Vegan Lasagna Soup

Vegan Lasagna Soup by Pasta-based. Warm, hearty, light and creamy vegan soup made with vegetable broth, lots of garlic, vegan sausage crumbles, fire-roasted tomatoes and lasagna noodles.

This recipe for vegan lasagna soup is sure to warm you up this winter. Last week, we had over a foot of snow here in Colorado and heating up this soup was the perfect comfort food.

As far back as I can remember, lasagna has been one of my favorite dishes. Like, last meal type favorite.

So when the thought of making it into a soup came up, I had to jump on it. If you really think about it, you can sort of make dish into a soup and it’s just as delicious!

It’s warm, hearty, savory and comes together fast. The best part about it is the creamy, garlicky, cashew ricotta cheese.

And of course the crimpy lasagna noodles! So good.

Vegan Lasagna Soup by Pasta-based. A bowl of brothy soup with sausage crumbles and lasagna noodles. There is a big dollop of vegan ricotta on top with parsley sprinkled on top of that. A piece of garlic bread accompanies the dish.

Not only does this recipe use delicious fire roasted tomatoes but we also browned up some of our favorite vegan Italian sausage and tossed that in as well.

We love using this recipe for TVP sausage crumbles but we also like to use the Field Roast Italian, too. I tried the Tofurky Italian sausage for this recipe too but I wasn’t a fan.

If you’re tired of using paper towels and/or dish towels to press your tofu, invest in this Tofuture Tofu Press!

I hope you enjoy this vegan lasagna soup recipe as much as I did. It comes together so quickly that it has become a typical weeknight meal.

Sometimes I’ll make this with other types of macaroni and it comes out just as yummy.

If you like this vegan lasagna soup, check out some other soups!

  • Chunky Chickpea Soup: a hearty soup packed with protein that will warm your belly any day.
  • Pasta Fagioli: Another soup that focuses on the BEANS. So healthy and delicious!

If you try this recipe, please feel free to comment below or tag us on instagram @pastabased or Facebook @pastabased.

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Vegan Lasagna Soup
Prep Time
10 d
Cook Time
20 d
 

Vegan sausage crumbles, vegetable broth, fire roasted tomatoes, italian seasonings. Topped with vegan cashew and tofu ricotta cheese. Served warm with lasagna noodles and fresh parsley.

Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pasta, Soup, Vegetables
Cuisine: American, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: dinner, italian, lasagna, soup, vegan italian recipes, vegan ricotta, Vegan Sausage
Servings: 6 servings
Calories per Serving: 451 kcal
Ingredients
Vegan Lasagna Soup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups onion chopped
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon italian seasonings
  • 2 cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 14 ounces vegan italian sausage chopped or crumbled
  • 16 ounces lasagna noodles
Vegan Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 cup cashews soaked
  • 7 ounces firm tofu pressed
  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (or alternative plant milk)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large pot. Add onion and garlic, sauté until soft and fragrant. Add tomato paste and Italian seasonings. Stir until combined and covering the onions, heat for about one minute.

  2. Add fire roasted tomatoes and vegetable broth. Stir to combine, bring to a simmer and heat for about 20-30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add lasagna noodles and cook until al dente, according to package direction. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water. Coat noodles with olive oil to prevent sticking. Set aside until ready to serve.

To make the vegan ricotta cheese
  1. Use the quick-soak method to soak your cashews. Drain and add to a food processor or high-speed blender.

  2. Use a tofu press to press the tofu. Once drained, add half the block to the food processor.

  3. Add nutritional yeast, garlic, lemon juice, basil leaves, parsley, salt, and almond milk to the food processor. Process on high until smooth and creamy. Add more plant milk, a tablespoon at a time, if it's too thick or to your desired consistency.

Vegan Lasagna Soup by Pasta-based. A bowl of brothy soup with sausage crumbles and lasagna noodles. There is a big dollop of vegan ricotta on top with parsley sprinkled on top of that. A piece of garlic bread accompanies the dish.

Vegan Lasagna Bowls

Vegan Lasagna Bowl by Pasta-based. All the ingredients of a lasagna but in a bowl! A close-up shot of a bowl filled with lasagna ingredients: wavy lasagne noodles, vegan meat sauce made with cauliflower and walnuts, and vegan ricotta cheese. Matt is holding a fork coming in from the left side and taking a forkful of the cheesy, saucy deliciousness.

