Ricotta and Tomato Layered Pasta Bowl


Ricotta and Tomato Layered Pasta Bowl


“Ricotta and Tomato Layered Pasta Bowl”

This is a guest post by Cheryl Malik over at The Laidback Vegan.

The marriage of a rich tomato sauce and a fluffy, creamy ricotta base—fortified with dried herbs and lemon zest—makes this the perfect Italian comfort food! You’ll love how simple yet delicious the homemade marinara sauce is, and you’ll fall head-over-heels for Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese smothered penne cooked al-dente.


Marinara Layer
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion, about one onion
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic, about two small cloves
1/2 cup Italian red wine, like Chianti
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Ricotta Layer
1 16-ounce container Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

1 pound penne, cooked al-dente according to package directions, and drained fresh chopped parsley, chives, or basil, for garnish, optional


1. Heat the olive in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent, about 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, or until beginning to soften and very fragrant—be careful not to burn. Add the wine and deglaze the pan—scraping all the brown bits on the bottom of the pan—and boil until almost all wine is evaporated, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, dried parsley, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Cover, simmer on lowest heat for 15 minutes. Make ricotta layer.

2. While marinara is simmering, mix together all ricotta layer ingredients. Season to taste, adding more salt, pepper, lemon zest, or herbs.

3. When marinara is ready and penne is cooked and drained, toss penne in ricotta mixture and spoon into serving bowls. Top with a layer of marinara and fresh parsley or basil for garnish, optional.

Visit Cheryl at TheStylistQuo.com and TheLaidbackVegan.com.

*Note: This is NOT an official recipe from Tofutti Brands, Inc.

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2 Responses to Ricotta and Tomato Layered Pasta Bowl

  1. fiona says:

    Looks great. Can you explain the yeast? Thanks.

  2. Allison says:

    I love my pasta! I’ve never seen this ricotta before, but I will need to hunt it down! Tomato sauce on pasta is one of my favourite meals ever -sometimes nothing else will do :)