26 Mar 2013

raw lasagna with cashew cheese and broccoli sun-dried tomato pesto


I know, FINALLY something that isn't a dessert. Sorry I have a major sweet tooth, okay. Believe it or not, I do eat things other than raw cake and chocolate in the daytime. Usually I keep it simple with fruit, juice, smoothies, salads and sometimes zuke pasta but I also like to get fancy sometimes. I've been wanting to make raw lasagna for you and tonight I did! It was a very quick, spontaneous, improvised recipe that ended up (thank goodness) being quite tasty. 


I made a simple cashew cheese with garlic, rosemary and lemon and then a "pesto" (I don't know what else to call it that sounds nice) of sun-dried tomatoes and broccoli. Like I said, I improvised. Mostly because I am running out of fresh produce and really must go shopping. It is a scary feeling, being myself, when you know you are running out of bananas. 


I don't like doing the same thing over and over again so after making one serving of lasagna, I made rolls with the rest of the zucchini strips and fillings. Mmm... spirals of raw whole food goodness in each bite. I wanna get back to the kitchen now so I can A) clean up the mess I made, but more importantly, B) to eat the rest of these!


lasagna with cashew cheese and broccoli sun-dried tomato pesto: serves 3-4

Lasagna noodles:
1 zucchini

Cashew cheese:
2/3 cup cashews
2 peeled garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1-2 teaspoons dried rosemary
2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional) 
Salt and pepper, to taste
Water, as needed

Sun-dried tomato and broccoli pesto: (or use the pesto recipe here)
1/2 head of broccoli
2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes 
1 tablespoon olive oil (only if your sun-dried tomatoes aren't already stored in oil)
Salt, pepper and dried herbs, to taste
Water, as needed 

Other layerings:
Mushrooms
Tomatoes
Basil leaves
Sprouts

To make the noodles: slice the zucchini on a mandolin. Or very thinly with a sharp knife. Set aside. 
To make the cheese: blend all ingredients in your food processor or blender until smooth and thick, adding as little water as possible. Set aside. 
To make the pesto: blend all ingredients in your food processor or blender until smooth and thick, adding as little water as possible.
Assembly: layer the noodles with the pesto, cheese and whatever you else you like, alternating as you go. If you want, make roll ups too! Enjoy. 

86 comments:

  1. That looks SO good! I would go make it tomorrow, but no sun dried tomatoes. But it looks so good, I think I will have to swing by the store. Amazing photos too of course! Can't wait to try it :)Thanks for posting something so drool-worthy!

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    1. Thank tou!! You could also use this recipe for pesto: http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2012/11/raw-pizza-with-spinach-pesto-marinated.html#.UT52IByG2So

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    2. So I went out and bought sun dried tomatoes just to make this (I normally have em on hand, I love em so much though I run out often). AMAAAAAZZZIINNNGGG! Seriously. So simple, but so good. The cashew cheese is the simplest I have made and the best tasting. I already made another batch just of it to throw on zucchini noodles and well, eat plain because I'm weird :) Thanks so much for posting this gorgeous and deeeeelicious recipe. HIGHFIVE!

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    3. Haha thank you! Don't worry - had extra cheese too and was just dipping pieces of zuke in it. YUM.

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  2. Hmmm, this makes me want to try eating raw vegetables. That's the one thing holding me back from eating raw more often -- I don't like the taste of most raw vegetables (not sure why, though!). But this looks sooo good :)

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  3. Fantastic post with absolutely wonderful photos. Love your blog!

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  4. This looks delicious, personally I'd like to try it with spinach in the pesto as well :) I do love spinach :P

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    1. Yes I would have done that but I was out of spinach =) Makes me try new things!

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  5. This looks wonderful!

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  6. Going to make this! ....with spinach instead of broccoli... not a raw broccoli fan lol ;-) thanks!

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    1. Go for it! That will still be DELISH.

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  7. Thank you for sharing! I loooove your pics they look divine. I love raw lasanga and this one sounds and looks delicious. Have a wonderful day dear!

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    1. Thanks so much! love all your comments.

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  8. Sooo gorgeous! I love me some raw lasagna. This is tha bombbbb.

