The Best Vegan Lasagna is an amazing meatless, dairy-free lasagna packed with a hummus tofu ricotta that'll please any carnivore!
This is one those "there's no way in hell that's vegan" moments. THE MOST MOMENTOUS OF MOMENTS.
It was a proud, proud moment when my carnivorous boyf and I first sank our teeth into this luscious, best ever vegan lasagna. The truth is that I've been making a version of this delicacy for years, and if you're a loooooong time Hummusapien reader, you remember.
My Skinny Vegan Lasagna straight outta the Dark Ages, of course! The photos in that blog post... I simply cannot.
Then there were the Summer Vegetable Lasagna Rolls. Because isn't everything more fun when it's all portioned out?
Now we're back to the good ol' casserole version. The old favorite. I don't know how or why or where or when or what but the combination of garlic hummus and tofu and nutritional yeast is SO much like ricotta that it's honestly bizarre. Uncanny. Bombastical.
It tastes more like ricotta than ricotta does. Is that a thing?
Many mouths have enjoyed (and that's a vast understatement) this best vegan lasagna. I 100% guarantee that you could serve this to meat mongers and die-hard dairy fans and they would lick their plates! Aaaaaand ask for thirds.
How to Make Vegan Lasagna
To make this epic lasagna, I use local Oasis roasted garlic hummus, an entire 40oz jar of my favorite Rao's marinara from Costco (I love sauce!), and either whole grain lasagna noodles or these lentil noodles, but there's lots to play around with here.
If your kids hate mushrooms or spinach, leave it out. If they won't go within ten feet of anything whole grain, use regular noodles (or brown rice noodles for gluten-free!).
Sadly, this vegan lasagna recipe will not work without tofu (I've had this press for years and it's the best), hummus, and nutritional yeast. You can purchase nutritional yeast at most grocery stores in the natural section so I assume they have it at most other grocery chains.
It really helps with that cheesy flavor, not to mention that's it's high in protein and energizing B vitamins.
Do I Need to Pre-Boil the Noodles?
Yes. I use whole grain lasagna noodles that I boil just until al dente. You can definitely use no-cook noodles like these to save time and skip boiling, just be sure to check the packaging to confirm.
This Vegan Lasagna is Healthy, Too!
The nutrition stats on this best vegan lasagna are off the wall awesome. This is one HEALTHY lasagna! One big slice has a whopping 17 grams of protein, not to mention all the calcium from the tofu and filling fiber from the veggies and whole grain noodles. Plant-powered protein, oodles of veggies, and healthy fats---gang's all here.
I added some extra greens into this gorgeous and super easy recipe but it tasted just as fantastic without them. I'm so, so, so freaking excited for you to try this!
CRAVING MORE GOODNESS? DON’T MISS MY OTHER GO-TO PASTA RECIPES:
- Vegan Lasagna Soup
- Baked Spaghetti with Kale, Mushrooms, and Tofu Ricotta
- Vegan Summer Vegetable Lasagna Rolls
- Creamy Vegan Tomato Basil Pasta
- Vegan Butternut Squash Pasta
Please let me know how this vegan lasagna turns out for you by leaving a star rating and/or comment! I hope you adore it as much as I do.Print
This Best Vegan Lasagna is an amazing meatless, dairy-free lasagna packed with a hummus tofu ricotta that'll please any carnivore! You'd never guess it wasn't packed with cheese.
For the lasagna:
- 12 whole grain lasagna noodles
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium zucchini, chopped (optional)
- 8oz pkg sliced mushrooms
- 12oz pkg frozen spinach, thawed (can sub a few handfuls of fresh spinach)
- 7-10 cups marinara sauce (2-25oz jars, I like mine saucy!)
For the tofu ricotta:
- Preheat oven to 350F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add noodles and cook just until al dente.
- Meanwhile, heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Once hot, add zucchini, mushrooms, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes or until softened. Add spinach and sauté for another 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
- Place drained and pressed tofu in a large bowl. Crumble with hands. Add hummus, nutritional yeast, basil, salt, and garlic powder. Stir together with your hands until it's semi-smooth and resembles ricotta.
- Place about 1 ½ cups of marinara in the bottom of a 9x13in baking dish. Top with 4 noodles (3 lengthwise and 1 widthwise to cover the gap at the end). Next add half of the ricotta mixture and half of the vegetable mixture. Top with a heaping 1 ½ cups or more of sauce. Repeat with more noodles, tofu mixture, and veggies. Then top with one last layer of noodles and another 1 ½ cups or more of sauce; I went heavy on the sauce because I love sauce! Top with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.
- Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
TO FREEZE: This lasagna reheats beautifully from the freezer. You can 1) freeze tightly wrapped/bagged freeze individual portions and reheat from frozen in the microwave OR 2) freeze the whole pan, then when you're ready to bake, let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight and bake the next day. Note that it may take longer to bake depending on how thawed it is.
TO MAKE IN ADVANCE: Assemble the lasagna per the recipe. Instead of baking, wrap tightly with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake. If possible, remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking to allow lasagna to get back to room temperature.
I originally included 1 cup of peas in this recipe but removed them for simplicity. Feel free to add!