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Ceramic baking dish filled with our gluten-free vegan Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bake recipe

At this point, you’re probably thinking I have a thing for spaghetti squash.

If you think that, you are correct. How could you not love a vegetable that tastes like pasta? SQUASH PASTA!

I believe I’ve made my case.

Making easy tofu ricotta in a blender

After pairing spaghetti squash with basil pesto, I knew a lasagna-inspired dish with my favorite tofu ricotta would be amazing. Tofu ricotta + marinara sauce = flavor match made in heaven. It’s science.

Baking sheet with spaghetti squash for the ultimate vegan fall spaghetti squash recipe

In addition to being incredibly flavorful, this recipe is also simple, requiring just 10 ingredients. And it’s naturally gluten-free and vegan, so everyone can enjoy.

Ceramic baking dish with healthy Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bake for a gluten-free vegan meal

So what’s it taste like? Kind of amazing. It’s:

Savory
“Cheesy”
Tomato-y
Hearty
Rich
& Comforting

Despite being so hearty, it’s pretty light and healthy since the “pasta” is actually a vegetable. Plus, the tofu ricotta provides tons of protein, with 10 grams per serving! This would make the perfect weeknight meal to feed your family or to entertain a crowd. It would pair especially well with my Kumquat Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing or my Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Tandoori Chickpeas.

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Our delicious gluten-free vegan Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bake ready to go in the oven

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bake

Flavorful, hearty 10-ingredient Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bake with simple tofu ricotta and vegan parmesan cheese! A plant-based meal that’s perfect for fall and winter!
Author Minimalist Baker
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4.95 from 110 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 6
Course Entree
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Italian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

SQUASH

TOFU FILLING

  • 3-4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (plus more for squash)
  • ~1/2 tsp each sea salt + black pepper (to taste // plus more for squash)
  • 2 lemons, juiced (2 lemons yield ~1/3 cup or 80 ml)
  • 12 ounces extra-firm tofu (drained and pressed dry for 10 minutes)
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil (packed)
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)

FOR SERVING

  • Vegan parmesan cheese
  • 25 ounces favorite marinara/red sauce
  • Fresh basil, chopped (optional)
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and line a large baking sheet with foil.
  • Carefully halve your spaghetti squash lengthwise using a sharp knife. I find the best way is to pierce the skin with the very tip of the knife and push it all the way through to the other side. Rock the knife back and forth to cut one half all the way through, then repeat on the other side.
  • Use an ice cream scoop (or sharp spoon) to scrape out the seeds and most of the stringy parts. It should appear pretty clean.
  • Brush the interior with oil and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Place cut-side down on baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes, or until a knife easily pierces the skin and flesh. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly. Also reduce oven heat to 375 degrees F (190 C).
  • In the meantime, add all tofu filling ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse to combine, scraping down sides as needed. You are looking for a semi-pureed mixture with bits of basil still intact.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more salt and pepper for flavor, nutritional yeast for cheesiness, and lemon juice for brightness.
  • Once fully baked and slightly cooled, use a fork to scoop out spaghetti squash into fine strings. Set aside.
  • Lightly grease a 9×13-inch (or similar size // as original recipe is written // adjust size/number if altering batch size) baking dish and lay down 1/3 of the squash. Top with several spoonfuls of tofu ricotta, then pour on a layer of marinara sauce. Repeat until all ricotta filling and marinara is used up – about 3 layers. Make sure the top layer is sauce.
  • Loosely cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F (190 C). Then remove foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the top is golden brown. Cover with foil if the squash is browning too quickly.
  • Let cool briefly, then serve with desired toppings (listed above). I prefer red pepper flakes and vegan parmesan cheese. Fresh basil adds a nice pop of color.
  • Best when fresh. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in a 350-degree F (176 C) oven for 20-25 minutes or until completely warmed through.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without additional toppings.

Nutrition (1 of 6 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 325 Carbohydrates: 37.7 g Protein: 10.2 g Fat: 16.8 g Saturated Fat: 3.2 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 871 mg Fiber: 6.3 g Sugar: 15.8 g
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  1. Grace says

    this was actually so incredible. my non- vegan friends who don’t eat anything “healthy” were obsessed with it.
    i made some replacements – i was out of foil so didn’t cover it and it was totally fine. i also didn’t have vegan parm so i used vegan mozzarella and was just as good. i also used canned lemon juice and worked totally fine. i also didn’t have time to drain the tofu and again, it was DELICIOUS. thank you!!!

  2. Caryn McGrath says

    This is fabulous! I didn’t have fresh basil, so I used dried. It was still great. The tofu ricotta texture was very much like real ricotta. I added a tad bit more salt and lemon for my taste. I plan to use the ricotta recipe for a classic, non-spaghetti squash recipe next.

  3. Sneha says

    One of my earliest work week meals, and I’d definitely say it’s best when fresh too (didn’t hold up too well frozen, but I’m wondering if there’s an adjustment that would make this great meal a little more freezer friendly?)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sneha, we aren’t sure of any modifications for freezing, other than we think the marinara could be frozen if using homemade.

      • Shelby says

        Dana, can I just say WOW!! This may be my favorite recipe of yours. I must say I am a faithful follower of yours and love all your recipes but this one really topped them all! Thank you!

  4. Judith Lenart says

    This recipe ( like all MB recipes) is the bomb! Sometimes I add a layer or spiralized zucchini for extra veggies. I use my homemade tomato sauce and the tofu ricotta gives it a nice heartiness. For added decadence, dollop some kite hill vegan almond ricotta on top for a fabulous vegan feast!

  5. Deserae says

    Hello LOVE this recipe! I have made it twice already. I plan to make it again but realized i have everything to make the ricotta except for the tofu! Can’t believe I forgot it. Any suggestion for a substitute for tofu? or think I could just make it without? maybe just add a little more almonds? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      We have our almond ricotta here! Which can also be made with soaked cashews (just use less water when blending as they’re already softened).

