Delicious & Healthy Vegan Tofu Ricotta Recipe

Hello, foodies and health enthusiasts! Today, I have a very special recipe for you. It’s a vegan and dairy-free way to enjoy one of the most beloved cheeses – ricotta. Forget about traditional ricotta cheese that’s loaded with saturated fats and cholesterol. Instead, try Torgotta Cheese, also known as Torgo’s Vegan Tofu Ricotta.

As a vegan chef, I always strive towards finding ways to make vegan and vegetarian options more accessible and tasty for everyone. And this recipe is one of my favorites. Torgotta Cheese is super easy to make, requires only 4 ingredients, and takes less than 15 minutes to prepare.

Not only is it deliciously creamy and flavorful, but it’s also packed with nutrients that can benefit both your taste buds and your health. Made with silken tofu, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and seasonings like garlic powder and dried basil, Torgotta Cheese provides all the protein and calcium you need without any of the harmful effects of dairy.

So if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to traditional cheese or simply want to try something new and exciting, then look no further than Torgotta Cheese. Get ready to add a new staple to your pantry and enjoy the goodness of homemade vegan ricotta in your favorite recipes like lasagna or even as a topping on crackers or bread.

Stay tuned for the step-by-step guide on how to make this easy vegan tofu ricotta recipe that’ll knock your socks off!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Torgotta Cheese (Or, Torgo's Vegan Tofu Ricotta)
Torgotta Cheese (Or, Torgo’s Vegan Tofu Ricotta)

Let me tell you why you’ll absolutely love this Torgotta cheese recipe. First of all, it’s the perfect substitution for traditional ricotta cheese without using any dairy products. So, if you are a vegan or simply looking for some dairy-free alternatives, this recipe is all you need.

Trust me when I say this Torgotta cheese will be a game-changer in your life. With its rich and creamy texture, it captures the essence of traditional ricotta cheese, but at the same time is packed with unique flavors that will make your taste buds dance in joy.

This recipe also uses only four simple ingredients: tofu, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and olive oil. That’s it! It’s a hassle-free recipe that doesn’t require any fancy cooking skills or expensive ingredients.

Plus, homemade Torgotta cheese is incredibly versatile. You can use it in many of your favorite dishes such as lasagna, stuffed shells and even pizza topping.

So ditch the store-bought ricotta cheese and give this Torgotta cheese a try! I promise you won’t regret it. Welcome to the delicious world of healthy and easy vegan recipes.

Ingredient List

 A creamy block of torgotta cheese ready to be sliced and served!
A creamy block of torgotta cheese ready to be sliced and served!

Let’s dive into the goods that you’ll need to make this Torgotta Cheese Recipe. Don’t worry, none of these items are hard to find at your local grocery store! Here are the ingredients you will need:

For Torgotta Cheese Recipe, You will Need:

  • 1 lb. firm or extra firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

All of these ingredients are vegan, which means no dairy or other animal products have been used. This Torgotta Cheese recipe is a great substitute for traditional Ricotta cheese in any recipe, whether it be homemade lasagna or as a spread on crackers.

The Recipe How-To

 Who said vegans can't enjoy ricotta? Introducing Torgo's vegan tofu ricotta!
Who said vegans can’t enjoy ricotta? Introducing Torgo’s vegan tofu ricotta!

Alright, it’s time to put on your chef hat and get ready to roll up your sleeves. This recipe is a breeze to make and will be sure to impress your friends and family at your next gathering.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8 oz firm tofu
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Start by draining the tofu and pressing out any excess water. You can do this using a tofu press if you have one, or by placing the tofu between two paper towels and adding some weight on top. Let it sit for about 10 minutes to remove as much water as possible.

  2. While you wait, mince the garlic cloves into small pieces.

  3. In a bowl, combine the drained tofu with garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, olive oil, dried oregano, dried basil salt, and pepper.

  4. Mash up the mixture with a fork (or use a food processor or blender) until it’s well combined but still has some texture.

  5. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

There you have it! With only four ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you’ve just made delicious vegan tofu ricotta cheese that can be used in any recipe that calls for ricotta cheese.

If you’re planning on using this in a dish like lasagna or stuffed shells, spread it out onto a baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes at 350°F. This will help to dry out the mixture slightly and give it a more “cheesy” texture.

Congratulations, you just made your own homemade vegan ricotta cheese!

