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Ziti in a baking dish

Vegan Baked Ziti with Nut-Free Cheese!


  • Author: Liz Madsen
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This luscious creamy Vegan Baked Ziti with Nut-Free Cheese is a delicious take on a classic family meal. Takes just 30 minutes to make!

Vegan, Oil-Free, Nut-Free, Sugar-Free, Can be Soy-Free, Can be Gluten-Free


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pound pasta of choice (may need to adjust cooking time for GF pasta)
  • 16 oz tomato sauce of choice (I used this tomato sauce)
  • 1 batch homemade vegan mozzarella or 3-4 cups vegan cheese of choice

Instructions

  1. Making this meal couldn't be much easier.
  2. First, put a pot of water on to boil and preheat your oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C). You can salt your water if you wish (it adds to the flavor, but feel free to skip it if you're watching your sodium.
  3. Make your cheese while you wait for the water to boil. Simply throw all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour your cheese into a small saucepan and cook on medium heat for 5ish minutes, stirring constantly when it starts to curdle.
  5. Within a few minutes it will transform into a gooey, smooth, stretchy cheese. Turn the heat off of that burner.
  6. When the water is to a nice boil, add the pasta and cook till al dente -- that is, lightly chewy but not crunchy. Drain the pasta in a colander and return to the pot.
  7. Mix through the sauce with a spoon. I used a large jar of sauce per pound of pasta.
  8. Now, add half the cheese and stir it into the pasta and sauce mixture. Add your pasta to a baking dish (I use a glass square or ceramic 9 x 13 most often).
  9. Using a clean spatula and spoon (easiest method I've found), spread the remaining cheese over the top of the pasta.
  10. Now bake it uncovered for 10 minutes. The cheese will stiffen a bit on the top (the texture is amazing) and the underside will be SUPER MELTY and creamy.
  11. Serve hot and enjoy! (Or eat leftovers cold out of the fridge... for breakfast... no judgement here :)
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American, Italian

Keywords: Vegan, Oil-Free, Nut-Free, Sugar-Free, Can be Soy-Free, Can be Gluten-Free, Pasta, Ziti