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Vegan Baked Ziti

If you're looking for a vegan pasta dish that's both "cheesy" and creamy without any added oils, this vegan baked ziti is the answer! It's also gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free! Easy to make with a combination of gluten-free pasta, canned tomato sauce and our sunflower seed vegan ricotta, this dish is sure to become a family favorite!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Gluten-Free, Italian, Vegan
Keyword baked ziti, dairy-free, gluten free, gluten free vegan, gluten-free dairy-free recipes, vegan, vegan cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 36 minutes
Inactive Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Calories 430kcal


  • 1 batch sunflower seed ricotta
  • 12 oz gluten-free penne pasta (I used Jovial brown rice pasta but also recommend lentil pasta; you can use traditional ziti pasta if not avoiding gluten)
  • 1 (28 oz.) *can oil-free, vegan tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz.) *can oil-free, vegan tomato sauce


  • Make the sunflower seed ricotta and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Add 1 cup of tomato sauce to the bottom of a 13" x 9" baking dish and spread around with a spoon.
  • Boil 3 qts. of water in a 5-qt. pot. Salt the water if desired. Par-cook the pasta for 4 minutes less than the package directs. For example, if the package's cooking time is 12 minutes, cook the pasta for 8 minutes. If the package gives a range, such as 9-11 minutes, use the average and subtract 4 (so in this case, the pasta would cook for 6 minutes). Drain pasta and return to pot.
  • Reserve 1 cup of tomato sauce and add the rest to the pasta. Reserve ¼ cup of ricotta and add the rest to the pasta. Stir to combine.
  • Transfer the pasta to the baking dish. Use a spoon to dollop and lightly spread the ¼ cup reserved ricotta randomly on top of the pasta. Spoon on the 1 cup reserved tomato sauce randomly on top of the pasta around the spots with ricotta.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes or until heated throughout (you should see bubbling). Garnish with fresh basil or parsley if desired.



*Feel free to use a total of 5-5.5 cups of homemade sauce or jarred sauce in place of the canned, if desired. Note that most jarred sauces contain oil, but there are a few that do not such as 365 fat free marinara and Simply Nature marinara.
To keep this recipe soy-free, ensure that the pasta and sauce do not contain any soy ingredients.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Reheat in a microwave-safe dish in the microwave until warmed throughout. You can also reheat in a 400° F in a covered baking dish until warmed throughout. Line the baking dish with a little sauce before adding the leftover ziti.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Accuracy is not guaranteed. Information shown should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Nutrition calculation was made using brown rice pasta.


Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fiber: 9g