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  9. Can raw thinly sliced eggplant work instead of zucchini? Or would it have an odd taste? Thank you!

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    1. That would work, but I suggest marinating it in your fave veg oil and a bit of salt or tamari for about an hour, so it softens. Or cook it lightly. Otherwise it will be chewy and honestly not taste that great. Poor raw eggplant can't compete with zucchini =(

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  10. would walnuts or almonds work?

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    1. Yep! =) For pretty much all my recipes, the type of nut isn't very important so you can use whatever kind you like.

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  11. well i like them all... but i just bought walnuts and almonds.. would it taste really different you think?

    i made your pb and choc cheesecake for easter.. oh myyyy.. amazing!!!

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    1. Nah they'd be fine. Yay thank you! =)

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  12. i have field greens.. would they work for the pesto.. need to use them up lol.. how much do you think i would need to use?

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  13. ohh i wish i could show you a pic of the finished product.. it was sooo good.. i used cherry tomatoes.. and a mix of field greens and spinach tomatoes and cauliflower. i made the roll ups. .. it was soooo good.. placed it on bib lettuce. and shredded some carrots on top of them.. and sliced some cukes with vinaigrette at the side.. amazing raw dinner..

    now im trying to decide on your recipe for dessert.. i have dates, oats, agave, walnuts almonds,a bar of choc pb.. hmm what do you suggest.. i have made your pb and choc cheesecake.. amazing

    i am so proud of u starting at such a early age..taking care of your body.. im going to school to become a health coach..

    i have relased 190 pounds on my own .. went vegetarian this past year.. and gluten free.. ok your readers dont want to hear about me, but i think your doing amazing for such a young age.. keep up the incredible work..

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  14. oh and cocoa poweder, craisens, cocoanibs bananas cocconut, cocnut milk i think thats it..... now im done.. what would you suggest pls with those ingredients.. if i peruse your site again i will be on it for hours.. lol

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  15. You don't have to soak the cashews for th nut cheese?

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    1. You can, but this is meant to be a quick recipe =)

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  17. What's that crunbly off-white stuff on top of the sprouts in that close-up cross-section shot of the lasagna?

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    1. It's called parma, get the recipe here: http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2011/10/walnut-parmesan-cheese.html

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    2. Oh, and congratulations on your cookbook deal. That is very exciting.
      (The parma looks delish, by the way)

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  18. AnonymousMay 23, 2013

    This looks delicious! How long would the cashew cheese and pesto last in the fridge? I'd like to make it in advance and assemble at the last minute if possible.
    p.s. this is my new fave blog.

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    1. Thanks! :D The cashew cheese will get better with age (a week is fine) and the pesto will be ok for a few days.

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  19. AnonymousMay 25, 2013

    Just turned vegan this week after finding out I most probably have crohn's disease; being a complete meat-eater before I figured let's do the opposite! Inconsistent eating patterns/high processed sugar diet clearly wasn't working out for me!

    Your culinary skills are outstanding and so inspiring. I hate cooking and work tricky hours but these recipes make me want to get into the kitchen and create!! The pictures make me feel like I'm gazing into a big vegetable willy wonka factory; scrummy works of art.

    Thank you in advance for all the pleasure without the guilt and hopefully a reversable diagnosis!

    <3 Francesca, London x x x

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  20. AnonymousJune 04, 2013

    Why can't you just use normal cheese, like pecorino

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  21. AnonymousJune 05, 2013

    because this is a vegan blog and pecorino cheese is made from ewe's milk x

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  22. AnonymousJune 05, 2013

    Wow AMAZING! I can never understand someone who would say this looks unappetizing. This looks delicious. I feel sorry for people who would be objected to eating this. They don't know real flavor.

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  23. wow, this recipe looks amazing! I cannot wait to try it!!!

