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Two hands piping vegan cultured cheese into a ravioli mold draped with pasta dough.

Vegan Spinach Ricotta Filling for Homemade Ravioli


Vegan spinach ricotta, which is a great way to fill homemade ravioli. Made from cultured cashew cheese, this can be transferred to a piping bag to easily pipe filling into prepped ravioli dough.


for the cultured cashew cheese homemade ravioli filling

  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water overnight and drained
  • 12 probiotic capsules (50100 billion CFUs)
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • a few pinches of salt
  • 10 oz. spinach (you can also use frozen spinach that has been completely thawed, but squeeze until bone-dry)
  • 1/3 cup vegan parm, very finely chopped or grated


to make the cultured cashew cheese homemade ravioli filling

  1. Place the soaked and drained cashews into a Vitamix. Add just enough water so it covers the cashews (about one cup).
  2. Puree until smooth, adding a bit more water to loosen, if needed.
  3. Transfer the puree to a glass container. Stir in the probiotic powder.
  4. Cover with one layer of cheesecloth and secure with plastic wrap or a rubber band. Place in a dark, warm area to culture for 24-48 hours.
  5. Once the desired tanginess is achieved, stir in the garlic and onion powders. Add in the salt.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to use or use immediately.

Two hands holding a small mason jar containing cultured vegan cheese.

to finish the mixture

  1. If using fresh spinach, place into a pot of salty boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds. Transfer the spinach to a bowl of icy water to cool, squeeze until super dry, then chop very fine.
  2. Transfer the cashew mixture to a bowl and add the spinach and vegan parm. Stir to combine, then transfer to a piping bag with a wide tip or use a teaspoon-size amount for each ravioli.

Two hands stirring a vegan cheese mixture in a stainless steel prep bowl.


Any leftover cheese can be slathered over crusty bread or bagels.

  • Prep Time: 48 hours (for culturing time)
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cultured, Blanched
  • Cuisine: Italian

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