Vegan Baked Ziti

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Enjoy my Vegan Baked Ziti recipe, it is easy to prepare, perfect weeknight dinner. Oven-baked pasta with marinara, plant-based ground meat, and vegan cheese is baked until bubbly. The perfect comfort dish that's flavorful and hearty

Vegan Baked Ziti

You technically don’t need a recipe to prepare this Vegan Baked Ziti, it is a simple dish that is very forgiving.

It is made with pasta, plant-based ground beef, tomato sauce, a vegan cheese sauce, vegan mozzarella, herbs, and spices.

This is one of my go-to kid-friendly pasta meals. It is similar to my Instant Pot Vegan Chili Mac And Cheese, Vegan Mac And Cheese and Vegan Rasta Pasta.

vegan baked ziti straight on image on a grey background in a white pan

Some Pro Tips For Making Ziti Without Meat

  1. If you can’t find ziti then use penne pasta. If you are gluten-free there are a variety of gluten-free pasta on the market. You can purchase them in most popular chain supermarkets, health food stores or on Amazon
  2. I prepared a cashew cheese sauce to be added to the recipe. You can substitute the cashews for blanched almonds but you should blend the sauce using a high-speed blender for a creamier sauce.
  3. There are many brands of plant-based ground beef or sausage on the market, they are sold at health food stores and major supermarkets. You can substitute with my Vegan Black Bean Burger broken up in pieces.
  4. I used a jar of marinara sauce but you can substitute with tomato sauce, tomato paste and diced tomatoes.

Vegan baked ziti, step by step shots

How To Make Vegan Baked Ziti?

  1. Boil pasta in a large pot of water according to package directions, Cook until aldente, do not overcook the pasta because you will bake the pasta in the oven. Drain pasta and set aside. 
  2. Make the cashew cheese sauce, add cashew, water, nutritional flakes, onion powder, garlic powder and salt in a high-speed blend and process until smooth and creamy. Set aside. 
  3. Preheat the oven at 375 degrees F. Lightly spray with oil or brush a large casserole pan set aside.
  4. Saute vegan ground meat in oil until brown, about 5 minutes, using a spoon to break it up in pieces. 
  5. Add onions, garlic, Italian seasoning and cook for about 2 minutes.
  6. Add marinara sauce and stir until heated through and bubbly. Season with salt to taste.
  7. Add sauce mixture with the pasta, vegan cheese sauce, and half the vegan mozzarella. 
  8. Spread the pasta in the casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on top. Garnish with parsley and bake for 20-25 minutes in the oven.

Other Amazing Vegan Casseroles To Try

  1. Vegan Cauliflower Casserole 
  2. Vegan Pastelon (Plantain Lasagna)
  3. Broccoli Rice Casserole
  4. Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
  5. Mexican-Style Quinoa Casserole

Vegan baked ziti in a white casserole dish on a grey background, garnished with parsley and basil

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Nutrition

Energy:
353 kcal / 1476 kJ
Fat:
15 g
Protein:
15 g
Carbs:
40 g
Per serving

Cooking Time

Preparation:
10 min
Cooking:
35 min
Ready in:
45 min
For:
12 Servings

Ingredients

Cashew Cheese Sauce

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain pasta and set aside in a large bowl.
  2. Prepare the cashew sauce, place cashew, water, nutritional flakes, onion powder, garlic powder and salt in a high-speed blend and process until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven 375 degrees F. Lightly spray with oil or brush a large casserole pan (9x13"), set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegan ground meat and saute, until brown, about 5 minutes. Add onions, garlic, Italian seasoning and cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in marinara sauce until heated through. Season with salt to taste. Combine sauce mixture, vegan cheese sauce, and half the vegan mozzarella with the pasta.
  6. Spread the pasta in the casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on top. Garnish with parsley and bake for 20-25 minutes in the oven.
  7. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve.

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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11 Comments
  1. Sara
    June 6, 2020

    I was wondering if the cheese mixture would hold up well enough to scoop in to gluten free pasta shells? I found some randomly and excitedly purchased but didn’t think about how to stuff them 🤭

  2. Natalia Toledo
    June 6, 2020

    This recipe looks soooo good!! Making this tonight

  3. Leslie
    March 29, 2020

    This turned out great!

  4. Karen Rubio
    February 12, 2020

    Michelle, this looks fabulous! I’ll have to see if the Lightlife beef alternative is gluten free. Can’t wait to make this – this looks like a really good go-to for potlucks and family dinners where you really want to bring something yummy. Thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      February 12, 2020

      Karen, Lightlife beef alternative is gluten-free. It is definitely great to feed a crowd or for those who are skeptical of vegan food. I hope you enjoy!

  5. Joyce
    January 25, 2020

    Quick, easy, and delicious! I used So Delicious mozzarella cheese and Gardein beefless ground. This one is a keeper!!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      January 26, 2020

      Joyce, I’m so happy you enjoyed it, thank you for sharing your feedback!

      • Barb
        March 22, 2020

        Great recipe! Didn’t have any cheese shreds since we are trying to self isolate ourselves but loved it regardless.

        • Michelle Blackwood, RN
          March 22, 2020

          Barb, thank you for sharing your feedback. Stay safe, thank you for sharing your feedback, I’m happy it tasted good without the cheese shreds.