Sunday, November 15, 2009

Daiya cheese vegan lasagna and vegan cheesy pasta

Warning: This blog is not safe for people who don't like delicious food that may look like vomit.

Yes, I know. You are tired of hearing about the magic of Daiya vegan cheese. Unless you are vegan yourself, in that case you might be singing Daiya's praises along with me.

So my latest attempt, on Jess' suggestion was lasagna. Usually lasagna has beef and ricotta cheese and stuff (mmmm ricotta, I miss you.) No vegan ricotta out there that I know of, and I'm not really interested in an almond tofu mixture, so I improvised. I used the following:

1/2 lb of italian Daiya, divided
1 package of tofutti Sour Supreme or another vegan sour cream
1 package of tofutti Better than Cream Cheese
1 cup of frozen spinach, prepared
1/4 c margarine

1 jar tomato sauce (i used a basil marinara)
no bake lasagna noodles

Save 1/2 of the Daiya and mix the rest of the ingredients. I used my stand mixer for this, until it was all creamed together.

I then layered the sauce, noodles, mix, and the rest of the daiya. Bake according to your pasta's instructions.

Um. It was interesting results.

I probably should have had more layers. Was it pretty? No. Not really. That dinner was just a bowl of delicious cheese mixture with intermittent noodle pieces throughout.

The cheese was really goooooood though. SO I decided to try again, just with cooked noodles. So next time around, I made the mix, I cooked a pound of noodles (I think they were fuscilli noodles) and I mixed the drained noodles, cheese and tomato sauce. I topped it off with sprinkled daiya and baked at 350 for 30 minutes.

The results:

Hot vegan cheesy pasta deliciousness.

So that's it for this blog. Hopefully my melted over lasagna didn't make you vomit.

Stay tuned for upcoming special features:A Vegan Thanksgiving and Eating through Las Vegas with special guests, Jess and Adam! They're not vegan so there should be meaty food porn as well.


Jess said...

Wow, just wow.

Wow because I feel special that I was mentioned not just once, but twice.

And wow because that lasagna. I have a lasagna blog waiting to be put together & posted, you've inspired me to do so. Mine looks messy when you dish it out, too.

I'm guessing like you said, more layers would have been good. But never use those no bake noddles. They just do NOT turn out good in it in my opinion. I think when I tried them mine has bubbled over as well, so maybe you can blame that on the noodles.

And I look forward to eating through Vegas. Nom nom nom.

ASKing said...


For my lasagna I use tofu for my ricotta and its really works out well. I keep it simple, using firm or extra firm silken tofu. add a smidge (teaspoon-ish)of olive oil. sprinkle oregano, basil and crush 1 -2 cloves of garlic in it. Mash together with a fork until its the consistancy of ricotta. That way you can use a spoon and drag it through the layers of pasta. I use brown rice lasagna noodles, and layer in some thin sliced eggplant.

I'm totally familiar with the whole, yes i know this looks like its already partially digested, but please try it, it tastes amazing.