  6. Amy O'Connell says

    My son, who has been a vegetarian for many years, gave this recipe rave reviews. I didn’t have any fresh basil so I used some homemade pesto I had in the freezer. He said the combination of flavors was wonderful. One question. It had lots of liquid after baking. I cooked the squash in the instant pot instead of baking it. Do you think that could be the reason?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! Thanks for sharing! So, squash can produce a bit of liquid, which is totally normal. You can bake uncovered in the last 10 minutes or so to reduce this!

  7. Brynne Thomas says

    Okay so I’ve actually made this twice and just reached deep into the archives to pull it out for tonight! Self isolation = need for comfort food. I have made this strictly vegan and also with some sneaky real Parmesan amongst my non vegan friends . Both delicious. I like to strictly layer mine and have a bit more sauce to it when I make it, but that’s a ME thing . This recipe is a GOD SEND and a real crowd pleaser. Every time I make it people think it took me forever to make … only Dana and I know the truth !

  8. Kelsey says

    Typical five stars for your recipes! I made with your almond ricotta instead (don’t eat tofu normally) and it was perfect! I also added a bit of sautéed onion, mushrooms and spinach to the marinara to get an extra serving of veggies! Thanks as always for your amazing recipes!

  9. Abigail says

    This is going to be a staple recipe for me! I did just as the recipe said, but for a serving size of three and it fed my mother and I easily for two nights in a row.

    Tonight I will try it with a sun-dried tomato sauce I have leftover instead of the marinara and see how it goes. :-)

  10. Meggie Wolfe says

    Thanks so much for this simple recipe! Needed to use up ingredients in the fridge and I had everything on hand. LOVED the tofu ricotta. Added some smoked chipotle powder to the recipe since I love the smokey and spicy flavor with red sauce. I had a little bit of pesto to sub in for basil and added some dried basil to amp up my lack of fresh basil. Then I topped it with some breadcrumbs and ta da! I couldn’t stop eating it.

  11. Alexis Hayslett says

    Tasted great. Boyfriend loved it too. Just a little too watery (which was my fault since the store was out of extra firm tofu).

  12. Jo says

    I love this recipe SO much and come back to it time and time again! Nutritional yeast is the best way to trick picky meat-eaters into eating vegan food ;)

    My only note – make sure to use a red sauce that’s on the thicker side as thinner ones tend to get a bit liquid-y in the oven. Also, if I don’t have fresh basil handy, I’ll add in about 2 tbps of pesto to the tofu ricotta, and a little more during the assembly process – quite tasty as well!

    Thanks Dana!! You rule! :) <3

  13. Ilys says

    I made it tonight with my mom and it’s really the perfect comfort food. It was tasty and hearty. We made some modifications : we cooked the squash in the microwave and added less oil/lemon in the tofu ricotta. At the end, we just find that the portions was quite big but it is obviously personal and it depends on the appetite. What is sure is that we are definitely going to do it again! Thank you for this great recipe!

  14. Nathalie says

    I made this last night and everyone gave it a big thumbs up!! Even my most “selective” eater! I added extra nutritional yeast.

  15. Cindy C says

    This is one of our new go to favorites! I love the tofu filling so much, I make just that for a dip. Thank-you for the recipe!

  16. Kristina says

    This is one of the best vegan dishes I’ve ever prepared! So easy, so cozy and comforting, but so healthy. Love that this is dairy free but also packs a protein punch by using tofu. Made this for myself as meal prep for the week but I’ll definitely be making this for a dinner party soon!

  17. Linda says

    Awesome recipe D! I will make again . I’d let a friend try some & he said it’s excellent! So he has your recipe & he will make it too. ?I used two different types of squash, the stripetti squash and spaghetti squash. The squash combo form a great lasagna shape. Thanks for sharing. It’s really Good!

  18. Jamah Dacus says

    I have been making this recipe for years. I switch it up every time, sometimes adding sauteed mushrooms, fresh spinach, grilled red onions, etc. Always a huge hit in my house.

    I even have a visiting 14-year old for a month, and it has been a challenge, as she is very very picky. She LOVES this dish, and has requested we make it again after taking 3rd’s. If that doesn’t say something, I don’t know what will.

  19. Rae says

    So good! This gets better and better each time I make it. This last time I added cut up Field Roast sausages and it was amazing. 10/10 recommend this recipe. It really is fairly simple to make and leftovers heat up well.

  20. Natalie says

    I made this for dinner tonight after it was recommended to me on a vegan forum, and I can’t wait to make it again! So delicious, it’s so Italian! I followed everyone’s recommendations about draining the squash first and I had no issues with excess liquid. I halved the recipe and used a 9×9 dish, worked out great. The real winner was the tofu ricotta, you’d never know it’s dairy-free. I’d love to try it in ravioli or canelloni ?

  21. Jacqueline says

    I have made this twice now and it is a new favorite of mine and my husband I froze leftovers to bring to work, which I thought still tasted great and held up well. Yum!

  22. Monica says

    The tofu ricotta is life changing!
    I saw butternut squash lasagna “noodles” in the store recently and would love to try this recipe with those.
    Thanks again for another great recipe. This was easy, delicious and surprisingly light.

  23. Laura says

    Loved it! This will be a go-to recipe. I did a few simple modifications, and it was amazing! I read some of the other reviews about it being too watery, so prior to spreading the squash in the pan I tossed the shredded squash with some vegan Italian breadcrumbs and nutritional yeast. That seemed to soak up any excess water. I also added some Gardein meatballs in the casserole, and that really sent it over the edge! The meatballs mixed with the tofu ricotta was so dang good!!!!! Thanks for a great comfort food recipe. :)

  24. Faith Ralphs says

    Very delicious! Even though I’ve been eating plant based for years, this was my first time buying and using tofu and I loved it! This dish makes me want to plant spaghetti squash in my garden next year.