This Vegan Lasagna Bowl recipe is basically a lasagna… in a bowl! Who would have thunk that? Ha! It’s everything that you love about lasagna – the meaty sauce, the ricotta cheese, and the wavy noodles, without all the baking time.

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Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce by Pasta-based. An overhead photo of a bowl of rigatoni smothered with creamy roasted red pepper sauce and a piece of crusty Italian bread on the side. Ribbons of basil leaves sprinkled on top and a fork with a wooden handle rested on top. This pasta is ready to be devoured!

This recipe for Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce is made with aromatic, sweet oven-roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, cashews, and shallots. It’s bursting with flavor because of the addition of herby fresh basil leaves and a splash of lemon juice.

Adding vegetable broth makes the sauce the perfect creamy texture to smother on top of your favorite pasta. Make this sauce for a wholesome and vibrant pasta dinner.

Roasting the red peppers for your vegan red pepper pasta is very simple and easy:

  • First, wash and slice the red bell peppers lengthwise. Remove all the seeds and membranes inside. Discard the stem as well.
  • Place the peppers cut-side down on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil.
  • Bake at 425°F (220°C) for about 30-40 minutes. You’ll see the skins of the peppers start to char a little bit, this is when you know they are done.
  • After the peppers are roasted, transfer them to a heat-safe bowl and cover with a towel. Let them steam for about 10-15 minutes, or until they are cool enough to handle.
  • Once steamed, it should be easy to peel the skins off the peppers. Now, they are ready to blend into a creamy, dreamy, sauce with the addition of a few other ingredients.
Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce by Pasta-based. A bowl of rigatoni smothered with creamy roasted red pepper sauce and a piece of crusty Italian bread on the side. Ribbons of basil leaves sprinkled on top and a fork with a wooden handle rested on top. This pasta is ready to be devoured!

Find the recipe for this Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce below. Leave a comment if you make this or tag us on instagram @pastabased!

More delicious pasta recipes:

  • Vegan Spaghetti Carbonara: a CLASSIC Italian dish that is creamy, cheesy and sure to impress anyone!
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli: One of our all-time favorites!  The filling is to die for and it pairs PERFECTLY with a sage brown butter garlic sauce.
  • Vegan Meat Sauce: A recipe that nobody will know is vegan!  The cauliflower crumble disguises itself perfectly in this meat sauce.
4.58 from 21 votes
Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Resting Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Creamy vegan pasta sauce made from roasted red bell peppers. A great alternative to tomato-based sauces. Easy and simple recipe perfect for any kind of pasta. 

Course: Dinner, Entree, Pasta, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: pasta, red bell peppers, sauce, vegan italian recipes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories per Serving: 384 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 large shallot chopped
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • basil leaves handful
  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Slice red bell peppers in half lengthwise and remove stems, seeds, and membranes. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Add whole garlic cloves, chopped shallot, and cashews to the baking sheet. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.

  2. Once the red bell peppers are finished roasting, remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the peppers into a heat-safe bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean towel and set aside until the peppers are cool enough to handle. Once cool, peel off the skins and discard them.

  3. In a blender, add roasted red bell peppers, garlic cloves, shallot, cashews, basil leaves, vegetable broth, and lemon juice. Blend until well combined and creamy. 

  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add preferred pasta and cook based on package instructions. Drain and set aside. 

  5. Heat blended red pepper sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. Combine with cooked pasta. Serve warm. Top with vegan parmesan and red pepper flakes. To store, cool and refrigerate for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 87mg4%
Potassium 395mg11%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 2525IU51%
Vitamin C 104.4mg127%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce by Pasta-based. A bowl of rigatoni smothered with creamy roasted red pepper sauce and a piece of crusty Italian bread on the side.
Easy, Creamy, Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce by pasta-based.

Vegan Chicken Francese (Tofu Francese)

This recipe for Vegan Chicken Francese is made with bite-sized pieces of delicious vegan buttermilk battered tofu. The tofu is lightly fried and then tossed in a tart but creamy vegan lemon-butter sauce.

A pan of vegan chicken francese with a lemony butter sauce and a parsley garnish. Deliciously browned tofu bites are soaking up the lemony sauce.

