Lasagna, pizza, parmigiana, ravioli… do we even need to keep going, or is your stomach growling already? All of these amazing recipes have one spectacular thing in common: Italian cheese. It’s quite literally what binds them together! Italian cheesy goodness comes in plant-based form with these 15 amazing recipes from our Food Monster App!
1. Fresh Ricotta
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This version of Fresh Ricotta from One-Hour Dairy-Free Cheese by Claudia Lucero has all the fluffy richness without the dairy. If you’re not sure you like ricotta, think of some of the delicious, iconic dishes that would be lost without it: lasagna, cannoli, white pizza. The fact that ricotta is mild makes it a versatile starting point and blank canvas for traditional and nontraditional dishes. Need to add protein to a salad, roasted veggie dish, or even pancakes? Reach for ricotta!
2. Lemon Almond Parmesan
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The combination of almonds, nutritional yeast, lemon zest, and salt make this Lemon Almond Parmesan from Laura Hemmington cheesy and bright. The lemon zest adds a tanginess and a fragrance that cuts through big, hearty flavors. Sprinkle this on your favorite savory dishes, like pasta and roasted vegetables, or try it on salads.
3. Cashew Mozzarella That Melts
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This recipe for Cashew Mozzarella That Melts from Azucena Noriega is fantastic because it is so simple – you only need five ingredients. All you need is a little patience and you will have delicious gooey mozzarella that will taste like it’s fresh from the countryside of Italy.
4. Herb Crusted Cashew Provolone Cheese
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This mild, Herb Crusted Cashew Provolone Cheese from Ashley Hankins has a smooth, melt-in-your-mouth texture. It’s easy to slice and also soft enough to spread. You don’t have to miss cheese on a plant-based diet!
5. Baked Eggplant Stacks With Cashew Ricotta
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A twist on a classic Italian meal with baked eggplant slices stacked with homemade cashew ricotta, balsamic-infused baby spinach, and a marinara sauce. This Baked Eggplant Stacks With Cashew Ricotta recipe from Jennifer Strohmeyer is perfect who loves new spins on old classics, or any lover of good Italian food.
6. Easy 4-Ingredient Mascarpone
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A 5-minute, 4-ingredient, easy and delightful plant-based mascarpone. It works great as a bagel spread (think lox, with red bell pepper “salmon”), as a topping over muffins, desserts, fruits or smoothies, over gram crackers, or even as a cream base for soups. With such simplicity and versatility, this Easy 4-Ingredient Mascarpone recipe from Maya Sozer sure is tasty!
7. Tangy Cashew Tofu Ricotta
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It’s tough to break up with cheese. Thankfully, you don’t have to, even if you’re cutting back on cheese. This Tangy Cashew Tofu Ricotta from Molly Patrick is perfect for all your ricotta needs — and it’s so easy to make! Try it in manicotti, baked ziti, and lasagna. It’s so tasty, you might even just want to eat it on toast!
8. Raw Almond Parmesan
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Add in some nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and a little sea salt to this Raw Almond Parmesan from Julie West and you have yourself a nice healthy topping. And it’s so easy to make too. It will add tons of flavor to your salads, soups, pastas and so much more! Sprinkle away…
9. Moxarella Cheese
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This is homemade Moxarella Cheese from Somer McCowan. It’s instant and without any artificial anything. It browns and stretches. This cheese stays in a “melted” type form until baked, and then it forms a nice crust, like dairy cheese does!
10. Sweet Ricotta Cheese With Raw Buckwheat
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This Sweet Ricotta Cheese With Raw Buckwheat from Nele Liivlaid is great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert! Spread this on some toast, include it in your lasagna, or make vegan cannoli for everyone to enjoy!
If you’re craving Italian food now, we’ve got you covered! Check out our Ultimate Guide to Italian Vegan Food and these 15 Stellar Italian Sweet Potato Recipes!
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