Vegan Eggplant Parmesan with Cashew Ricotta

January 31, 2013

eggplant parmigana

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Now on to food. This week I tried making vegan eggplant parmesan.

I love ricotta cheese in my eggplant parmesan so as a substitute I blended together a combination of nuts, tofu, lemon juice and fresh herbs to mimic the flavor and texture of ricotta. It tasted pretty good,  and once everything was baked together, I didn't miss the ricotta at all.

Hope you enjoy this vegan eggplant parmesan as much as I did. If you love pasta as much as I do, you will probably enjoy my Vegan Manicotti with Spinach and Vegan Mac n Cheese with Cauliflower Bechamel.

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Vegan Eggplant Parmesan with Cashew Ricotta

Eggplant Parmigiana with Cashew Ricotta
Vegan Eggplant Parmigiana with Cashew Ricotta
Recipe type: Entree
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ medium onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 2 large eggplants
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, or 1 tbsp minced fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, stemmed and leaves torn into large pieces
  • 1 recipe Cashew Ricotta (see below)
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • ½ cup non-flavored, non-dairy milk
Cashew Ricotta
  • ¾ cup raw cashew pieces (4 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 grinds of black pepper
To make Eggplant:
  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until soft and translucent (about 4-5 minutes). Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and their juices and cook, stirring occasionally until thick, 25-30 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with a little olive oil.
  3. Trim the ends of the eggplants, then cut the eggplants lengthwise into ¼ inch thick slices. Place the non-dairy milk in a bowl and the bread crumbs on a plate. Dip each slice into non-dairy milk and then into the bread crumbs until each slice is coated lightly in the crumbs. In a large skillet, heat a tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat. Put as many eggplant slice as will fit in the skillet and cook until golden brown, turning once, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels to drain, then season lightly with salt and pepper. Repeat with the remaining eggplant.
  4. Stir the oregano and 1 tablespoon of the parsley into the cashew ricotta.
  5. Spread one-fourth of the tomato sauce on the bottom of the prepared pan, then arrange one-third of the eggplant slices on top of the sauce. Sprinkle one-third of basil leaves over the eggplant, Spread one-third of the cashew ricotta (about ½ cup) evenly over the basil leaves. Repeat the layers two more times: sauce, eggplant, basil and cashew ricotta. Spread the remaining sauce over the last layer of cashew ricotta. If you have some extra bread-crumbs, you can also sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top to give it a crunchy top.
  6. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until the juices are bubbling. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Cashew Ricotta
  1. In a food processor, combine cashews, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, tofu, ½ tsp salt and 2 grinds of pepper. Process until smooth and creamy, 2-3 minutes. Set aside.





11 thoughts on “Vegan Eggplant Parmesan with Cashew Ricotta

  1. Delicious! I ran low on eggplant, so I used portobello mushrooms for half, and it came out great. Thanks Ordinary Vegan!

  2. My family is going vegan and we saw this recipe and thought we’d try it because we love lasagna but we don’t like all the saturated fats. This recipe was delicious (we made it a little spicier). My coworkers (who ARE NOT VEGAN) loved it and asked when I would be making more. Two thumbs up.

    1. Hi Vita – Thanks so much for taking the time and sharing and for being part of our healthy community. I love this recipe because it really satiates and so happy your family loved it too! Congratulations on your compassionate choices.

  3. Oh my God! This was the best lasagna I’ve ever had and I made it!!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Thank you Lissette – so happy you enjoyed it and thanks for taking the time to let me know! Nancy

  4. I ended up with twice as much eggplant somehow. The cashew ricotta was better than the real thing. I just wanted to stop cooking and dip in to it.

    1. Hi Karl – Thanks for your feedback and kind words. Sorry you had so much extra eggplant. I guess it just depends on the size of the eggplant. I personally love eating leftover eggplant on Italian bread with marinara sauce. Yum.

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