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If you’re searching for a delicious and satisfying plant-based alternative to traditional Italian sausage, look no further than this vegan tofu italian sausage crumbles recipe. As someone who enjoys trying new flavors and meals, I can promise that this recipe will make you fall in love with tofu Italian sausage.

The secret lies in the humble tofu, perfect for all those classic Italian spices and herbs. But what blew me away was how easy this recipe is to whip up. With only a few ingredients and minimal effort, you can make some of these delicious tofu Italian crumbles.

And the best part? They are versatile. Toss them into your favorite pasta dishes, sprinkle them over pizzas, or use them as a protein-packed filling for sandwiches and wraps.

I can’t even describe my satisfaction when I first tried this recipe. It was like a crispy and delicious moment, reminding me that vegan cooking can be as flavorful and satisfying as any meat-based dish. So, let’s discuss how to make this tofu recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Tofu Italian Sausage?

The various reasons that make you fall in love with this vegan tofu italian sausage crumble recipe are listed below:

  • Dietary Friendly

It’s not just vegan and vegetarian-friendly; this recipe is also oil-free, plant-based, sugar-free, and gluten-free, satisfying a broad variety of dietary requirements and tastes.

  • Bursting with Flavor

Despite being plant-based, this tofu sausage is packed with the delicious flavors of traditional Italian sausage, due to a combination of herbs and spices like fennel, paprika, and Italian seasoning.

  • Marinate to Perfection

Tofu can be marinated for 30 minutes or overnight, allowing the flavors to enter and infuse it with incredible depth.

  • Clean Ingredients

Unlike commercial vegan sausages, this recipe contains no added oil or artificial additives, ensuring a healthier and more natural option.

  • Effortless Preparation

The process is super easy in that you must simply toss the tofu with the spices and bake it to make it a hassle-free and convenient option for busy mornings.

With its delicious flavor, easy preparation, and health-conscious ingredients, this Tofu Italian Sausage recipe will surely become a staple in your kitchen, loved by vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters alike.

Ingredients Needed to Prepare Vegan Tofu Italian Sausage Crumbles Recipe

To prepare this vegan tofu italian sausage crumbles recipe, the various ingredients you will need are as follows:

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  • Extra Firm Tofu: Firm or extra-firm tofu is essential for these crumbles. Silken tofu won’t work as it’s too soft and will turn mush.
  • Soy Sauce, Tamari, or Liquid Aminos: Any of these three will add a lovely salty, umami flavor to the crumbles. If you are gluten-sensitive, opt for tamari or liquid aminos instead of regular soy sauce.
  • Italian Seasoning: Many sausages, especially Italian ones, feature Italian seasoning. You can easily buy a pre-made blend or whip up your own mix of basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.
  • Dried Fennel Seed: Fennel here is essential as it gives these crumbles that signature Italian sausage flavor. Grinding the seeds is unnecessary; whole seeds work perfectly in this recipe.
  • Smoked Paprika: I used smoked paprika for an extra hit of smokiness (even though there’s also liquid smoke). Regular paprika will work just fine, but authentic Hungarian paprika tastes way better than the generic store-bought stuff.
  • Liquid Smoke: As the name suggests, liquid smoke is a liquid made from actual smoke. Remember to use this, as it adds a lovely smoky and umami flavor, a key ingredient in many vegan recipes.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch helps the crumbles get nice and crispy, even though this recipe is oil-free. You can also use arrowroot powder as a substitute.

NOTE: See the recipe card for complete information on ingredient quantities.

With this flavorful blend of ingredients, you will have a batch of incredible vegan tofu Italian sausage crumbles that will fool even the most die-hard meat-eaters.

Get a protein boost with our vegan edamame crunch salad. This salad is full of edamame, fresh veggies, and a tasty dressing that will satisfy you. It’s quick and easy to make, perfect for busy days. See our guide for the full recipe.

How to make Italian Tofu Sausage Crumbles Recipe?

After discussing the key ingredients to make this vegan tofu italian sausage crumbles recipe, let’s dive into the preparation steps to capture all the classic notes you love to give these crumbles their irresistible taste:

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Step 1: Prepare the Tofu

Remove the tofu from packaging and drain any extra liquid. Place the tofu block on a plate or chopping board covered with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Put another plate or cutting board on top and weigh it down with something heavy like a can or book. Let the tofu press for 15-20 minutes to remove as much moisture as possible.

