This post is the perfect gift for our friends and readers who love ricotta, vegan or not! These recipes are easy to cook and awesome in taste! For vegan ricotta cheese options in this recipe, see our post here about vegan cheese substitutes.
Mushroom and Ricotta Calzones:
You have to begin with pizza dough which you can either cook at home or get ready-made. Make little circles out of this dough and keep aside. To prepare the filling – just roast garlic, onion, tomatoes, and some mushrooms in little bit of olive oil. Separately, prepare a mixture of vegan ricotta cheese and vegan mozzarella. Combine the cheese with the vegetable filling prepared earlier. Add vegan parmesan cheese too if you are really a cheese lover! Add salt, pepper, chili flakes and oregano! Your filling is ready!
Now just roll out the dough circles to a medium size – like making a chapatti – and fill it with the mushroom and ricotta filling. Pinch the edges closed and brush a little with olive oil to make sure that they don’t stick. Heat in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees, and eat them fresh! Try this recipe, and you will agree that even meatless calzones can be extremely tasty!
Cheesy pancakes sound interesting, don’t they? It will please your taste buds too! Mix 1 cup of all-purpose flour (can be wheat or white flour) with baking soda (1/3rd cup), a touch of sugar (to taste) and 1/2 cup egg substitute. Add vegan ricotta cheese into this mixture and blend it properly so that there are no lumps. Gently fold some blueberries into the batter, and pour the batter in small spoonfuls on hot pan. Cook over a medium flame with a little oil to save it from sticking to the pan. Flip over when one side begins to brown! Serve the pancakes hot, sprinkling the desired condiments! You can add choco-chips or something a little spicy as well!
- Spinach and ricotta Stuffed shells
This recipe incorporates spinach, which is rich in iron and good for health. But you can also add any other veggies desired! You need shell shaped pasta for this meal, which you will find in the retail store near you! Cook this pasta as directed on the package and set it aside after draining. Now fry a little garlic and spinach in olive oil, until the spinach leaves start to wilt. Let this mixture cool down and add some vegan ricotta cheese. Mix in condiments to taste – oregano, basil, salt, and pepper are great choices. Now spread some tomato sauce into a baking pan. Take the shells and stuff them with the ricotta and spinach mixture. Cover the pan with aluminum foil, and allow it to bake for some time (30-40 minutes on 375 degrees)! Please your crowd with this easy to make and delicious dish!
Vegetables and sauces are crucial for any lasagna, but this one loaded with vegan cheese makes it really special! Boil the lasagna noodles in salty water with a little olive oil, per package directions. Drain them and flatten them over an aluminum sheet. In a frying pan, pour some olive oil and add garlic, onion, zucchini, squash, mushroom, and salt. Cook until these veggies are softened but crunchy at edges. Add crushed tomatoes and red peppers. Use roasted red peppers, for a really finger licking taste! Mix some vegan ricotta cheese in a bowl, with a dash of non-dairy cream and salt. Add the vegan ricotta cheese, and some vegan mozzarella cheese too if you desire!
It’s time to assemble the lasagne! The bottom layer will be noodles, followed by a layer of vegetables, followed by veg cheese and sauce! You can repeat the same layering as desired and bake it after covering with aluminum foil. It will take 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees. Cut it into pieces and have a bite!
- Ricotta veg cheese toast: This one is fairly easy to cook and great in taste! Chop some onions, tomatoes and green chillies! Take a slice of fresh garlic bread (you can bake it at home or get it from market) and spread a thin layer of chopped onions, tomatoes and chillies over it. Spread with ricotta vegan cheese (the quantity will depend on how much you love cheese). Top with tomato slices, fresh basil, salt and pepper. Heat it in the oven for 5-10 minutes, just until the cheese melts! Serve it with cold or hot coffee (or wine) and have a perfect evening snack.
What I like about ravioli is the variety – so many delicious veggie and vegan cheese fillings! Here is the list of great vegan ravioli recipes to get you started!
Last but not the least, here is one of our more challenging vegan recipes! Demands a little hard work, but produces really tasty results! First you have to knead 2 cups of flour with water. Add salt, a pinch of baking powder and a dash of oil. After it is mixed, cover the dough with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, you can roast a little garlic in oil with zucchini, squash, fresh thyme and basil leaves. Now unwrap the dough and roll it into a circle of about 14 inches. Place it onto parchment paper, on a baking sheet, and top with the other ingredients and some vegan ricotta cheese. Fold the edges of dough towards centre gently pressing at the corners. Bake in the oven for around 15 to 20 minutes and serve hot, after cutting into wedges.
So try these recipes and give healthy doze to your life and something tasty to the tongue