Tofu Ricotta

Tofu Ricotta


Firm tofu makes a wonderful substitute for ricotta cheese. This staple is extremely versatile and can be used in many recipes in place of cheese.
  • Serves: 2 cups
  • Active Time: 1 hr
  • Total Time: 1 hr
  • Views: 19,984
  • Success Rating: 100% (?)
    0% - I fed it to the dog


Step 1: Preparing the Tofu Ricotta

• 1 block of firm tofu (350 grs/12 oz), finely crumbled
• 2 tbsp tahini
• 2 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
• 2 1/2 tbsp shallot, minced
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
• 1/2 tsp lemon zest (optional)
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
• 3 cups baby spinach, steamed, chopped and drained well


First, gather and prepare your mise en place. Make sure that the tofu as been drained of any excess liquid.

In a bowl, add the crumbled tofu, the tahini, nutritional yeast and shallots and mix to combine. Then add the garlic, nutmeg, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix together and add the sea salt and pepper.

Mix again and fold in the chopped spinach, breaking it up a bit as you add it. Mix one last time to thoroughly combine the ingredients.

The mixture should hold together well but should not be too wet. If so, this is indicates that the tofu and spinach were properly drained.

Tofu ricotta can be used as a topping for items like pizza, or it can be used as a filling for dishes like lasagna or manicotti.


  • Evelyn W
    Evelyn W
    How does this tofu ricotta freeze? How long/quality after defrosting?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    The tofu ricotta freezes well and the quality is fine, especially if used as a pasta filling. Once it is thawed, the shelf life is typically 4-6 days, depending on how it was handled prior to being frozen.
  • Kristen S
    Kristen S
    Is it 3 cups raw spinach then steamed? or 3 cups already steamed?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    The spinach called for is already steamed.
  • Dawn  L
    Dawn L
    Could I put the spinach in raw?
  • Kirk B Rouxbe Staff
    Kirk B
    Hi Dawn - thanks for your question. You could add the spinach raw but I would suggest a really good rinse and still chopping it up very finely. But I like your instincts - the raw spinach will give this ricotta dish some nice, additional texture and complexity. Enjoy and thanks for cooking with Rouxbe! Chef Kirk
  • Amin I
    Amin I
    My son is allergic to tahini (sesame seeds), is there a substitute for that?
  • Lauren L
    Lauren L
    Hi Amin. Thank you for your question. You could add cashew or macadamia butter in place of the tahini. Another alternative is to add a TB or two of mellow white or chickpea miso. If you add miso instead of nut butter, you'll want to cut back or omit the salt in the filling as miso is quite salty. Let me know how it goes. Lauren

Leave A Comment

Please login or join the Rouxbe community to leave a comment.