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vegan baked ziti

Vegan Baked Ziti

This vegan baked ziti is wholesome, satiating and protein packed. It's easy enough for a mid-week dinner, but gourmet enough for entertaining. This dish will please a crowd of all eaters, vegan or not!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine soy-free, sugar-free
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 810kcal
Author Hannah Sunderani


Cashew Cheese

  • 1 ½ cups raw cashews soaked and strained
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch or tapioca starch, or corn starch
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Pasta and everything else

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 12 oz Plant-Based ground (340 g) (or lentils)
  • 23 fl oz tomato sauce (660 mL)
  • 1 lb ziti noodles (450 g)
  • 1 3/4 cup vegan mozzarella cheese (8 oz/200 g), shredded


  • Prepare the cashew cheese: in a high-speed blender add the cashews, water, garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, tapioca starch, onion powder and salt. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Drizzle the olive oil in a large deep skillet and bring to medium heat. Add the onion, bell peppers and sea salt. Cook until softened, about 10 mins. Add the vegan ground "beef" and cook, stirring often until browned, about 5 mins. Pour in the tomato sauce and bring to a low simmer.
  • Pre-heat oven to 375F/190C. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the ziti noodles. Cook until almost al-dente, about 6 mins (they should be just undercooked as they will continue cooking in the oven). Strain and add back to the pot. Scoop 1 cup of the tomato sauce and mix to combine.
  • Assemble the Ziti! Scoop 1 ½ cups of the tomato sauce into a large casserole dish (8x11 inches). Smooth with a spatula into an even layer. Next add the noodles, followed by the remaining tomato sauce, and finally drizzle with the cashew cheese to cover. To finish, sprinkle with the shredded cheese.
  • Place a baking tray on the bottom rack to catch any overspill, if any, and bake for 25 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden around the edges.


This recipe uses vegan ground "beef" for a classic baked ziti recipe.  You can omit entirely for a more veggie style baked ziti. 
Nutrition information is a rough estimate. 


Calories: 810kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 1141mg | Potassium: 1089mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1954IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 6mg