer calories.

What vegan cheese tastes like Parmesan? ›

Violife carefully blends plant-based ingredients to deliver the beloved Parmesan cheesy zest but without any dairy, soy, gluten, lactose, nuts, or preservatives. With our Just Like Parmesan Wedge, eating vegan and dairy-free has never been so easy, or delicious.

What to avoid with tofu? ›

Tofu may help treat and prevent metabolic syndrome, cancer, and other health conditions. Soy may have a small negative effect on thyroid medication. It may also alter the effectiveness of the blood thinner warfarin. Don't eat soy or soy products if you're allergic to them.

Why don't I like the taste of tofu? ›

If you're new to a plant-based diet you may think you don't like tofu, but chances are it's just been prepared wrong. In reality, plain tofu is not very flavorful at all (but that's the great thing about it!). Tofu, like chicken and these other mild-flavored meats, is a great vehicle for flavor.

Is tofu healthier then meat? ›

The high level of protein makes tofu a good alternative to animal-derived meat. Federal dietary guidelines include tofu as part of a healthy vegetarian dietary pattern, and a 2021 American Heart Association scientific statement emphasizes choosing plant-based proteins for heart health.

What cheese has no animal rennet? ›

Younger, soft cheeses like mozzarella, cottage cheese, cream cheese, ricotta, goat, and provolone often are not made with rennet. However, this isn't an exhaustive list, so be sure to read your labels carefully!.

Why is pesto not vegetarian? ›

The reason is because classic basil pesto contains pecorino and Parmigiano-Reggiano, which are both made from milk curdled in animal rennet. That means that most of the pesto sauces you see on supermarket shelves are not vegetarian.

What animal milk is ricotta? ›

Ricotta can technically be made from the milk of cows, sheep, goats, or water buffalo, but the ricotta that we consume most frequently—the stuff you can buy at almost every grocery store—is made from the milk of a cow. But historically, that cows milk was used for something else before it was used to make ricotta.

What was vegan cheese made out of? ›

What Ingredients Are in Vegan Cheese? Vegan cheeses are 100% animal-free and made using vegetable proteins. Usually, they're made from soy; nuts, such as cashews and macadamias; and vegetable oils, such as coconut oil. You can also find cheeses that derive from agar, tapioca, peas and arrowroot.

What is a healthy substitute for ricotta cheese? ›

Cottage cheese: As far as ricotta substitutes go, light and mild cottage cheese is your best bet. In fact, some people prefer to use cottage cheese because it has a similar flavor and fewer calories.

Is there a substitute for ricotta cheese? ›

Cottage cheese delivers a chunky texture, perfect for pancakes or quick bread; remember to give it a blend for smooth textures. Meanwhile, a bit tangier but creamy, Greek yogurt works like magic in dips or baked treats, an easy one-to-one sub for Ricotta shortages.

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