  25. Saffy says

    Love this recipe and have made it multiple times. I also make my own marinara sauce off an NYT recipe. I do find that it tends to be a bit watery once baked (especially the first time I serve it immediately after baking). Wondering if you have any recommendations to minimize this?

    Thanks!

  26. Natalia S. says

    Delicious and so comforting! I just made it using the exact recipe and added Rao’s Marinara’s Sauce and it turned out perfectly. And yes, it was definitely comforting too. Basically exactly what we needed on the first chilly night of the year.

  27. Molly says

    One of the best ways I’ve used spaghetti squash! After reading reviews it was a little watery, I put the pulled strands of squash in a colander and pushed out as much liquid as I could before layering in for the bake. I poured off a little water in middle of baking too. Was delicious!

  28. Gala Hunter says

    I made this lasagna tonight, but omitted the oil and added some kale before the last layer. I also did not have fresh basil, which I am sure would have been better, but nonetheless it was fantastic!! Thank you!!

  29. Michelle says

    Made this the other day and it turned out great! I did remove some of the moisture from the spaghetti squash after cooking as I’ve had issues with watery spaghetti squash in the past. The tofu ricotta is out of this world and I will definitely be making this again!! Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  30. Sue Roderus says

    This was DELICIOUS! I have never cooked spaghetti squash before and was looking for a recipe. So glad I found this one. I wish I had tired it years ago as it is so easy. I have made this a couple of times which is a testament to how good it is. I will now try some other recipes with spaghetti squash.

  31. Kathy Fuentes McBride says

    The secret is to cook the squash “al dente” just barely tender. If you over-cook it will get mushy. I tossed the squash with the vegan Parmesan instead of adding it to the Tofu ricotta. It helped absorb some of the extra liquid. And I didn’t cover it with foil so it wouldn’t “steam” while baking. It was the perfect texture! So good.

  32. Jenna K-H says

    Do you think this could be pre-made and portioned out/frozen? I’ve never tried freezing spaghetti squash before, but I am looking for freezer meals to make before school picks back up. Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm we have not tried freezing it so we can’t say for sure. If you do, report back on how it goes!

      • Jenna K-H says

        I ended up splitting the recipe in half and cooked one pan tonight and I am putting the other in the freezer as an assembled casserole to go in the oven. If the recook works I will let you know! :)

  33. Nicki says

    Husband and toddler daughter give it 5 stars too! 3 year old went back for seconds, which makes me happy. The final dish was watery, as some of the other reviewers noted, but it IS squash, after all, so expected. I was surprised at how flavorful this was with so few ingredients. Will make again!

  34. Megan says

    This recipe is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing this. I would definitely recommend. This is probably one of my favourite minimalist baker dishes ever.

    I’ve prepared this for my vegans and non-vegans and it has been a huge hit.
    I love love love this dish.

    After the first couple times I made this, I started to experiment. I actually double the amount of tofu to make it a more filling and broil the the dish towards the end- but that’s just my spin on it :)

  35. Cristina says

    I made this today and it is delicious!!! I did not have fresh basil so I added ~1/2 cup pesto and I also added a little more salt and pepper to the squash, but I made no other changes. My nr 1 food critic (11 year old) also loves it!

  36. Carol H says

    This was delicious! The tofu ricotta was so cheesy and flavorful and added a wonderful creaminess to the dish. I pulled off small amounts of the tofu and dropped them all over each layer so there was more ricotta in each bite. Really loved the dish.

  37. RunningPath says

    This was excellent. Mine was also watery, like others mentioned, but that didn’t detract from it. I think maybe I used too much sauce, or…I dunno. I covered the squash with sauce so there wasn’t any showing like in the photos, so maybe that’s it. My pickiest child had 3 servings, so no matter what it’s a win for me. In the future I may make a half recipe, because this is a LOT of food. There were 4 of us eating it and I have a lot left over. I also served Gardein chickn strips on the side for my autistic son who doesn’t eat anything the least bit unusual, and actually the pairing was great for the other kids too.

  38. Lauren says

    made this tonight… super hearty and warm. Ricotta is a little too lemony… squeezed a full two lemons…may do one lemon next time? Regardless it’s filling, flavorful and makes a ton for leftovers. Thanks for sharing!!

  39. Sneha Pandya says

    Made this tonight! It was perfect for one the *first* real days of fall… Definitely took me a while to cut open and cook the squash, so I’m hoping I can get the hang of it to make this a second time! Definitely makes a ton of leftovers, so I’ll be bringing it to work for the rest of the week. I’m trying to figure out a way to add more spices, though, because the squash is bland/a little sweet and I want to offset that a bit more. Thanks Dana!

  40. Kelley O'Hara says

    I made this last night… DELICIOUS! Mine did turn out quite watery, but I just used a slotted spoon to serve in order to drain the liquid. This tofu ricotta is amazing!! Great dish!

  41. sandy says

    I freeze my own basil pesto in 2″ ice cube tray squares. Soooo I mixed one cube with ricotta, added a 1/2 cup of Mozzarella and alternated lumps of it with my homemade elk spaghetti sauce in the spaghetti squash. AWESOME!!!!! You don’t need to be vegan to love this recipe.

  42. Tara says

    Hi Dana,
    I received your cookbook this past Christmas and have since been making your tofu ricotta nearly every week – in lasagna, on pizza, in roll-ups – my husband and I can’t get enough! The tofu ricotta is so satisfying for vegans and non-vegans alike. Can’t wait to try this with spaghetti squash for a lightened up yet still amazing pasta dinner. Keep the recipes coming – huge fan :)

  43. Jenni says

    I made this this evening and it’s definitely a new favorite. I am no vegan have never tried anything like this especially the vegan ricotta… and I have to say. I am very impressed. The ricotta was ridiculously delicious. I will definitely be making this again!

  44. Pat Rowell says

    This sounds wonderful! I don’t like tofu, but make a “ricotta” using macadamia nuts that is out-of-this-world! I also make another “ricotta” type filling using cashews that is equally as good. This will be the first time I am using spaghetti squash. I hope it comes out ok.

