Tempeh Sausage & Tofu Ricotta Lasagna

Tempeh Sausage & Tofu Ricotta Lasagna

1. Tofu Ricotta "Cheese" filling:

1 lb. extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup vegan parmesan (see recipe below)
1 8 oz. container Tofutti cream cheese
1 clove minced garlic
1 tbsp dried basil
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
S&P to taste

Crumble tofu into a medium-sized bowl. Add remaining ingredients and combine well with hands.

2. Tempeh Sausage Crumbles

1 8 oz package soy tempeh, crumbled
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tbsp wheat-free tamari
1 tbsp olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon

Put the tempeh into a saucepan, add water until almost covered. Simmer until the water is almost completely absorbed, about 12-15 minutes. Drain the remaining water and add the rest of the ingredients, cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the pan, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

3. Marinara Sauce:

2 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 25 oz. jar marinara sauce
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (I used Muir Glen Fire-roasted)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp basil
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Using a stockpot, saute the onion and green pepper in the olive oil until wilted. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes (or longer if you have time).

4. Vegan Parmesan

1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup walnuts

Combine all in food processor and blend, using the S blade.

5. Follow Your Heart mozzarella cheese, sliced as thin as possible

6. Noodles:

1 box Tinkayada (or your fave) gluten free lasagna

Cook in large pot of salted water. Deliberately reduce cooking time to half the amount stated on the box. It will be VERY al dente. Don't worry - it will finish cooking in the oven.

When you drain the pasta, run very cold water over it to stop the cooking. Let drain in colander until you are ready to assemble the lasagna. When you take the noodles out of the colander to layer in the lasagna, wipe excess water off to keep lasagna from getting watery.

I assembled the lasagna in the following order:

noodles (3 to a layer)
tofu ricotta
tempeh sausage crumbles
vegan mozzarella
noodles (3 to a layer)
tofu ricotta
tempeh sausage crumbles
vegan mozzarella

Use your hands to plop the tofu ricotta onto the lasagna. When you have enough to make a decent layer, use your fingers to spread it out as much as possible.