Tofu Lasagna

Prep: 30 minutes Cook: 60 minutes Rest: 45 minutes

Serves:6-8

This recipe is quite similar to the lasagna that I have been making for my family for years. This recipe uses no soy cheese, however, which makes it lower in fat but still "creamy" and delicious. Make sure to let it rest for at least 45 minutes before serving so it "sets up"nicely.

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Tofu Ricotta
  • 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (see hints)
  • 8 ounces no-boil lasagna noodles (see hints)
  • 2 25 ounce jars fat-free pasta sauce
  • parmesan cheese substitute

Directions

Make the Tofu Ricotta (recipe in Miscellaneous). Add the spinach to the tofu ricotta mixture and stir well to mix.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour about 1 cup of the pasta sauce into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Place a layer of noodles over the sauce. Spread half of the tofu mixture over the noodles. Pour another cup or so of the pasta sauce over the tofu mixture and spread evenly. Add another layer of noodles and spread the remaining tofu mixture over them. Pour another cup or so of sauce over the tofu and spread evenly. Top with another layer of noodles and another cup or so of the sauce, making sure all the noodles are covered. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese substitute. Cover with parchment paper, then cover that with aluminum foil, crimping the edges under the baking dish top to seal the top well. Bake for 60 minutes. Let rest for at least 45 minutes before cutting.

Hints: To make the tofu ricotta without a food processor, place both kinds of tofu in a large bowl and mash well with a bean masher. This will result in a slightly less "creamy" mixture. Stir in the remaining ingredients. For a more spinach flavored lasagna, use 2 10 ounce packages of spinach, thawed and squeezed dry. Do not mix with the tofu, instead, layer over the tofu mixture before covering with the sauce. To add more vegetables to the sauce, saute some onions and mushrooms in a dry non-stick pan until softened, about 5 minutes. Add this to the pasta sauce before using in the recipe. Other vegetables may also be added as desired. Another delicious option is to thinly slice some zucchini lengthwise and lay these strips over the tofu in each layer. No-boil lasagna noodles are available in most supermarkets and natural food stores. Look for whole grain varieties when possible. For a fantastic gluten-free option to the wheat lasagna noodles, use Tinkyada brown rice lasagna noodles. They also do not need to be boiled ahead of time before using in recipes.