  45. Mel says

    I made this tonight and it was really good! I only had 1 spagehetti squash but it worked out fine, I just used an 8×8 pan. I used real Parmesan cheese instead of vegan and the faux-cotta came out amazing! Thanks for a great recipe!

  46. Jenna says

    I made this last night for dinner and it was so amazing! I made everyone in my office try it the next day. I love all of your vegan recipes – they never disappoint!! :)

  47. Katy says

    I bought a huge pack of tofu from Costco and didn’t want to just have sautéed tofu every night. I am so glad this recipe made it on the blog! Made this tonight for my boyfriend alongside some spinach turkey meatballs. I told him the filling was tofu ricotta and he was floored. Loved it even more when I told him about the extra protein he was getting! Thanks for another winner.

  48. Katie Watts says

    I made this recipe last night and added a layer of lentil meatball “crumble” and it was a hit! (The brown color of the lentil mixture didn’t add much visual appeal though) Thank you so much for this yummy recipe.

  49. Katie says

    A really yummy casserole! I feel like it could use something to add to the texture, but the flavor was great. I added a little bit more salt than the 1/2 tsp.

  50. Kristina says

    I made this recipe for my twin 8 year old boys last night and they LOVED it!! Having recently gone vegan it has been a challenge sometimes with them, but this one is a winner! Only thing I might change is making a little extra of the tofu ricotta to add more to the dish (maybe that was because I thought it was so amazing!)

  51. Karen says

    I made this tonight and it was very good. I did squeeze some of the water out of the baked squash because things were looking watery. One question: The recipe says to be sure that sauce is the last layer – and yet it also says to keep the foil on while baking if the squash is getting too brown. Well, my squash was underneath sauce. The photos show a very pretty mix of yellow squash and red sauce. Just wondering if I missed something.

  52. Stephanie says

    Cannot say enough good things about this dinner! Made this for dinner and my boyfriend remarked that he didn’t remember the last time he had ‘italian’ food so delicious! Served it with the 5 minute vegan Caesar dressing for a full delicious meal!

  53. Effie says

    this has become a total staple to serve when I have an omnivorous crowd, can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked for the recipe! And they NEVER believe it isn’t vegan. I usually serve it with a green chopped salad and your balsamic sweet potato spears from the book…it’s also one of the very few recipes that I make absolutely no adjustments too, can’t praise it enough

  54. Holla says

    Im making this now, and it looks SO good! I substituted TOFU for white Navy Beans (its all i had) and the texture and flavour are awesome! I also didn’t have a lemon and used Lime instead, still a wonderful flavour Flav! We shall see how the fam jam feels, but I think its going to be Delish! I also don’t have any vegan parm, so I’m thinking ill just sprinkle a little more nut yeast on top and boom <3 Thanks for this recipe MB.

  55. Julie says

    My family loved this. This is my first time using spaghetti squash. Several servings were eating by my husband and 2 + 4 year olds. My 2 year old thanked me over and over for the “yummy dinner” :). It was a bit watery which I’ll attribute to our pasta sauce – – I’ll try to use a thicker sauce next time. We topped with the vegan pepperoni for some spice.

  56. Emily says

    How do you think this will do preparing it all the night before and having it ready in the fridge to pop in the oven after work? I’ve made this before and loved it!

  57. Chissy says

    Made this tonight. It’s very simple, just a bit labor intensive with all the steps. I followed the recipe exactly, as I like to do the first time I make something. The tofu ricotta is wonderful. The vegan Parmesan “cheese” is the best! I could eat it by the spoonful. My end product came out a bit liquid-y. Not sure why. Thinking that I maybe didn’t press the tofu long enough. Even with the extra liquid, the dish is DELICIOUS. I will be making it again and again in the future, especially with cooler weather approaching!

  58. Kasia says

    So delicious! Even my mom who is very sceptical about spaghetti squash, really enjoyed it. Tofu ricotta is indescribably delicious!

  59. Erica says

    Really tasty. I recommend using one spaghetti squash and a few spiralized zucchini for texture and variety. Thanks for another great recipe!

  60. Sri says

    This was absolutely delicious. My husband couldn’t believe how amazing it was, and went back for thirds! The best part was how low calorie it is, compared to regular lasagna with ricotta cheese. We finished it in about 3 days, and it tasted great with reheating too. This recipe is SUCH a gem, and you are an amazing chef! Thank you for having so many gluten-free vegan recipes – they are superb and fit my dietary needs perfectly!

  61. lindsay says

    I substituted chickpeas in place of the tofu and it came out perfecto! thank you, very tasty (as always).

  62. Katie says

    I am so excited to try this recipe. I decided to pair it with a lovely strawberry spinach poppy seed salad. It’s in the oven now! I’ll be sure to review once my family has tried it ?

  63. Karlie says

    I love every single recipe of yours I’ve ever tried! This is in the oven right now (can’t wait to dig in) but I feel like this recipe was missing garlic, and I noticed it was in your last picture. Was there any reason you left it out?

  64. Dee says

    Seriously this sounds incredible. It would be so dope if you started making youtube videos for your recipes! I hope you do start one day I’d be so obsessed. Everything about minimalist baker is quality and beautiful looking.

  65. Jamah says

    DELICIOUS! I give this 5 stars and plan to keep it in rotation, especially for my non-vegan friends.
    I made a couple changes:
    1st: I didn’t use a lick of oil, and frankly it wasn’t missed a bit.
    2nd: I added a layer of thinly sliced portobello mushrooms & deep greens. Next time I will also add thinly sliced eggplant.
    3rd: I didn’t make the vegan parmesan (though I will next time). I just added a handful of cashews & some garlic salt with extra nutritional yeast when I made the vegan ricotta.

    After removing the squash, I cooked at 375 for 30 minutes and broiled on high for 8, was perfect.

