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« on: September 16, 2004 04:40:49 AM »

Thanks to vegweb, I've found a vegan version of something I enjoyed so much as a child. My boyfriend ate 11 (!) of these because he was dumbfounded at how good they are. The tofu's resemblance to ricotta in both texture and taste is uncanny. I reworked the instructions a little bit to be more intuitive.

1 container (1 lb) extra-firm tofu
5 tablespoons nutritional yeast
dash of nutmeg
vidalia onion (or other sweet onion), chopped
2 boxes of frozen spinach, or the fresh equivalent
3 cloves garlic, 4 if you like garlic
at least 5 tablespoons of olive oil
1 large jar spaghetti sauce or fresh made
1 box pasta jumbo shells
salt
pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil

First, if you're using frozen spinach, defrost it, drain it, and set it aside.

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

Place 3/4 of the Tofu in a Food Processor or Blender and add 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil, a pinch of Nutmeg, nutritional yeast, and 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Blend until smooth. Mash the remaining Tofu into the Blended mixture that resembles Ricotta cheese or cottage cheese. Set aside.

Saut the onion in a little Olive Oil over low heat untll it becomes translucent, but not browned. Then add the garlic and saut for just a minute more. If using fresh spinach steam until the spinach is wilted about 2 minutes in boiling water and squeeze out all of the excess liquid. If using frozen, just put the drained frozen spinach into the mix uncooked. Add the spinach, onion and seasonings to the Ricotta mixture and set aside. Can be made ahead and refrigerated up to 24 hours.

In a large pot boil the Shells as directed on the package. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool off enough to handle them. Place enough spaghetti sauce on the bottom of an 8 X 12 baking dish just to cover. Stuff the shells with the Ricotta mixture. When you are done stuffing the shells place the rest of the spaghetti sauce over the shells. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Serves: 4 to 5... or two if you are me and my gluttenous boyfriend!

I was so thrilled with the results I brought the left overs to work for lunch. A note on the sauce: If you end up using more than one pan (because you end up with enough extra shells and mix to do more than one) then make sure you have another jar of sauce or you might run out.

If anyone tries it, let me know what you think.
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2004 10:06:21 AM »

do you have to put in the yeast?
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2004 03:30:53 AM »

You probably don't have to, but I recommend it, at least because nutritional yeast gives it a bit of a creamier cheesy consistency and because it's incredibly good for you.
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2004 11:02:15 AM »

this is a stupid question, but is nutritional yeast different then say bread making yeast? I have started making my family eat more vegan dishes, but I am a newbie at it.
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2004 03:39:56 AM »

Yes nutritional yeast is different. I've been vegan for 6 years and I have just finally gotten over the daunting name to give it a try. It comes in little yellow flakes, and it doesn't so much act as a yeast as it does flavor things. For instance, if you've had vegan popcorn that tastes cheesy or vegan mac & cheese, then it had nutritional yeast on it. It's quite a wonder, my boyfriend mixes it with soymilk, tumeric, ground mustard and cornstarch to make a nacho cheese style sauce we use on "vegan mcmuffins" and even on nachos... but unlike cheese, it is crammed full of essential amino acids and B vitamins... hence the "nutritional" part. Here are some links to where you can buy nutritional  yeast:

http://www.veganstore.com/index-store.html?deptid=17117&parentid=39&stocknumber=235&page=1&itemsperpage=12

You can find the same brand on Veganessentials.com under "cheese alternatives" for a little cheaper. It is a tad on the expensive side, especially if you use it a lot. Since I'm poor and sneaky, I get it from the bulk bin at Whole Foods and write down a different product code so it's cheaper. Don't tell anyone! haha
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2004 12:49:54 PM »

thanks,
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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2004 01:04:16 PM »

the stuffing sounds great!
but this wouldn't be vegan, would it, with pasta shells?  don't those have eggs in them?  i don't remember seeing vegan ones in the shop.  is there a brand to look for?
thanks!
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(non-vegan, but just curious...)
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2004 01:09:53 PM »

Pasta is basically just flour and water and many commercial pastas of all shapes and sizes are eggless -- though they aren't likely to be labeled as vegan.  Just read the ingredients label to be sure.
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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2004 03:51:58 PM »

About 90% of pasta is vegan. The only ones that aren't are "egg noodles"... the kind  you generally use in soup. I'd say most of the shells you'd find in the supermarket would be vegan.
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2004 05:12:31 PM »

i use approximately this same filling for mushroom caps, too. yummy! thanks for posting.

thought i'd post these links about nutritional yeast. a lot of vegans use it as a source of B12, but you have to be a bit careful about your brands and sources if you want the B12 intact.

http://www.veganhealth.org/b12/vegansources
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http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/b12.htm#reliable

and just to nit pick, real cheese has more aminos and B vitamins than nutritional yeast, it just isn't vegan.

anyway, hooray for yummy dinners!
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