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Beyond Meat Lasagna (Vegan)

Brandi
This vegan lasagna with Beyond Meat Ground is cheezy AF (with a z to show it's not "real" cheese), meaty, comforting, and will astonish all your omni friends.
Prep Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian

Ingredients
  

  • 3 shallots
  • 2 cloves elephant garlic or ~6 cloves regular garlic (can't have too much garlic, am I right?!)
  • 2 bags vegan cheese I used a blend of Daiya and Violife shredded mozzarella. Use whatever tf you love. *See notes.
  • 2 packages Beyond Meat, Beyond Beef Plant-Based Ground sub Impossible or whatever else if that's your jam
  • 2 jars sauce sub your own homemade sauce if you are not lazy AF like me (I am shaming my Italian roots)

Vegan Ricotta

  • 4 tbsp vegan yogurt I used Silk plain almond milk because it's what I had. Whatever tf you love m'k?
  • 1 package tofu firm or extra firm will work, just not silken
  • 2-3 tsp capers or to taste...personally I say the more the merrier with these nuggets from God
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Start by thawing the Beyond Meat Ground on the counter till it's room temperature and soft. Ideally, thaw in the fridge the night before then the rest of the way on the counter before you are ready to cook.
  • Press tofu for a half hour to hour ahead of time to remove water. If you do not have a tofu press you can place the tofu on a plate with a tofu over it and something heavy on top (a cast iron pot or pan would work great). *See notes.
  • While meat is thawing and tofu is pressing, prepare vegan ricotta cheese by adding all ingredients to a food processor and blending until smooth. Don't over-process. It should be thick, but spreadable. If too thick, add additional lemon juice or yogurt (or water or plant-based milk alternatively).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cook noodles to package directions. For ready to bake noodles I recommend soaking in warm water for 10 minutes. This is what I did and they came out perfect. No weird chewy texture that you sometimes get with those kind.
  • Chop shallots and mince garlic. Divide each into two roughly equal piles.
  • Add 1 package of Beyond Meat Ground to a saucepan along with half of the shallots and garlic. Break up with a fork till you have the size pieces you want. (I recommend cooking only one package at a time as to not overcrowd. You'll be more likely to get the browning effect you are looking for. Cook for just a few minutes, you don't need to fully cook through.) Set your first batch aside and cook the next batch the same way.
  • Add all your browned meat back to the pan and add your sauce, reserving a little plain sauce for the bottom of your lasagna tray. Mix everything together.
  • Assemble the lasagna! Start with a layer of meatless sauce that you reserved, then a layer of noodles, and a layer of meat sauce. Next add a few dollops of ricotta roughly spread out and sprinkle shredded cheese over the ricotta filling in any gaps.
  • Another layer of sauce, noodles, sauce, ricotta and cheese, and so on. When you reach the top cover the last layer of noodles with with more sauce and also more cheese of you want. I personally love a thick layer of mozzarella on the top of my lasagna. *See notes.
  • Cover tray with foil and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Remove the aluminum foil and bake uncovered for another 10-15 min. If cheese is melted and the tray is bubbling, it's done. overstand for 10 minutes before cutting. Top with any leftover sauce if you wish and serve.

Notes

  1. There are certain brands of vegan cheese that I'd recommend here because they melt better than others. I used a blend of Daiya and Violife. This was in part to go easier on my wallet and I knew that both of these melt great. Violife is one of my all-time favorites in taste and melting ability. Another great option is Follow Your Heart Dairy-Free Mozzarella Shreds. All of these are 100% vegan, no casein or any of that crap to worry about. You can throw in some Miyoko's Mozzarella if you want to get fancy, but personally, I find it a waste. It'll get lost because there is so much rich goodness going on and that shit ain't cheap. But you do you, no judgments here. 
  2. Don't have a tofu press and don't feel like dealing with that shit? You can skip this step. The world will not end. Just be aware, the added water in your tofu will affect the consistency of your ricotta. You may want to add less lemon juice or yogurt. 
  3. Ready to bake noodles absorb more sauce than regular noodles. This is why I recommend a layer of sauce, a layer of noodles, and another layer of sauce. You want to really coat the noodles fully for the proper texture. If you are using regular lasagna noodles that you boil, you can use less sauce. 
Keyword lasagna, plant-based meat