This recipe was such a big part of my life when I was in college, it was the first thing I made that was “fancy.” I loved this cookbook full of incredibly easy tofu recipes. Probably without it I wouldn’t still be a vegetarian over TEN YEARS LATER. Even though my brother and I made the food throughout high school, prior to becoming a vegetarian I really had no idea how to cook anything that didn’t come from a box – besides cookies and brownies (which I preferred raw, so “cooking” wouldn’t really apply there anyway).
It seems rude to copy over the whole recipe for stuffed shells, click on the link for that, but here is the first tofu ricotta recipe I ever tried:
- Mix together:
- 6 tablespoons minced fresh basil
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 to 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 pounds regular tofu, mashed, or 1 pound regular tofu, mashed
and 1/2 pound dairy-free mozzarella, grated
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
I now add maple syrup and lemon juice, a trick I learned from the vegan boyfriend, and oregano and rosemary, which are basically my two best friends. Put it in lasagna, on pizza, in calzones, manicotti, or mix it into red sauce for a creamier sauce. And for a new age hillbilly hippie blast, put tofu ricotta in your deep fried corn fritters in place of the egg and cheddar cheese. For best results, use Spring Creek Tofu, which I am going to marry shortly after I marry coffee which will be shortly after these dang liberals make it legal to marry random things.
The Post Punk Kitchen (PPK!) did a review of this book that gave me epic flashbacks to my early days as a vegetarian in rural Missouri. I left this cookbook behind when I moved to West Virginia (because it wasn’t actually mine) and had completely forgotten about it. The good lady at PPK also did a post on “Soy not ‘Oi!'” which was the cookbook that taught me how to make fry bread, and also that our food systems are a toxic mess that support a larger toxic mess that enables and enacts the systematic oppression of people and other living things.