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Wednesday 8 June 2016
Vegan lasagne with cauliflower, hummus and tofu "ricotta"
In the retro sitcom The Kennedys set in the 1970s, the very idea of lasagne is totally alien to the small town Brits: "pasta! not in a tin! that's madness!" So imagine what they would have said if the lasagne had a "ricotta" style layer made up mainly of cauliflower, tofu, hummus and nutritional yeast flakes. Even I found it weird! The world of vegan cookery continues to surprise and deliver great food.
E said it was the best vegetarian lasagna he had tasted. I suspect he really liked it because it didn't have the heavy cheese sauce and yet had a richness that was quite satisfying. I really loved it too, though perhaps not my favourite ever (not because I have a favuorite but because the world is full of excellent lasagnas). I found the cauliflower didn't cook as much as I expected and I would cook it a bit next time. There is something about raw cauliflower that I don't like when it is not fresh. I was quite taken by the cracks on top which made it look interesting.
the taste space called it an easy vegan lasagna. My version is not quite so quick because I made rather than bought the pasta sauce. I wouldn't have minded buying pasta sauce. However I only realised I had almost everything for the recipe after I had been grocery shopping and it was as easy to make a tomato sauce as to go out to the shops again. However now I have made it, I would love to plan to make it a little more.
Healthy Vegan Fridays, Pasta Please, Meatless Mondays, Eat Your Greens.
More lasagna recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Fennel and lentil lasagne (v)
Green lasagne with broccoli and rocket pesto
Meaty cauliflower and walnut lasagne
Pea lasagne (with tofu sour cream)
Tempeh and pumpkin lasagne (v)
Tofu-ricotta, zucchini and pumpkin lasagne (v)
Vegan lasagna with a hummus, cauliflower and tofu ricotta
Adapted from the taste space
350-400g wholemeal lasagna sheets
good handful chopped baby spinach
725g jar of tomato-based pasta sauce or the tomato sauce below
half head medium cauliflower (around 300-500g)
300g tofu (ideally firm, I used medium)
1/2 cup hummus
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt, or to taste
small handful of basil
[If making tomato sauce, make this first and prepare other ingredients while it simmers.]
Make vegan ricotta: Trim and chop cauliflower and then rice in the food processor or blender. I used it raw but next time would fry it in a spoonful or two of water to soften it - perhaps 5-10 minutes. Crumble tofu into bowl with the cauliflower rice. Mix in other ingredients, checking seasonings.
To assemble lasagna, spoon a little tomato sauce onto a 9x13 inch casserole dish and spread it to cover the bottom. Place a layer of lasagna sheets over tomato sauce. Now layer one third of vegan ricotta, one third tomato sauce, all the chopped spinach, lasagna sheets, one third of vegan ricotta, one third tomato sauce, lasagna sheets, one third vegan ricotta and one third tomato sauce.
Bake lasagna for 45 minutes at 180 C (or if your oven is slow like mine at 200 C).
Tomato (pasta) sauce:
1 tsp oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp salt flakes
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
To make the tomato sauce, fry onion in oil on low for 5 minutes in a small saucepan. Add carrots and continue frying for about 10 minutes until softened. Stir through garlic. Add remaining ingredients, except basil and simmer for about 15-30 minutes until thickened but still pouring consistency. Tear up basil and stir through when the saucepan is removed from heat after cooking.
On the stereo:
Everyone else is doing it so why can't we - The Cranberries