Lasagna Bowl

This is a delicious and easy option for lasagna, and a fun way to have the pleasure of eating a lasagna meal without all the hassle.

Try it once and you will be hooked!  Great for an everyday lunch and good enough for company, even those omnivores who visit from time to time!

 

 

 

It also freezes well.

For freezing, I just put a scoop of the creamy tofu ricotta right in the middle, cover with a good lid, and there’s another instant meal for a busy day.

 

The tofu ricotta is quick and easy to make. I prefer the firm tofu texture over the extra firm as it squishes to a more creamy cottage cheese texture.  However, it definitely needs to be drained very well and pressed between some paper towels or the end result will be too wet.

This picture shows the tofu before adding the seasonings or the cashew cream.

 

Everyone really loves the finished “ricotta” on crackers, plain or with added tomato or avocado slices.  It also makes a great dressing for a dinner salad: very versatile.

Lasagna Bowl

Yield: 7 or 8 bowls 1-cup each
Prep Time: 30
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

Ricotta-style Topping:

 1 brick firm tofu, rinsed and pressed between towels to absorb extra moisture.

1 tbsp lemon juice

1  1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning

1/2 tsp  garlic granules or powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup raw cashews

1 tsp onion granules

1 1/2 tsp food nutritional yeast flakes

1/4 tsp salt

1 pinch or dash of celery salt

1 tbsp lemon juice

 

Soup:

1/2 medium onion, chopped

2/3 cup mushrooms, sliced or diced

1/2 stick celery, diced

1 medium carrot, julienned, sliced or grated on medium grater

3 cups veggie broth

3 cups pasta sauce of choice

1/2 cup crumbled soy curls*

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp chicken-like seasoning & Italian Seasoning

1 tsp onion granules & soy sauce

1/2 tsp paprika & garlic granules or powder

1/4 tsp celery salt & cumin

4-5 whole-grain lasagna noodles, broken into bite-size pieces — use gluten free if needed

2 cups roughly chopped spinach leaves


Instructions:
  1. Take prepared tofu and squish with your hands until it is the size of cottage cheese curds.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine tofu and the 4 seasonings listed next.
  3. In a blender combine the next 8 ingredients and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour over tofu and fold it all together.  Cover and chill.

 

  1. For the soup, in a large kettle, sauté the onion, mushroom, celery and carrot.
  2. Add the broth, pasta sauce, soy curls, and seasonings.
  3. Bring this to a simmer while you break up the lasagna noodles.
  4. Once it is simmering nicely, add the noodles and the spinach.
  5. Continue to simmer for 15 minutes. –the simmer must be sufficient to cook the noodles, but do not do a heavy boil.
  6. Serve in large bowls and top with a big scoop of the ricotta-style topping.  Enjoy!

Notes:

*These can quickly be crumbled by putting them in a plastic bag and smashing them with something heavy like a rolling pin.  Do not powder, just crumble; they will expand.

As with most soups and definitely with lasagna, it will taste better the second day.

This also freezes nicely for a quick lunch.  I like to freeze in individual-sized bowls with the scoop of topping already added.