Vegan Ricotta Cheese

A creamy ricotta-style cheese made from cashews and tofu, perfect for rollatini, lasagna, and manicotti.

Yield: 1½ to 2 cups

Time: 15 minutes


  • food processor
  • rubber spatula


  • ½ c raw cashews*
  • ¼ c lemon juice
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ t dried basil or 1 T fresh
  • 1½ t salt
  • ½ to 1 pound firm tofu** pressed and crumbled


Place everything but the tofu in the food processor and blend until fairly smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.

Gradually add the tofu, processing until it reaches the perfect texture.


* If you have time, soak the cashews for 20 minutes or so beforehand, then drain and proceed with the recipe.

Veganomicon** The original recipe calls for a pound of tofu, but I prefer the texture after adding just half a pound.

Variation: Spinach ricotta.

Adapted from the recipe for "Cashew Ricotta" in Veganomicon, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero – read my review.

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Mock ricotta cheese