Substitutions and Variations

 This delicious and versatile cheese alternative is perfect for any Italian dish.
This delicious and versatile cheese alternative is perfect for any Italian dish.

Now, let’s talk about some alternatives and creative ways for you to make this recipe your own.

First, if you don’t have nutritional yeast on hand, or if you’re not a fan of its strong taste, you can try replacing it with vegan parmesan cheese or even vegan cream cheese. These substitutes will still give the dish that extra oozy and creamy texture we all love.

Secondly, if you’re looking for a more intense and herbaceous taste, you can try using fresh basil or replacing oregano with rosemary or thyme. The beauty of cooking is that there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to flavor combinations.

Thirdly, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to experiment with different textures, try subbing in silken tofu or even coconut milk for the firm tofu in this recipe. This could add extra creaminess and depth to the dish.

If you’re trying to limit your oil intake or want a lower-fat option, feel free to reduce the amount of olive oil used in this recipe. You can replace it with vegetable broth or even almond milk for an equally tasty result.

At the end of the day, making substitutions and variations to a recipe like Torgotta Cheese is all about what works best for your taste buds and dietary preferences. Don’t be afraid to get creative and mix things up a bit!

Serving and Pairing

 Whether you're making lasagna or stuffed shells, torgotta cheese is the perfect dairy-free alternative.
Whether you’re making lasagna or stuffed shells, torgotta cheese is the perfect dairy-free alternative.

Alright, my vegan amigos, it’s time to get creative with our Torgotta Cheese recipe. You can add this delicious and creamy cheese substitute as a topping on your favorite pasta dishes, like lasagna or spaghetti. The combination of the tangy lemon juice and savory garlic flavors in the Torgotta Cheese works beautifully with earthy spices like dried oregano, dried basil, and black pepper.

Looking for an appetizer idea for your next party? How about serving Torgotta Cheese on top of freshly sliced Italian bread or crackers? Simply slice the bread into small pieces, brush with olive oil, sprinkle some salt and freshly ground black pepper, and bake until golden brown. Serve warm with a generous spoonful of Torgotta Cheese on top. Trust me; your guests will be talking about this unique and delectable appetizer for days to come.

If you’re feeling adventurous, add some Torgotta Cheese to your favorite vegan pizza toppings like roasted vegetables or basil leaves. Sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top for an extra layer of flavor that will leave you craving more.

If you’re feeling extra indulgent (and who isn’t from time to time?), spread Torgotta Cheese over toasted baguette slices and top it off with marinated sun-dried tomatoes or artichoke hearts. It’s like having your own little piece of heaven right in your mouth.

Now that we’ve explored all these fantastic ideas for pairing our Torgotta Cheese let’s get cooking! Remember, be creative in how you use this masterpiece of a vegan find- I guarantee the possibilities are endless!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Made with just a few simple ingredients, torgotta cheese is a quick and easy recipe to add to your repertoire.
Made with just a few simple ingredients, torgotta cheese is a quick and easy recipe to add to your repertoire.

Hey there! Let’s talk about how to prepare and store your Torgotta Cheese, also known as Torgo’s Vegan Tofu Ricotta, so you can enjoy it anytime, anywhere. Here are some tips to keep in mind:


You can make this cheese up to a week ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. It actually gets better after it settles for a few days and flavors have had time to fully develop.


Once prepared, store your Torgotta Cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. You can use a plastic container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to seal out air and moisture.


If you find that your cheese has become too firm after storing it in the refrigerator, simply place it on a plate and microwave it for 20 seconds at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency again. Be careful not to overdo it though, as you don’t want the cheese to become rubbery or dry.

Additionally, you can add a splash of Almond Milk or Coconut Milk (depending on your preference) if you would like your cheese creamier when reheating.

Now that you know how to properly store and reheat the Torgotta Cheese, go ahead and make some extra batches. It’s perfect for busy days when cooking is not an option but you need something healthy and tasty handy. So get cooking now!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Say goodbye to store-bought vegan cheese and hello to homemade perfection!
Say goodbye to store-bought vegan cheese and hello to homemade perfection!

Hey, it’s your articulate assistant and I’m back with some golden nuggets for you! So, let’s talk about some tips to help you get the perfect Torgotta Cheese every time.

First off, the key to a great vegan tofu ricotta cheese is pressing your tofu. You want to remove as much moisture as possible from the tofu. You can do that by wrapping the tofu in a clean towel or paper towels, placing a heavy object on top and letting it sit for at least an hour. This will give you a more crumbly texture similar to ricotta cheese.