  66. Dominic says

    This recipe is amazing. I have made it once before, and I am making it again tomorrow for Easter. I just had one quick question: I have a Vitamix as well, but mine doesn’t have the “Pulse” feature. Do you know of any ways to “pulse” on a Vitamix 5200?

  67. Rhiannon says

    my family and I are making the transition to a near vegan diet. this recipe was warmly welcomed into the tummies of the whole clan. even my 4 year old son who is very much a meat and potatoes kind of guy enjoyed it. took him a few minutes to take the first bite but once he did it got messy, fast. thank you so much for this great pile of delicious!

  68. Alli says

    Just made this and subbed a few items. Didn’t have access to fresh basil so I used dry herbs and a dollop of pesto. I also added garlic to the ricotta and fresh spinach and half a small pack of vegan ground round as I was really low on tom sauce- it came out beautifully. Thanks so much for this delicious recipe!!

  69. Lisa Kunz says

    5 stars!!! Just made the spaghetti squash lasagna. Unbelievably delicious! Even my husband who is not fond of anything that contains the word squash loved it!

    Lisa K

  70. Alex Lawson says

    Hello Dana. I just took this for a whirl and while I think it tastes wonderful, the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. The main problem is that there’s a lot of soupy/watery residue on the edges of the pan. Any thought on what went wrong there?

  71. Martha says

    Loved this! I would like to add veggies to this dish if you think it advisable. I’m thinking of adding frozen, chopped spinach, thawed with all the water pressed out, along with regular sliced mushrooms. Would this work? Should I add in other seasonings for the spinach and mushrooms?

    Do you think other veggies would work better?

    Thank you from a beginner cook.

    • Jamah says

      I added thinly sliced portobello mushrooms & dark leafy greens (fresh and dry). I added a touch of seasoning salt to the extra veggies, but that was it. Was superb!!

  72. Robert says

    First, this was/is delicious! Thank you! I even pulled this off as a novice cook. It took me longer, but it was well worth it. I’m a newbie in the kitchen at age 54. Oh, I’ve made my attempts but I’ve always had a partner who loved to cook and got frustrated with me in the kitchen. My mom is Italian-American but she was also a career woman. Her only to herself was in the kitchen, so her skills and delicious recipes remain with her. I started cooking to deal with dietary intolerances that came with middle age. Wheat and dairy cause my acid reflux. I was able to stop using the drug omeprazole (I was on it for six years, doctor prescribed) by eliminating those two things. My point? I had to take control in the kitchen to feel better and try thing that sounded delicious to me and not my partner. I have tried many of your wheat free/gluten free, dairy free vegan recipes and have changed my partner’s mind – all while learning to cook, gaining confidence in the kitchen, eating healthier and most of all, enjoying some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten! I am sharing your recipes and raving about you. Thank you!

  73. May says

    Amazing! Didn’t have the fresh basil so used dried. Will not be making that mistake next time for full flavor! Love your blog and so does my family!

  74. Jessica says

    This was the 3rd recipe we tried from your blog this week and it really blew me away. The tofu ricotta and the vegan parm tastes so much like cheese… it’s wild. I’ve recently cut out dairy and meat and your blog is very encouraging and such a great resource. We have been feeding this lasagna to anyone in the vicinity lol, definitely a favorite.

  75. R says

    This was AWESOME! Especially as leftovers (microwaved). I used about a tablespoon and a half of dried basil instead of fresh. It turned out a little watery, but no biggie. My family called it “one of those recipes that you should come back to”, so I’ll definitely make it again!

  76. Britt says

    All I can say is wow! Seriously, this dish tastes just like a traditional pasta dish and is so so delish! This was approved by my hesitant husband, and my 2 and 5 year olds. We are moving towards a vegan diet and recipes like this make the transition so much easier. Definitely one for recipe box. Thanks for sharing! I’m trying your veggie meatballs tonight and am excited to see how they turn out :)

  77. pace says

    I already made it the second time. We are not vegetarians, but I am trying new recipes, in an effort to reduce the meat, cheese and eggs in our meals… Well, we all (our kids are 5 and 7) love it! It is absolutely delicious! Thank you!

  78. Heather says

    This is soooo delicious! I recommend it to everyone who loves spaghetti squash. Your TOfu Ricotta is unbelievable!

  79. Jessee says

    This is one of my favorite recipes that I’ve ever made! I microwaved the spaghetti squash for 12 minutes to soften it up to cut it easier. The tofu ricotta is amazing! I used a little extra marinara at the end. It’s very delicious and filling. Definitely recommend!!

  80. Stasia says

    Brought this to a New Years Eve party last night. On a table filled with meatballs, shrimp, roast beef and salmon, it was a hit with the meat lovers!!

    Thank you! I did steam some baby spinach and layered that with the tofu and sauce, next time I think I will add mushrooms!

  81. sherri says

    yikes–i only bought one spaghetti squash of average size–do i halve everything in the recipe? also, if i make the full tofu ricotta–how long would it last in the fridge if i only used half of it?

  82. Emily says

    I made this for Christmas Eve dinner and it was amazing! I think it would be even better with a layer of greens, since a) I grew up on my moms spinach lasagna and b) I’m a veggie fiend! It was great served over a bed of arugula, too.

  83. Michelle says

    I’ve made several different tofu ricottas, and this one is by far my favorite. It really is the key to this recipe. If you don’t have spaghetti squash, just make the ricotta and put it on whatever you’ve got!

  84. Karyn says

    Okay, so I love this recipe. I just made it last night and had to forgo the nutritional yeast because I couldn’t find it at my grocery store. I used vegan Parmesan and added some Tuscan flavored vegan ground tofu along with mushrooms and green squash. It tastes even better the next day for lunch. Thank you for such an awesome vegan lasagna substitute I will def be making this often because I am obsessed with spaghetti squash even though it can be difficult to cut. :) I have this website bookmarked for more vegan recipes ;)

  85. Jayne says

    I love spaghetti squash and make it all the time. I just put it in the oven whole and bake it at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Then cut it and de-seed it when it’s cooked and the outside is soft. I cannot wait to try this recipe. This will be for my vegan/vegetarian guests at Christmas served along with a traditional lasagna for the meat eaters. Thanks!!