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  24. StephanieJune 08, 2013

    YUM! I made this today and it is sooo filling and delicious I can't wait to eat more. Thank you so much :)

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  25. AnonymousJune 15, 2013

    I have your website open at all times to push myself to eat better. EVERYTHING on here looks so appealing, and I really want to make a big diet change. I love vegetables and fruits, but the problem is I love a lot of other things too haha. I have definitely been better, or at the very least, aware of what I'm eating since finding this page. Thanks for the inadvertent support. ;) You are awesome!!!
    -Rebecca

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  26. I ate this today and I have to say it... I TOTALLY LOVE IT!!!
    That was an amazing simple experience, really, the taste is wonderful, I had tray cashew cheese only once before and I didn't like it so much cause it had a lot of acid flavors but this one is simple and tasty and creamy... really, one of my favorites.

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  27. AnonymousJune 24, 2013

    I made this for dinner tonight at it was the best dinner I've had! So fresh and full of flavour! Thanks soooooo much for your inspiration and sharing. You're so talented and amazing! :) - Lucia

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  28. OMG! I made this last night and all i can say is, THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE! me and my bf have been trying to eat alot more raw and this was an amazing dish. he actually said it was the best thing he had ever eaten! Thanks, i love your blog!

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    1. YYYAYY you guys are the coolest! :D thanks so much x

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  29. Wow - this is such an amazing recipe, thanks!

    I've finally got round to post the making of these lasagna rolls (what a great idea to roll it - made zucchini lasagna before, but never rolled it ;)) on my own little blog - http://vegaensch.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/madelsabend-cooking-a-vegan-dinner-for-friends/ I've linked your blog of course. It's still developing and I've just started, but you're such a big inspiration to me :)

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  30. Love your blog. Makes it fun to be raw vegan with all these great ideas. Ive shared them with friends.

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  31. For the cashews - are they supposed to be raw or salted or something else?

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    1. Always raw, unless otherwise mentioned ;)

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  32. This is my first Raw recipe. It tasted wonderful!! The only thing is I put too much water with the cashews and my mini chopper doesn't make the sauces smooth, but it tasted so good.

    Thank you!!xx

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  33. If your in LA and want to make this awesome recipe a little quicker check our Nary Dairy, fermented raw cashew cheese. It's sold by the quarter pound. www.narydairy.com

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  34. This is my dinner today! <3

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  35. I just made this for dinner... it was amazing! Thank you!

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  36. THANK YOU! It is effortless and delicious! I added basil, which worked well. I can't believe that something so flavorful is so easy to make. I am about to rock this recipe all over the place. My Dad, the carnivore, loved it! Serious KUDOS to you.

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  37. This was so awesome! I loved it, thank god there were leftover sauce and pesto so I can have it for work the next day :P thank you for your awesome recipes, as a vegan, I am trying to incorporate more raw food in my daily diet (which shouldn't be too different as I don't want to eat a hot meal in the Aussie summer).

    Love and light from down under xxx

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  38. Oops, I meant to say difficult not different** my bad.

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  39. Wow!!!! Awesome!! I LOVE this! I had a raw vegan lasagne in a restaurant a few months ago, and ever since I tried to find a recipe to make one. This is perfect, looks so delicious and beautiful!! Thanks for sharing! Sylvia

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  40. it's look nice
    Thanks for great recipe :)

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  41. Making this on Saturday...wooop!!

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  42. You are so creative! I love love love your recipes!! Thank you for sharing :)

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  43. I decided that I would only eat raw food for Lent this year... I thought I was going to give up but, luckily, found your site! Made this dish tonight and am so happy with how it turned out! My husband and two kids were impressed with the nut cheese too! Thanks!! Can't wait to try more of your recipes!

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  44. Made this tonight! YUMMO!! So stoked on the results :D It was stunning and absolutely delicious. So glad I made myself extra for lunch tomorrow! Thanks for all your gorgeous recipes!

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  45. I can't believe how tasty this is. I've just made it and I must admit I had my doubts. but boy oh boy, I'm full and still going in for seconds. Rawesome indeed!

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  46. Thank you so much for opening up a whole new world for me. Your work is so inspiring and your creative mind shines so bright in all your pictures. Well done on using your amazing talents and thanks again for sharing your passion with us. Love and light

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  47. Just made this for dinner and it was so so good! Every bit as good as it looks. Now I am having leftover cashew coffee vanilla creme cake with a cinnamon chocolate crust! A totally This Rawesome Vegan Life event :-) Thanks for another great recipe!

