• Cooking Time: 40-50 minutes
  • Servings: 4-6
  • Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes


Hi Friends,

Vegan Italian isn't easy, but sometimes you can really make something work! I was craving stuffed shells after work the other night and stoffed at the supermarket to get what I needed. An hour later, I was so happy I did!


  • 1 package of firm tofu
  • a couple tablespoons of roasted tomatoes
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper , chopped
  • 1 handful or so of washed baby spinach
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 16 oz. of tomato sauce
  • 8 or 9 cooked manicotti, jumbo shells, or 12 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 2 tbsp dried parsely
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp powdered garlic
  • 3-4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • smoked paprika to taste (my secret weapon to doctor tomato sauce!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a handful of Daiya "mozzarella"


  • 1. Cook your noodles al dente! Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • 2. In a food processor smooth 1/2 of the tofu block and then combine with the other half, using the tines of a fork to crumble the remaining tofu. Add in the parsley, garlic, oregano, nutritional yeast, roasted tomatoes, and baby spinach.
  • 3. Sautee veggies hardest to softest: onion, then pepper and squash. I like mine a little carmelized! Add the tomato sauce! Doctor store bought tomato sauce or break out your own! This is where I add the paprika!
  • 4. Assemble! If you're making stuffed shells, fill your pasta with the tofu mixture then top with your veggie sauce! If you're making lasagna, you can layer. I usually layer with sauce, tofu, noodle 2x and top with a layer of tofu.
  • 5. If you want a melty layer, add a handful of Daiya scattered across the top. Throw it in the oven to warm up the tofu filling and melt any topping.
  • 6. Serve and enjoy!
  • Apologies for a lack of picture, I was hungry!

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