No-Bake Lasagna w/ Sexy Vegan Ricotta

Hey you.

Have you told yourself have daggummed clever you are today?

Well, you are.

And you’re doing amazing things. Really.

And those things matter. All of them. Somehow. Somewhere. They all do.

And you deserve lasagna. That was not a shameless plug for lasagna. It was a real-live, this-recipe-is-better-than-a-chocolate-bar comment and you should take heed.

Because you deserve it.

You also deserve a foot rub.

But this ain’t a foot rub blog, so don’t go getting any ideas.

Here’s how this recipe begins.

A big ol’ lasagna noodle. Homemade ricotta. Super perfect tomato sauce.

It’s almost as cute as you.

But, man. You are cute.

It’s almost as divine as you.

But, ohhh darlin. You are di-v-iiiine.

The only thing it’s not?

Finicky. Difficult. or Diva Snooty.

Heyyyy! Just like you.

Gosh I love you.

If only this was a foot rub blog. You’d be getting one of those instead of one of these.

But gosh. These is cute, divine, and sooo delish.


Vegan No-Bake Lasagna with Cashew-Basil Ricotta


For the Noodles:
8-10 whole wheat lasagna noodles
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28 ounce) can Muir Glen Fireroasted Crushed Tomatoes
3 tablespoons agave (or brown rice syrup, or sugar)
1-2 teaspoons salt

For the Vegan Cashew-Basil Ricotta:
1/2 cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/2 block soft tofu
2 tablespoons soy milk
1/2 cup fresh basil


Heat a large pot of water to boiling. Add the noodles. Toss in salt and drizzle olive oil into the boiling water before adding the noodles. Cook 12-15 minutes, or until al dente.

While the noodles are cooking, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, nonstick saucepan. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, until softened. Add the crushed tomatoes,agave, and enough salt to give the sauce a good flavor. Allow sauce to simmer on medium-low heat while you prepare the ricotta

In a food processor or industrial blender, combine the cashews, oil, and garlic. Pulse until finely chopped. Add the tofu, and a pinch of salt. Pulse until finely chopped and resembling the texture of ricotta, add soymilk as needed to thin the mixture out. Add the basil and pulse just until chopped into the mixture.

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21 Responses to “No-Bake Lasagna w/ Sexy Vegan Ricotta”

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    Shirataki Noodles on May 2, 2012 at 2:29 am Reply

    Looking Awesome can’t wait to eat this more !!

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    Cheryl Stoy on May 2, 2012 at 2:49 am Reply

    I have a question more than a comment I guess. There is something about Vegan and Vegetarian promotion I don’t get. Is it nesscary to use words like “sexy” in the header to get people to read a post of vegetarian/vegan articles/recipes? I see a lot of that around the web and I wonder why? I don’t really see ricotta as being sexy but then I am kinda laid back…

    • Brooke replied: — May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

      Finally! I’m on top of a trend!

      I have no idea why everyone else is using the term “sexy,” but for me, it’s a great reminder that what is usually a decadent treat (cheese) is actually bikini-body supportive when it’s made the vegan way. Sexxxxxay!

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    Katrina on May 2, 2012 at 5:38 am Reply

    This sounds awesome! Love that sauce!

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    Jen on May 2, 2012 at 6:03 am Reply

    I just want to tell you that I get so excited when I see a new post show up in my reader from you! I became a vegan last August (was a vegetarian) and I already followed your blog and then when you switched to an all plant diet I couldn’t believe my fortune! Woo hoo!! EVERYTHING you have posted (and I’m pretty sure I’ve made everything) has been delicious and easy and mostly eaten by everyone in my family (I have a three year old and a six year old so a little finickiness every once in awhile). I can’t wait to try this lasagna…Thanks for all you do!! I appreciate it!

    • Brooke replied: — May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

      Okay. You’re my new favorite person.

      That is all.

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    Morgan on May 2, 2012 at 10:49 am Reply

    This looks really delicious. Did you happen to have leftovers? I’m wondering how it reheated? Thanks!

    • Brooke replied: — May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

      I didn’t have leftovers, but if you store each of the items (sauce, noodles drizzled with a bit of olive oil, and ricotta) separately, I don’t know why it wouldn’t all reheat to perfection!

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    Carrie on May 2, 2012 at 11:12 am Reply

    I going to make this tonight! Muir Glen Fire Roasted tomats were on sale this weekend so I stocked up – Yippee!

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    Michele Brown on May 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm Reply

    I agree – every single one of your vegan recipes has been sooo delicious! This one looks absolutely divine and I can’t wait to try it! Your expressive and creative writing just makes me happy when I read your posts – thanks for the uplift in my day!

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    Jen on May 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm Reply

    Back again to comment because I made this for dinner and it is FANTASTIC.
    The kids (6 and 3) ate it up without questioning anything.
    Wooo hooo!
    Thanks so much!

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    Kim Corbin on May 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm Reply

    I am wondering if it is a coincidence that you called your ricotta “Sexy Vegan” ricotta? Or did you get the recipe from THE SEXY VEGAN COOKBOOK by Brian Patton!? Would love to send you a review copy for your blog if you’d be interested. (I am his publicist!)

    • Brooke replied: — May 2nd, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

      Grrrr! Total coincidence, but LOVE Brian Patton!!

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    Jen on May 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm Reply

    I had leftovers, stored it all separately and reheated tonight…just as delicious as when I first made it!

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    Marie@citronlimette on May 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm Reply

    Great vegan recipe. This is a winner. Thanks

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    Karen on May 19, 2012 at 10:50 am Reply

    This looks so yummy, can’t wait to try it.

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    Stormy on May 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm Reply

    My cashew cream always has a funky flavor to it. I notice that your recipe doesn’t have any lemon juice in it. I think that’s what makes mine taste strange. This looks yummy…Thanks for Sharing Stormy

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    Sarah on February 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Just finished cleaning up from making this yummy dish tonight. It was not only delicious but it was so easy and quick! I didn’t have a couple ingredients but this is a recipe that you can substitute so easily. Love your stuff!


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    Rhonna on January 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm Reply

    I have made the components of this recipe so many times, I can’t tell you how much easier it has made being a new vegan. Thank you so much.

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