Dairy Free Ricotta

With only a few household ingredients you can make flavorful Dairy Free Ricotta, just as creamy and indulgent as the real thing.

dairy free ricotta

Dairy free ricotta is a game-changer for anyone looking to enjoy the creamy texture and rich goodness of traditional ricotta cheese without the dairy. Made with tofu instead of cheese, this vegan ricotta recipe is not only delicious but also versatile and easy to make.

This dairy free ricotta is perfect to use in lasagna or stuffed shells. Our absolute favorite way to use this is in our Eggplant Rollatini recipe. It’s the perfect comfort dish.

Whether you’re lactose intolerant, vegan, or simply looking to switch up your usual cheese routine, dairy-free ricotta is a must-try.


Why You’ll Love This:

This tofu ricotta is a winner for so many reasons. It’s creamy, flavorful, and incredibly versatile. Whether you’re using it as a topping for pasta, spreading it on toast, or incorporating it into your favorite recipes, dairy-free ricotta adds a deliciously creamy texture and subtle and sure to impress.

What Kitchen Tools Are Needed For This Recipe:

To make tofu ricotta, you’ll need just a few basic kitchen tools:

  • Food processor or blender
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon or spatula for mixing

What Ingredients Are Needed:

For this vegan ricotta recipe, gather the following ingredients:

  • Soft tofu: Provides the base for the ricotta and adds creaminess.
  • Lemon juice: Adds acidity and brightness to mimic the flavor of traditional ricotta.
  • Nutritional yeast: Adds a cheesy flavor without the dairy.
  • Garlic powder: Adds a savory note.
  • Salt and pepper: To taste.
  • Italian seasoning: Adds more flavor.

How To Make It:

  • Drain the tofu and pat it dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • Crumble the tofu into a food processor or blender.
  • Add lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to the tofu.
  • Process or blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.
  • Transfer the tofu ricotta to a mixing bowl and use it immediately or refrigerate it until ready to use.

Helpful Tips:

  • For a thicker ricotta consistency, use firm tofu.
  • Adjust the amount of lemon juice and nutritional yeast to suit your taste preferences.
  • If you prefer a chunkier texture, pulse the tofu mixture in the food processor instead of blending it until smooth.
  • Store any leftover tofu ricotta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.

History Behind This Recipe:

The concept of dairy-free ricotta has its roots in the vegan and plant-based food movement, which has gained popularity in recent years due to concerns about animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and personal health. As more people embrace vegan and dairy-free lifestyles, there has been a growing demand for alternatives to traditional dairy products like ricotta cheese.

Substitutions And Variations:

  • Add fresh herbs like basil, parsley, or chives.
  • Stir in roasted garlic or sun-dried tomatoes for a twist.
  • Use lime juice instead of lemon juice for a slightly different profile.
  • Replace the nutritional yeast with vegan parmesan cheese for a more authentic cheesy taste.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Is Tofu Ricotta Healthy?

Yes, tofu ricotta is a nutritious alternative to traditional ricotta cheese. It’s lower in calories and saturated fat and contains no cholesterol or lactose. Plus, tofu is a good source of protein, iron, and calcium.

Can I Freeze Tofu Ricotta?

While tofu ricotta can be frozen, its texture may change slightly upon thawing. To freeze, transfer the ricotta to an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before using.

How Do I Use Tofu Ricotta?

Tofu ricotta can be used in any recipe that calls for traditional ricotta cheese, such as lasagna, stuffed shells, or pizza. It’s also delicious spread on toast, crackers, or sandwiches, or stirred into soups and sauces for added creaminess.

Storage Instructions:

Store any leftover tofu ricotta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Use it as a creamy topping for pasta, spread it on toast, or incorporate it into your favorite recipes for a dairy-free twist on classic dishes.

dairy free ricotta

Dairy Free Ricotta

Author: Maddy & JD – Them Bites
With only a few household ingredients you can make flavorful Dairy Free Ricotta, just as creamy and indulgent as the real thing. Use this in lasagna, stuffed shells, eggplant rollatini, and more.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Course dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups
Calories 77 kcal


  • 1 food processor


  • 14 oz soft tofu
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Instructions

  • Remove the tofu from the packaging. Place on folded over paper towel and gently press more towels on top to remove moisture. Repeat with fresh paper towels. (Since you're using soft tofu, don't press too much).
  • Tear the tofu into chunks and add to your processor. Add all other ingredients and process until smooth and creamy.
  • Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Scoop into a sealable container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using.


Calories: 77kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 179mgFiber: 3gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 23IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
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