  86. Niki Traynor says

    I made this last night for my family. I was excited to try it because I love spaghetti squash. We really like pasta, but I’m trying to get us to eat healthier meals, so I thought this would be worth trying. My favorite part of it was the tofu ricotta. It taste a lot like the real thing. The whole meal was a success. It tasted really good today too. Very happy with this recipe and I will be trying it again soon.
    I’m thinking of using the tofu ricotta recipe in my raw zoodles as well. Thank you very much for sharing this!

  87. Henna says

    Honestly have been wanting to try this recipe for a while but haven’t for who know what reason. THIS RECIPE IS ABSOLUTLEY AMAZING. The lemon added in the recipe creates such a nice flavor complement to the tofu mix! Perfect! Living with an extremely carnivorous family, they ABSOLUTLEY loved it and couldn’t tell that it was vegan! (Still haven’t told them…)

  88. Carol Ann says

    Wow! That’s what I call having an insane healthy/tasty ratio! I’ve prepared my own tomato sauce with lentils and I made a cashew ricotta instead of tofu but wow using the spaghetti squash as a base for lasagna that’s genious! :) I will redo this the whole winter for sure! Oh and I only used 1 squash and still got a pretty big lasagna (8 portions)

  89. Julie Olsen says

    I really love a lot of your recipes and this spaghetti squash lasagna recipe has become on of my new favorites. Its really easy except for cutting the spaghetti squash which I had my husband do. I made it in my new steam oven too.

  90. Courtney says

    This looks sooooo yummy!!! I love spaghetti squash and am thinking of making this for Thanksgiving!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  91. Amber H. says

    I just hosted a plant-based, diary-free dinner party at my house on Monday night. A friend and I have had one of these the last three months and each month we highlight a seasonal fruit and/or vegetable and put it in every dish. This month’s was winter squash. I made this dish and IT. WAS. THE. BOMB! It was seriously the highlight of the evening. Everyone that tried it loved it and got 2nds or 3rds. Also, the people that came to the party are not the type of people that eat this type of food on a regular basis. I am so happy they all loved it. I used silken firm tofu instead of the suggested extra firm tofu and the ricotta turned out great. I have to say though that when I tasted the tofu ricotta before putting the lasagna together I thought it was too weird and lemony. But combined with the other ingredients it was truly amazing and unique. Everyone was shocked at the tofu ricotta and the vegan Parmesan cheeses. They couldn’t believe their taste buds were not eating the dairy versions. You are amazing Dana. I live in Spokane, WA and I visit the Portland area every so often. If I ever run into you on the street or at a restaurant there it will be like that scene in Wayne’s World when Garth and Wayne meet Alice Cooper backstage. “I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy!” You are amazing. Thanks again for another home run recipe.

  92. Kirstie says

    Made this last night and it was seriously so easy and SO GOOD. I had spaghetti squash from a restaurant once that I didn’t like, so I’ve been avoiding spaghetti squash recipes. So glad a I tried this!

  93. Ally says

    My boyfriend and I made this tonight and it was so delicious! I used organic brown rice/ quinoa pasta from trader joe’s instead of spaghetti squash and added some sliced zucchini since that’s what I had on hand and it came out great. So nice to have a comforting and healthy dinner that both a vegetarian and a gluten-free/dairy free eater can enjoy :)

  94. Leslie Forrester says

    Hi Dana! This recipe is soooo good! My spaghetti squash lasagna looked just like the pictures and was so delicious. It was the first time I had tried spaghetti squash! I think I’m in love. I’m considering making this as an extra dish for Thanksgiving! I think it would be perfect :)

  95. Liz says

    I made this tonight for dinner and it was super delicious, and easy to boot! The tofu ricotta was remarkably cheesy and Italian-flavored from the spices, and also quite zesty from the lemon. My three-year old devoured it. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll be making it again.

  96. Laura says

    I have been really into using squashes for noodles lately and I was just talking with my friend about how to make a lasagna bake using squash! I will be making this for my sister and her fiance on Thursday – do you have any suggestions to tone down the measurements/ingredients for just a 4 person serving instead of 7? Looking forward to cooking!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  97. ariel says

    we tried this last night w only half the suggested marinara sauce (that’s all we had) and it still came out great thank you for another great recipe

  98. Robin says

    Made a double batch of this for a dinner party last night, alongside an indulgent meatloaf wrapped in bacon. So everybody would have something they liked. This dish was a HUGE hit with everyone (and I had mostly meat lovers), including the 14-year-old picky eater who I didn’t expect would touch it. We’re having leftovers tonight. I served it with a salad that had lots of crunchy things and cranberries, and I think the textures were great together. This will go into my book of favorites. It felt super nourishing but gave that satisfying feeling you get from pasta and Italian food in general. Thank you so much!

  99. Melissa says

    I have to preface this with saying that I haven’t even tried the finished product yet.

    I just called my husband in to try to tofu ricotta to see if he wanted to add any more seasoning (he is an over-seasoner). He tries it and goes “no, that is damn good the way it is!” I think this is the first time he has ever left something AS IS from the recipe! I am SOOOO excited to try the lasagna!…only has to cook for 15 more minutes :)

    Bravo to you for coming up with this recipe!

  100. Cindy B says

    This is a phenomenal recipe. I made it twice this past week for flesh-eaters, and they loved it. People were fighting over the leftovers. It’s so comforting and cozy, but leaves you feeling great! It showcases what vegan comfort food is all about. And it’s very easy to execute. Thank you for this, I will make and enjoy it quite a bit!!!

