Tofu “Ricotta”

Apr 12, 2011 by admin

Tofu “Ricotta”
Ingredients:

2 (12 oz) packages firm tofu
1.5 tsp salt
2 tsp cracked black pepper
fill your cupped hand with fresh parsley, chopped (2 Tbsp dried)
2 tsp red chili pepper flakes
1/16 tsp lipase — this is not vegetarian. It is the enzyme that give Italian cheeses their unique flavor. If you can’t find any, don’t worry.

Press the water out of the firm tofu using your hand and an overturned dinner plate.  Break the tofu blocks enough to fit them into a food processor, and process until the bits are the size of cottage cheese or smaller. Mix the crumbled tofu with the salt, pepper, parsley, chili pepper flakes, and lipase (opt). This is drier than the traditional recipe, but it still bakes together well.

1 box (10 oz) lasagna noodles:
Bring water to a boil while you prepare the red sauce. Add noodles when the water boils.

Red sauce:
1 small dollop olive oil
1 small white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (16 oz) can of diced tomatoes, or 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes
2 (6 oz) cans of tomato paste
1.5 tsp salt
fill your cupped hand with fresh basil, chopped (2 Tbsp dried)
half your cupped hand fresh oregano, chopped (1 Tbsp dried)

Using only as much olive oil as necessary, saute the onion and garlic. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and salt and simmer til the flavors are blended. Add basil and oregano, stir til incorporated, and remove from heat.

1 (16oz) brick soy mozzarella:
Slice into thin strips while the noodles soften.

Putting it all together:
Heat your oven to 375F. In a 9×13″ pan, place a layer of noodles with the edges overlapping in the scalloped section. Spoon half of the tofu mixture over the noodles, and top it with half the red sauce. Lay out one third of the soy cheese strips. Add, in layers, the remaining tofu mixture, the remaining red sauce, and the final 2/3 of the soy cheese. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow 10 minutes to cool before cutting into squares.

This lasagna can also be made ahead and frozen- simply allow 15 extra minutes in the oven.

Feel free to add vegetables to your liking, and enjoy!

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