The second tip is about getting the right balance of flavors. The combination of nutritional yeast, lemon juice and garlic powder plays an important role in bringing out that cheesy flavor without adding any actual cheese! Don’t skip these ingredients and make sure they are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

Next, pay attention to your choice of herbs. Dried basil and oregano go perfectly with this recipe, but if you prefer something else, feel free to mix it up. Just make sure that it complements the rest of your ingredients.

Lastly, remember that this recipe is very flexible! It’s meant to be played around with and adjusted to your liking. For example, you can use silken tofu instead of firm tofu for a creamier texture or substitute almond milk for olive oil for a lower-fat version.

Give these tips a try and let me know how they work out for you in making perfect Torgotta Cheese every time!


Now, before we wrap up this recipe article, let’s tackle some frequently asked questions. I know that some of you might have some burning questions about this vegan tofu ricotta, and I’m here to answer them. So, let’s jump right into it!

What is vegan ricotta made of?

In the realm of dairy-free options, ricotta can also be made without using any animal products such as cashews, almonds, tofu, and coconut yogurt as the base. To enhance the flavor and texture, ingredients like lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic, and herbs can be added to the vegan ricotta.

What can you substitute for ricotta cheese that is lactose free?

This recipe contains nutritional yeast, which provides a cheesy taste to the ricotta alternative, without the need for any dairy products.

What is dairy free ricotta made of?

Looking for a vegan-friendly whipped ricotta substitute that’s creamy, spreadable, and delicious? This almond milk-based alternative is just what you need. With a lighter consistency perfect for spreading on crackers, toast, or crostini, it’s sure to be a hit with anyone who loves the taste and texture of ricotta. Made with simple yet flavorful ingredients including water, almonds, salt, rice starch, enzymes, tartaric acid, guar gum, and cultures, this whipped ricotta alternative is the perfect addition to any vegan chef’s toolkit.

How do you eat silken tofu?

Tofu, whether it’s soft or silken, can be consumed straight from the packaging without any preparation needed, though it is recommended to drain off any excess water beforehand.

Bottom Line

All in all, Torgotta Cheese, or Torgo’s Vegan Tofu Ricotta, is a game-changing recipe that will take your dishes to a whole new level. Whether you’re looking for a dairy-free alternative to traditional ricotta cheese or simply want to try a new twist on a classic dish, this easy vegan tofu ricotta recipe has everything you need.

Not only is it simple to make with just four ingredients, but it’s also incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of vegetarian and vegan recipes. From lasagna and stuffed shells to pizzas and sandwiches, the possibilities are endless with Torgo’s Vegan Tofu Ricotta.

So what are you waiting for? Head to your local grocery store and stock up on the necessary ingredients like firm tofu, nutritional yeast, olive oil, and lemon juice. With a little bit of effort and creativity, you can whip up this delicious vegan tofu ricotta cheese in no time.

Don’t limit yourself to just one recipe either. Experiment with different variations and substitutions like silken tofu or almond milk for an even creamier texture or herbs like fresh rosemary and thyme for an additional depth of flavor.

In conclusion, whether you’re vegan or just looking for healthy alternatives to traditional cheese recipes, Torgotta Cheese is an excellent option. Try it out today and get ready to amaze your taste buds with this scrumptious vegan delight!

Torgotta Cheese (Or, Torgo's Vegan Tofu Ricotta)

Torgotta Cheese (Or, Torgo’s Vegan Tofu Ricotta) Recipe

I am Torgo. The Master's unnatural vegan bender has forced me to become more creative. This recipe is great for Torgogna (see my other recipes) but could work wherever ricotta desires abound.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 1 cups
Calories 163.4 kcal


  • 12 ounces firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast


  • Crumble tofu in large bowl.
  • Add lemon juice, garlic powder, saltnpeppa, basil & oregano.
  • Use your favorite (unburned) hand to squeeze ingredients together.
  • Add oil & yeast. Utilize utensil to combine.
  • The end.

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Serving: 108gCalories: 163.4kcalCarbohydrates: 9.9gProtein: 16gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1.6gSodium: 216.3mgFiber: 5.6gSugar: 1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beans, Beginner Cook, Easy, European, Inexpensive, Low Cholesterol, No-Cook, Soy/Tofu, Spreads, Vegan
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