How to make and use Spinach Tofu Ricotta

Tofu Spinach Ricotta                                                                                                                          By: Erik Hoffman                                                                                                                        Serving size: double for a lasagna tray


  • 1 block firm tofu
  • 8 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • veggie broth for sautéing
  • 3 T nutritional yeast
  • ½ a lemon zested (microplane preferred)
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Step 1:  Remove the excess liquid from tofu.  To do so, place tofu in a colander with a paper towl on top.  Add a heavy object like bowl on top of paper towl and let strain for at least 10 minutes.

Step 2:  Add garlic and a thin layer of veg stock to a pan and sauté for about 2 minutes.  Next, add spinach until wilted.  Remove from heat, then place in a colander to drain excess liquid.

Step 3:  Once pressed, crumble tofu by breaking it apart with your hands and place in a food processor.  Add the drained spinach, nutritional yeast, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Blend until smooth and creamy.

If it’s too thick, add a few tablespoons of veggie broth to thin out.  Then taste.  Add more salt and or pepper to your liking.  You may also add more nutritional yeast for a cheesier flavor.

How to use:

  • In veggie lasagna:  we served it to our ideal customers for feedback (who aren’t plant-based eaters) and they loved it.  Layer the ricotta over 100% whole-grain lasagna noodles and sautéed veggies (zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, onions and broccoli), tomato sauce then bake
  • Use for stuffed shells
  • Manicotti filling
  • In baked stuffed cherry tomatoes (hollow out cherry tomatoes and fill with tofu ricotta. Bake at 400 degrees until heated through) 
  • Cheese on a pizza
  • Spread for toast

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