Updated: Aug 21, 2020
How do you make ricotta "cheese" without cow's milk? Easy! With tofu of course! This is a very versatile "cheese" that you can use in many preparations including lasagna, pizza, spread on crackers, or mixed in with pasta. And bonus: it comes together very quickly!
1 block tofu (14 oz)
2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 cup basil leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (see Note)
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt, optional
1/4 tsp pepper
Crumble tofu into the bowl of an electric mixer (if no electric mixer you can use your clean hands to mash this up). Add all other ingredients. Turn on your mixer at the lowest speed and blend until paste like.
Note: Not familiar with nutritional yeast? Nutritional yeast is a very healthy deactivated yeast packed with B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. You can find it at Whole Foods or in health and natural food stores. It does not in any way resemble or taste like brewers yeast or bread yeast. It is a yellow flake (use the flake kind not the powder if possible) that dissolves into the food you add it to imparting that cheese-nut flavor. You can find it at Whole Foods, in health food stores, or buy it online here.