Growing up, one of my favorite recipes from my mom was her chicken francese. If you’re not familiar with chicken francese, it’s chicken cutlets that are dredged in flour and fried in a lemon-butter sauce.

This recipe for Vegan Chicken Francese uses extra-firm tofu as a substitute for the chicken in my mom’s recipe. It’s surprisingly easy to make and comes together quick.

This recipe was so much fun to create because of how close it came to the flavors I was looking for. Francese sauce is a buttery lemon sauce and can be found on the menu at most Italian restaurants. This vegan chicken francese recipe is made with extra-firm tofu. It’s surprisingly easy to make and comes together quick.

When Life Gives You Lemons….

If you like tart lemon sauce then this is the perfect recipe for you! I personally LOVE lemon flavor.

Disclaimer: this recipe is SUPER tart and lemony – I love it! but if you’re not sure, you may want to start with a bit less lemon and add more to your liking.

Delicious browned tofu bites, dredged in flour and pan-fried, are resting in a lemony-butter sauce to make Vegan Chicken Francese.

The Best Way to Press Tofu for this Vegan Tofu Francese Recipe:

Make sure to use extra-firm tofu and press out as much moisture as you can.

This allows the tofu to stay together and not crumble as easily when you’re marinating it or frying it. We use this tofu press by Tofuture to make the process a little bit easier.

You can also wrap the tofu block in paper towels and balance a few books or pans on top.

You’ll need to change the paper towels a few times to make sure most of the moisture gets absorbed.

Pan-frying Your Vegan Chicken Francese in Oil – Hot Tips 😉

When pan-frying the tofu, make sure that the oil is hot enough before adding the tofu. You want to prevent the tofu from sticking and sometimes it may stick if the pan isn’t hot enough.

Always use an oil that has a high smoke point (above 375°F) such as vegetable oil, refined coconut oil, refined light olive oil, or refined avocado oil.

Try one piece first to see if the oil is a good temperature, you also want to be sure it doesn’t burn. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be frying up tofu like there’s no tomorrow.

Vegan chicken francese on a fork with spaghetti twirled around it.  Plate with spaghetti and tofu francese on it below.

Can I bake the tofu instead?

You can — but it won’t be quite as delicious. We did a test batch of tofu baked instead of fried, but we ultimately decided the fried version was better.

The tofu browns a lot nicer when fried, and there is more flavor. However, you can still bake the tofu if that’s what you prefer.

We baked the tofu at 400°F (200°C) for around 20-25 minutes (until they were firm and crispy). Add parchment paper to ensure they don’t stick to the baking sheet.

Close up photo of crispy fried tofu.

How to Serve Vegan Chicken Francese:

White or Brown Rice – Growing up, my mom would always serve this dish with white rice. The rice absorbs the lemony sauce creating something almost like a risotto.

Pasta – And of course another amazing pair for this Tofu Francese recipe is PASTA! I love to use a spaghetti with this dish, but I’m farfalle, orrechiette, or penne would go very well too.

Roasted Asparagus – Asparagus always goes well with lemon. Roast some in your oven and serve the vegan tofu francese together. Another good roasted veggie to use here is brussels sprouts.

Don’t forget the garnish! Garnish with fresh parsley, cracked black pepper, and vegan parmesan cheese.

An overhead view of two white bowls on a marble table. One bowl rests on top of a linen cloth. Inside the bowl is Vegan Chicken Francese made of browned tofu bites and a lemony-butter sauce. Also in the bowl is garlicky spaghetti with a garnish of vegan parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.
4 from 8 votes
Vegan Chicken Francese
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Vegan Chicken Francese. Bite-sized pieces of delicious vegan buttermilk battered tofu, lightly fried and tossed in a creamy and tart lemon-butter sauce.

Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: lemon, tofu, tofu francese, vegan, vegan italian recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories per Serving: 291 kcal
Ingredients
  • 14 oz extra-firm tofu pressed
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Lemon-butter sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1.25 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
Instructions
  1. Press the moisture out of the tofu block with a tofu press for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together almond milk and lemon juice. Let sit for 10 minutes to create a buttermilk.

  2. Drain and slice tofu into one-inch chunks. Add tofu chunks to buttermilk and gently coat. Marinade for 10 minutes.

  3. In a large bowl, mix flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Drain excess buttermilk from the tofu. Add tofu into flour mixture and stir gently to coat.

