Zucchini Vegan Ricotta Ravioli

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Serves Enough for 8 people

This dish would have to be one of my all-time favourite meals.  Don’t get me wrong, nothing beats home-made pasta ravioli, but this version is so, so delicious and extremely healthy and wholesome.  There are a few elements to this recipe, but they are all simple and you’ll have whipped up an incredible meal in no time.

The best thing to do is make the tomato sugo, and whilst that is boiling away create the other elements and then assemble.

This recipe makes about 18 ravioli.

Zucchini Vegan Ricotta Ravioli

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Serves Enough for 8 people


    Tomato Sugo
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bottle passata
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10-12 basil leaves
  • Vegan Spinach Ricotta Filling
  • 200 grams firm tofu
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy milk
  • 200 grams raw spinach
  • Ravioli
  • 4 large zucchini
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt


Tomato Pasta Sauce

Vegan Spinach Ricotta Filling

Assembling the Ravioli

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the vegan spinach ricotta filling compare to traditional ricotta in terms of flavour and texture?

The vegan spinach ricotta filling is likely to have a slightly different flavour and texture compared to traditional dairy ricotta, but it can be just as creamy and flavourful. The use of tofu and cashews creates a creamy base, while nutritional yeast adds a cheesy and umami flavour. The addition of spinach provides freshness and colour. Overall, it's a fantastic vegan alternative that offers a creamy, savory, and plant-based experience.

Can you provide any substitutions for nutritional yeast in the filling for those who might not have it on hand?

Nutritional yeast adds a unique cheesy flavour to vegan dishes, but if you don't have it, you can still make the filling delicious by using other ingredients: - **Vegan Parmesan:** If you have vegan parmesan cheese, you can use it as a replacement for nutritional yeast to add a cheesy taste. - **Miso Paste:** A small amount of white or yellow miso paste can provide a savory, umami flavour. - **Tahini:** Tahini paste has a rich and nutty flavour that can enhance the filling. Start with a small amount and adjust to taste.

Can this dish be customized with different fillings or sauces?

Absolutely! You can get creative with different fillings and sauces: - **Fillings:** Instead of spinach, you can use other greens like kale or Swiss chard for a different flavour. You can also experiment with different nuts or seeds, like pine nuts or sunflower seeds, in place of cashews. - **Sauces:** While the tomato sugo is classic and delicious, you can explore various pasta sauces, such as pesto, garlic and olive oil, or a creamy cashew-based sauce. Be sure to adjust seasonings accordingly.

Are there any recommended sides or garnishes for this dish?

This dish can be a meal on its own, but you can enhance it with some sides or garnishes: - **Garlic Bread:** Serve with slices of garlic bread or crusty Italian bread for a complete Italian-inspired meal. - **Salad:** A fresh green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing can complement the richness of the ravioli. - **Fresh Herbs:** Sprinkle with fresh basil, parsley, or chives before serving for added freshness and colour.