  101. Rebecca says

    This recipe was sooo delicious!! It came out perfectly and made the house smell wonderful. I had enough leftovers for two meals. The only thing I did differently was spread the tofu ricotta as a layer. I’m sure it just as delicious dropping it in spoonfuls! Big hit, another success from minimalistbaker :)

  102. Indie says

    This dish was amazing!!! The tofu riccotta was better then real riccotta!!!! If you’re thinking about it, absolutely try this dish asap!!!

  103. Molly says

    We made this (substituted real parm and a little bit of cottage cheese for the nutritional yeast) and absolutely loved it. Thank you!

  104. Sue Ann Jaffarian says

    LOVED THIS! Best tofu “ricotta” I’ve tasted and I can’t wait to use it in other recipes. This made a lot and packs well for taking to work and reheating in microwave. I’ll be freezing a few servings too.

  105. Courtney @ The Fig Tree says

    Made this tonight and it was fabulous!!! My husband and I loved it. Thank you for sharing! I’m excited to add a new recipe to our weeknight rotation. :)

  106. Patty Perez says

    This was soooo yummy! The lemon in the tofu filling really gives it that perfect touch. Thanks again for another great recipe.

  107. sarah bryant says

    Your tofu ricotta recipe is my all-time favorite! Making this recipe tonight and I am sure it will be great. We make the eggplant rollups all the time because the filling is so amazing!

  108. Jessica says

    I made this last night and it was BEYOND AWESOME! I don’t know why I was so surprised, because every recipe I have made so far has been a winner. I will certainly be making this again. And I finally made the vegan Parmesan. So easy and so yum!
    Tonight I’ll be making the butternut squash hummus and another second pot of curried butternut squash soup. (Oh, and I pre-ordered the book!) Keep ’em coming, Dana.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! Thanks so much for sharing, Jessica! So glad you enjoyed it. Hope you love the other recipes, and thanks for the pre-order! It means so much! xo

  109. Kirstyn says

    My kids helped me make this for dinner tonight. It was nice to have everyone in the kitchen. The dish was awesome. (I had seconds…) Truth be told, despite ‘all in’ on the prep the kiddos wouldn’t try it (this is typical for them and not a reflection of the food/recipe.) ?

  110. Sophie says

    Just made this for dinner. My favorite part is that, as much as I love spaghetti squash, I can still use your “ricotta” design to make a more traditional vegan lasagna that squash-haters would eat.

  111. meridith says

    i’ve already made this twice and the second time used tofu that had been frozen – the texture of the filling came out AMAZING! i definitely recommend this trick to others.

  112. Danielle says

    I made this recipe last night. I was absolutely shocked how delicious it is. Honestly, I was a little concerned, but boy o boy was it a pleasant surprise! Yummy! Thank you!

  113. Em @ Love a Latte says

    Just made this and it is absolutely delicious! Also, we didn’t have any fresh basil so I used 2 tablespoons of dried and it did the trick just wonderfully. Amazing recipe! My husband was totally skeptical and he loves it.

  114. Mavis says

    I love Spaghetti Squash. Thanks for providing me with a new way to fix it. I plan to make this tomorrow for dinner.

  115. josieinbc says

    I made this last night and it was delicious. I could have eaten spoonful after spoonful of the tofu ricotta alone (okay… maybe I did). Thanks for the great recipe!

  116. Charlett says

    This was awesome! My husband and I ate 3 helpings each! Although, it is a little time consuming to make. But you can prepare everything earlier in the day if you want to make it easier at dinner time.

    • Charlett says

      Mine was watery too. Probably from the tomatoe sauce and tofu (if you were lazy like me and didn’t press the water or first). I put mine under the broiler for an extra 5 minutes to help dry it out a bit and crisp up the top.

  117. courtney says

    I am so excited to have found your website. My 14 year old daughter is vegan and I do everything in my power to support her beautiful decision to let her heart guide her food choices. I am excited by many of the recipes on your site, because I believe that this will allow the rest of our family to eat vegan at least 3-4 dinners a week!!! For that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  118. Lori says

    I was just lamenting the other day that I could never have real lasagna again (gluten sensitivity), and then I logged onto your site and found this. I had to make it – and it did not disappoint!! You have no idea how happy I am that I can make a delicious dairy free and gluten free lasagna!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! I made it for some guests with your Garlicky Kale Salad….Oh my gosh! We were all in heaven. :)

  119. Amber says

    I am in the process of making this recipe right now; the ricotta is finished and the squash is baking. I am obsessed with your vegan parm and been spreading the good word about this dish as well. I will be serving the lasagna tomorrow night and am wondering if it’s better to prep the dish and bake it tomorrow or bake it now and reheat in the oven tomorrow. Any feedback would be great! Thanks again for all of your delicious meals that are so tasty, healthy, and vegan!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Amber! I wouldn’t assemble the dish ahead of time or it could get soggy. But you can pre-bake your spaghetti squash and leave it unstrung (whole), as well as prepare your vegan ricotta. Let me know how it goes!

      • Amber says

        Hi Dana! I saw your message a day after I served the dish. =) I ended up prepping the dish, including cooking and removing the squash, and baking it the next evening for dinner. It worked out great! It wasn’t soggy at all. I had saved some extra marinara sauce for the top layer which worked out well, that way it wasn’t too dry either. Can’t wait to try it again.

  120. Liora (Allthingsloveli.com) says

    I love spaghetti squash! I usually just saute it with some onions and tomatoes but this looks so much better.

  121. Carolyn says

    Who are you, you magical minimal person? My guy and I have just finished TWO servings of this, and are astounded by how, d@mnably, good this thing is. He even said, “We should have this at Thanksgiving.” High praise indeed, especially since we’re the house that people come to.

    Things to note: I microwaved the spa-squash instead of baking it, and it released a lot of liquid, even though I put the strands in a colander to drain. Perhaps the spa-squash is dryer after cooking in the oven as the recipe indicates.