  4. In a large saucepan, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, add tofu chunks in one layer without overcrowding the pan. Gently fry and turn each side of the tofu chunks until browned around each side. Line a plate with paper towels and transfer each tofu piece once ready to absorb any excess oil.

To make the lemon-butter sauce
  1. In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium-high heat. Mince 3 cloves garlic and add to oil, sautéing until browned. Add 2 tablespoons flour and stir for a minute. Add vegetable broth and whisk to combine, breaking up any chunky flour pieces.

  2. Add lemon juice and whisk to combine. Turn up the heat until the sauce starts bubbling and comes to a low boil. Stir for about 2 minutes, until the sauce starts getting thicker.

  3. Remove saucepan from heat and add 2 tablespoons vegan butter. Mix to melt the butter. Add tofu chunks into the sauce to warm up before serving. Serve over pasta or rice and garnish with fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes
  • This recipe is super tart and lemony, I love it! If you’re not sure, reduce the amount of lemon and add more to your liking.
  • If your tofu is sticking to the pan, it may be due to several reasons. The most common reason is that your pan might not be hot enough, or the oil isn’t hot enough. Also, make sure to use vegetable oil, refined coconut oil, or another oil with a high smoke point. Another culprit could be that you didn’t use the right pan – use a nonstick pan for best results.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chicken Francese
Amount Per Serving (3.5 oz)
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Sodium 568mg25%
Potassium 214mg6%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 425IU9%
Vitamin C 15.4mg19%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Vegan Chicken Francese made with Tofu and a Lemony Butter Sauce

Nut Free Vegan Pesto

Nut free vegan pesto by Pasta-based. An overhead shot of a food processor with creamy pesto inside. A hand comes into the frame and scoops some of the pesto with a spoon.

This recipe for nut free vegan pesto is packed with fresh basil, garlic, and sunflower seeds.

It’s creamy with the perfect texture for pasta, pizza, bread, and more.

Different ways you can use this nut free vegan pesto:

  • In pasta, obviously! Our favorite recipe to use pesto in is this Brussels Sprouts and Vegan Italian Sausage recipe. The recipe in that post uses a cashew pesto but you can substitute this nut free pesto to make a similar recipe.
    • Pro-tip: when you’re boiling the pasta, use a ladle and scoop out some of the starchy pasta water. If your pesto is a too thick to spread, you can add some of the pasta water to loosen it up
  • On pizza! Spread a generous layer of pesto on the raw pizza dough, then top with more pesto and fresh basil when the pizza comes out of the oven.
  • On roasted veggies! For Christmas dinner last year, we made charred cauliflower steaks and topped them with a few dollops of a super nutty, basil packed pesto. It was amazing!
  • In tacos! It sounds a little strange but it’s actually so good! You can use the recipe as-is or add a little cilantro, lime juice, or maybe even an avocado to spice things up.
  • On potatoes! Baked potatoes or smashed potatoes taste amazing when topped with some vegan sour cream and vegan basil pesto.
  • On bruschetta! Make a bruschetta and I’ll eat the whole loaf of bread on my own. It’s so easy to make, just toast a sliced baguette with a light brush of olive oil. When it comes out of the oven, rub the slices with fresh garlic cloves. Add toppings – like this nut free pesto sauce.
Nut free vegan pesto by Pasta-based. An overhead shot of a bowl of pasta covered in bright green pesto sauce.

This nut free vegan pesto recipe is dairy free, nut free, and so easy to make. You can use your blender or your food processor.

Use a spatula to wipe down the edges as you blend so that you get an even blend.

If you’re looking for a good food processor to buy that’s not crazy expensive, here’s the one we use. This white Cuisinart 7 cup food processor really does the trick for everything we need!

Pro-tip: if you’re using this sauce for pasta, save some of the pasta water after boiling the macaroni. You can use the starchy pasta water to loosen up the pesto sauce so that it coats your pasta better.

4.54 from 15 votes
Nut free vegan pesto by Pasta-based. An overhead shot of a food processor with creamy pesto inside. A hand comes into the frame and scoops some of the pesto with a spoon.
Sunflower Seed Pesto (vegan, nut-free)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Servings: 4 servings
Calories per Serving: 194 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender. Blend until creamy.