Garlic Basil Vegan Ricotta “Cheese” Spread

This 10-minute vegan cheese is perfect for sandwiches, Italian dishes, and to enjoy with crackers! It requires no cooking, is protein-packed, and really easy to make!

Course Appetizers, Condiment, Party Food, Sandwich, Spread
Recipe Type Gluten-Free, Italian, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings (1/2 cup each)
Calories 104 kcal
Author Anjali Lalani


  • 15.5 oz. Sprouted Tofu , or standard extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves , packed
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teasp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp water more or less depending on consistency
  • 1 teasp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper (optional)


  1. Cut the sprouted tofu in half. Soak as much water out from each sprouted tofu half as possible. I use paper towels to squeeze out the water, especially since you don't need to worry about keeping the tofu in tact. Depending on how much water remains in the tofu after squeezing it out, you may or may not need to add additional water into the mix while blending.

  2. Add the tofu, along with all the other ingredients, except for the additional water, into a food processor.
  3. Pulse a few times until you come to a thick, yet somewhat smooth consistency. The basil leaves should not be completely blended in and the tofu should not become a puree (in other words, the final mixture should still be white in color from the tofu with the basil very finely chopped and mixed in).  

  4. Feel free to add 1-2 tbsp water if needed for consistency or to aid with the blending process. The final consistency should be a very thick, spreadable mixture and NOT pour-able (if it is, then your mixture contains too much water and/or you blended for too long).

  5. Season with additional salt/fresh lemon juice if needed, and add freshly ground black pepper if you prefer.
  6. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge and enjoy! Spread it on toasted french bread or crackers, dip your favorite veggies into it, use it in your favorite pasta or lasagna dish, or use it as a sandwich spread!

Recipe Notes

Tofu - use either extra firm sprouted tofu or extra firm regular tofu. The sprouted tofu is slightly different in texture than regular extra-firm tofu, but either will work great. 

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Basil Vegan Ricotta “Cheese” Spread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 104 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Sodium 621mg 26%
Potassium 242mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Vitamin C 5.9%
Calcium 4%
Iron 6.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.