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  48. My raw vegan husband LOVED this! Definitely a hit. My two and four year old boys ate it, but needed the "Eat like a T-Rex!" or your fork flies like an airplane techniques (Emily, don't be insulted... they are 2 and 4 years old after all!).

    Here are my notes:
    -I halved the garlic and it was enough for me
    -I doubled the cheese and pesto part (for a serving of 3 people... we needed it!)
    -Make the cashew cheese LAST as it goes bad first... so just slice your zucchinis first and make the pesto first and leave the cheese more to the end).
    -I used toothpicks to hold the spirals together
    -It's hard to get the cheese to stay on the smooth zucchini - hold it in your hand while you put the cheese on, rather than leave it on the plate. It's easier).

    This meal looked FANTASTIC and pretty similar to the photos... my husband thought I had slaved for hours! Thank you!

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  49. Hi Emily!
    I just found your beutiful blog :)! I love it!
    I have been eating mostly vegan for 2 years and I'm going to start a raw vegan diet soon.
    Thank you for sharing your great recipes! I think this one will be the first one I'll try to make :)!
    Thank you!!!
    Ema

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  50. Made this last night, it was absolutely delicious! Was initially skeptical about raw broccoli in the pesto but it turned out to be the yummiest component. And the cashew cheese is definitely going to be a staple in my fridge. It was so rich that neither my partner or I could finish it (did make them quite big though!), so if I made it again I'd probably do a smaller lasagne with something a bit lighter on the side.

    As some other commenters have already said, it's so inspiring that you have some up with all these amazing raw creations at such a young age (sorry if that makes me sound like a patronizing old person, at the ripe old age of 25!). Keep it up! :)

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  51. Wow oh wow, I need this in my tummy. I do have a couple zucchinis, so I think this might be a meal tomorrow!

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  52. this is retarded and badly written!

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  53. Lols to the comment above gahahaha

    You are seriously amazing. Found this blog about a month ago and kept it bookmarked. I've been vegan/vegetarian for over 10 years and for most that time have wanted to switch to high raw vegan. Its odd whether its quitting smoking or going meat free, these things only seem to happen for me when the universe wills it!

    Being mostly raw has been no different!

    Something just clicked a few days ago when I bought raw cacao- 'if I can replace my cooked sweet tooth with something raw I CAN GO RAW :D'! My ideal is about 90% raw and I'm doing it- hooray.

    But jeez back to relevance- this recipe tastes so fresh and so amazing. I snuck a bite after making, (waiting for company for din), and I nearly ate it all!! Had to forcfully wrap it up for laters :)

    So to conclude this blah sort of message I'm telling everyone I know about this blog and am going to slowly try EVERYTHING on it!!

    -Tricia

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  54. @Tricia - I know haha. It's so bad it's almost a compliment. I am SO HAPPY to hear that :) :) Much love to ya, lady!

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  55. Emily.. You are Fantastic! I follow you and make tones of your recipes. You have great ideas and have a unique style! :)
    You should definitely create a recipe book. I use to follow Angela's blog from Ho she glow, but now, both of you ladies are my "GURUS" ;)
    Thank you so much for your inspiring blog!

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  56. Had a little raw dinner party, and made these.( I did however add some soaked walnuts into the brocolli pesto-yum) I did them all as rolls as I think its more aestecially pleasing.Adding a little slice of tamamri marinated mushroom in there. It went down a storm. :)

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  57. I made these today and they were super easy and amazing. :) You are making my transition to raw vegan very easy :)

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  58. Totally get what you mean about bananas. When I'm down to one or two bananas I go into an ugly state of banana panic.

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  59. Wow, just wow. I'm in the process of building my lasagnas and I can't stop eating the pieces I finish. This is delicious and filing. What do you do with the left over cheese? Any suggestions? Thanks for sharing!

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  60. Look delicious!
    I'm gonna try it ;)
    Laurine

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  61. Yes, most of the time cashews or macadamias are great. Now I try to eat as much raw food. http://goatripsindia.com/

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  62. Great Blog and post, Nice Dear.

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  63. AnonymousJuly 24, 2018

    How much time does it take to make, approximately?

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