Friday, May 29, 2009

It's-So-Easy Lasagna

Certainly not a from scratch recipe, but certainly a tummy pleaser, this semi-home made lasagna only takes minutes to throw together, and after about 45 minutes in the oven...dinner is served!

1 box of no-boil lasagne noodles
1 large jar of your favorite red pasta sauce
1 block (16-20 ounces) extra firm tofu, drained and presses
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 (8 ounce) container nondairy cream cheese, like Tofutti
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 to 2 tablespoons dried basil, to taste
Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, crumble tofu. Add in nooch, cream cheese and garlic powder. Add salt to taste. Use your hands to get it really well incorporated and to resemble the texture of ricotta cheese.
In a glass baking dish (I used a round one this time, so I could pretend I was having lasagna pie!) start with a thin layer of sauce. Add a layer of noodles, then more sauce, then a layer of tofu cheese, then another layer of noodles.
Repeat until you use all of your noodles, or get to the top of your dish, finishing with a final layer of sauce and cheese.
Bake, covered, for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until the top is beginning to brown.
Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving!

Need more oomph? Add layers of sliced mushrooms to the mix!


East Village Vegan said...

The layers in the lasagna look great!

veggievixen said...

that does sound ridiculously easy!! i've never made lasagna with tofutti before but it sounds amazing. i like making tofu "ricotta" and vegan parmesan when i make lasagna. yum!

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Oraphan said...

What a smart idea! It sounds and looks amazing. The best thing is that it's so easy to make which is my way of cooking food, I love it!

julie hasson said...

Sounds great Joni. A perfect and yummy quick dinner.

Anonymous said...

This looks great. I've been wanting to make a vegan lasagne.

June. said...

This looks soooo good.


I Am Gluten Free said...

Can't wait to try it with gluten free lasagna noodles. Thanks for the recipe!


Anonymous said...

Looks great but what is Nooch? And is the nutrional yeast essential?

Joni Marie Newman said...

Nooch IS Nutritional yeast, and, um, of course it is ESSENTIAL! Nooch. Is. Always. Essential.

Anonymous said...

Ha, I always leave out the nutritional yeast. Vegan recipes do taste better with it, but it always makes me feel a bit ill. All my recipes work just fine without it.

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