    My cooking time was about 20 minutes longer, even with cooking it on the convection setting. I also put it under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp up the top. Again, this might be because of the amount of liquid in the microwaved squash.

    But the nice (nice?) thing about the liquid is that it mostly stayed in the pan; when I lifted the serving out with the spatula it was easy to wait a moment or two for the liquid to drain back into the pan. Again, no biggie, but it would’ve made a nicer presentation without it.

    OUR SIDE was your recommended Kumquat Kale Salad. So, so good. Couldn’t find kumquats, substituted tangerines. Wanted to stay GF, so I used chopped walnuts in place of the bread crumbs. All in all, the salad was a really a great compliment to the lasagna.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Carolyn, and for the kind words! So glad you enjoyed it. The kumquat salad is a great pairing! And tangerines sound like an amazing substitution. So glad you enjoyed everything! xoxo

  122. Jess says

    Can’t wait to make this! One question-
    For us non vegans, can we sub in regular cheese (ricotta and Parmesan)? Will ricotta work in place of the tofu? TIA!
    Jess

  123. Bethany @ Athletic Avocado says

    This spaghetti squash lasagna looks fantastic! I love the addition of the tofu for added vegetarian protein!

  124. Liv Faye says

    You seriously blow my mind, you’re like a plant wizard! I couldn’t have thought of all these combinations, thanks so much for doing what you do, I think I’ll do some spaguetti squash once and for all!

  125. pat. says

    Wish I had bought that spaghetti squash yesterday. Can non -vegan cheeses be substituted instead of the tofu and parmesan?

      • Kathy Mader says

        Yay, that’s what I wanted to know. I’ll be in a hurry tonight and need a shortcut. Will try the tofu ricotta another time. I’m such a winter squash lover. Thank you for everything you do to enrich our lives!

  126. Jessie says

    Made this tonight and oh my gaaaaah!!! It was delicious!! The filling was so rish and creamy! My non-vegan bf said it’s one of his favorite meals he’s ever had!!! Thank you!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! I always love hearing when the recipes are husband/boyfriend-approved! Thanks for sharing, jessie! xoxo

    • Beth says

      Mine too! He doesn’t usually feel satisfied by Vegan GF food but he loves this so much we eat it a couple times a month now! And the tofu…Wow! Stuff mushrooms with the leftover tofu…so amazing!

  127. Cristina says

    I have a soy allergy so what would be a good substitute for the tofu? I was thinking maybe cashews but I was curious what you might suggest! This looks amazing as always and I look forward to making it!

  128. Celeste @The Whole Serving says

    I looked at spaghetti squash the other day, but couldn’t think of a way to use it other than the usual way, and I’m over that one already. This is perfect timing. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

  129. Heather Mason says

    Love this recipe!! Just regular spaghetti squash with sauce is not my fave but this looks amazing! How clever to make tofu ricotta!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I hadn’t thought of that, but chickpeas probably would work! Let me know if you give it a try!

  130. jodie says

    Hi. This looks great! Just in time for spaghetti squash planting season in Melbourne. I got enthusiastic and ordered some seeds. A couple of months I will be eating this!

  131. Emily | Robust Recipes says

    This looks delicious. I would have never thought make spaghetti squash into lasagna, what a great idea! Yum! :)

  132. Vi says

    Hi Dana! This recipe looks amazing, I’m definitely trying it! I just have a question, what type of squash do you use? Does any tipe of squash will work? I live in Costa Rica, so we have some kinds, others we don’t.

    Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I’m not sure if other kinds of squash will work as I haven’t try any alternatives myself. But let me know if you do any experimenting!

      • Cathy says

        Hi, I just finished making it with BUTTERNUT SQUASH. I peeled and removed seeds. Sliced into wegdes.
        I also used Cashew Cream, using 200 grams (a heaping cup?!?) of cashews, 1 Tbsp. of Nutrional Yeast, 2 Tbls. Lemon Juice, Water to make a sauce. Salt and Pepper.
        I had made a homeade spaghetti sauce with lots of basil and ground carrots in the morning so that was my red sauce.
        In a 13×9 pan I layered everything, then covered with first parchment paper then aluminum foil.
        I checked it after 45 minutes, still needed 30 more, then I took the foil and parchment off and put vegan cheese slices on top and baked for another 15-20 minutes til cheese was melted and it was all bubbly.
        It was/ is DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think it is important to have a really good red sauce. I always put fennel seeds in mine and lots of basil. Thank you so much for the recipe. I photographed it but am not on instagram!!!

    • nikola says

      The squash is actually called “spaghetti squash”! It’s big, yellow and round and when you open it up you can actually take the insides out with a fork and they break into strands that resemble spaghetti! I don’t feel like other types of squash have the same effect as “Spaghetti Squash” does.

  133. Brittany @ Plant Power Couple says

    You’re reaaaaallly tempting me to get over my fear of spaghetti squash lately. This looks beautiful!

    • Tom ~ Raise Your Garden says

      Me too. My wife INSISTS that spaghetti squash is equally good, on par with spaghetti, that she can’t tell the difference at all.

      • Brittany @ Plant Power Couple says

        Really?! I can’t seem to get over that *crunch*, but perhaps I’ve been making it incorrectly.

    • Amanda says

      I made this dish (sort of) this evening. I did not have much more Basil on my plant so I used a little rosemary. Awesome! I had to use a blender for the Tofu blend. Since mix was to dry to blend, I added some unsweetened almond milk (added a little at a time until I got the right “cheese” texture. I used a 9″ glass dish. Bottom layer was squash, tofu blend, diced 1 tomato and added 1/2 of it to the next layer, sprinkled a little mozzarella vegan cheese, put my pasta sauce on top (did not have Marinara) (Repeat). My sauce did not bubble/boil.. but I pulled it out of the oven at the last 15 minutes. IT.WAS.AMAZING!! Thank you for the dish and inspiration. Cheers =)