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If you are looking for a dish that takes some time to prepare, but is worth every second because the presentation is so pleasing, this is the dish for you! This recipe came from The Soy of Cooking by Marie Oser and is a great low-fat, vegan version of homemade lasagna. ENJOY!
- 3⁄4 broccoli floret, cut into 20 florets
- 25 ounces tomato sauce
- 1 (28 ounce) can plum tomatoes
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can Italian stewed tomatoes
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 6 ounces Burgundy wine
- 4 fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 1⁄2 garlic (fresh or powder)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 (8 ounce) package lasagna noodles
- 3 3⁄4 cups firm tofu, drained
- 1⁄3 cup scallion
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 10 ounces chopped broccoli
- 1⁄2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 tablespoon Braggs liquid aminos
- fresh basil (for garnish)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Blanch broccoli florets for 30 seconds in boiling water, then place broccoli in ice water to stop cooking process; set aside.
- Stir tomato ingredients together in saucepan over med-low heat.
- Add wine and stir.
- Add spices and simmer.
- Cook noodles and rinse in cool water.
- Place tofu in a mixing bowl and mash with hands, potato masher or whisk.
- Add all remaining ingredients except basil for garnish and stir, creating a ricotta-like mixture.
- Drain noodle and cover a 9x13 pan with tomato sauce mixture.
- Do not forget to remove the bay leaves.
- Place a noodle on a flat surface (ex. cutting board) and put filling along the center of the noodle, then roll the noodle up and place fold down in the cooking pan.
- Take two of the broccoli florets and tuck into both open ends of the noodle.
- Arrange the filled noodles 2 by 5 in the cooking pan, with the florets facing outward.
- Top with the remaining sauce and a basil leaf.
- Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes.
- Remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes.
I served this to two non-vegan guests who loved it. The presentation is the best part. The flavor is fine, although I agree with Vegan Mom's review. I would recommend adding less than half the tomato sauce and including a little salt, pepper, sugar, oregano, rosemary and parsley.
I thought the ricotta like mixture was pretty good. I added a little salt and pepper to give it a bit more flavor. The sauce was good as well. However the end result was really watery. I used homegrown plum tomatoes intstead of the canned, and I didn't press the tofu, so those may be the culprits. Next time I'll change that and see what happens.
The substitution of tofu for ricotta cheese is not that pleasing to the pallet. The sauce mixture, though, is good.