Step 2: Crumble the Tofu

Once pressed, transfer the tofu to a large mixing bowl. Use your hands or a potato masher to crumble the tofu into small, bite-sized pieces that resemble sausage crumbles.

Step 3: Add the Spices & Mix them up

To the bowl with the crumbled tofu, add the soy sauce (or tamari/liquid aminos), Italian seasoning, dried fennel seeds, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, cornstarch, and salt and pepper to taste. After that, gently toss and mix all the ingredients together with a spatula or spoon until the tofu crumbles are evenly coated with the spice mixture.

Step 4: Bake the Crumbles in Preheat Oven

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spread the seasoned tofu crumbles in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stopping to toss and flip the crumbles halfway through baking.

Step 5: Get them Crispy & Serve

For extra crispy crumbles, broil for 2-3 minutes after baking, keeping a close eye to prevent burning. Remove the crumbles from the oven and allow to cool slightly. They will become more crisp as they cool. Serve warm with pasta, pizza, and tacos, or as a plant-based breakfast sausage.

That’s it! These simple instructions will help you prepare deliciously crispy and flavorful vegan tofu italian sausage crumbles.

Recipe Variations & Substitute Options

You know, one of the things I love most about cooking is the ability to put your own spin on recipes and make them uniquely yours. And when it comes to this vegan tofu italian sausage crumbles recipe, the possibilities for variations and substitutions are endless.

Variation 1: Gluten-Free Option

If you need to make this recipe gluten-free, simply use tamari or liquid aminos instead of regular soy sauce. Both alternatives offer that savory, umami flavor without any gluten.

Variation 2: Spice & Herbal Twist

For those who enjoy a bit more heat, feel free to increase the amount of red pepper flakes or add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the mix. Moreover, add some chopped fresh parsley, basil, or rosemary to the crumbles after baking to add a lovely depth of flavor.

Variation 3: Oil-Free & Nut-Free

If you prefer an oil-free version, simply omit the olive oil and use a few tablespoons of vegetable broth or water to help the spices stick to the tofu crumbles. If you have a nut allergy, simply omit the fennel seeds or replace them with a pinch of fennel powder or ground anise seed for that characteristic Italian sausage flavor.

Remember, these variations are just the beginning; you can make your meal healthier by adding cooked lentils, flaxseed, and many nutritious options to make this recipe your own.

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Crispy Vegan Tofu Italian Sausage Crumbles Recipe

Savory and flavorful plant-based crumbles that mimic the taste of Italian sausage, perfect for pasta dishes, pizzas, and more.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 1
Calories 150 kcal

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Baking Sheet
  • Spatula or Tongs
  • Spice Grinder
  • Parchment Paper or Silicone Mat

Ingredients
  

  • 3.5 oz 100g extra-firm tofu, pressed and crumbled
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil or any neutral oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce tamari, or liquid aminos
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • Remove the tofu from packaging and drain any extra liquid.
  • Place the tofu block on a plate or chopping board covered with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.
  • Put another plate or cutting board on top and weigh it down with something heavy like a can or book.
  • Let the tofu press for 15-20 minutes to remove as much moisture as possible.
  • Once pressed, transfer the tofu to a large mixing bowl.
  • Use your hands or a potato masher to crumble the tofu into small, bite-sized pieces that resemble sausage crumbles.
  • To the bowl with the crumbled tofu, add the soy sauce (or tamari/liquid aminos), Italian seasoning, dried fennel seeds, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, cornstarch, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • After that, gently toss and mix all the ingredients together with a spatula or spoon until the tofu crumbles are evenly coated with the spice mixture.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Spread the seasoned tofu crumbles in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, stopping to toss and flip the crumbles halfway through baking.
  • For extra crispy crumbles, broil for 2-3 minutes after baking, keeping a close eye to prevent burning.
  • Remove the crumbles from the oven and allow to cool slightly for more crisp.
  • Serve warm with pasta, pizza, and tacos, or as a plant-based breakfast sausage.

Video

Notes

  • Press the tofu well to remove excess moisture for the best texture.
  • Adjust spices to taste preference.
  • For extra crispiness, broil for 2-3 minutes after baking.

Disclosure: This video isn’t mine; I included it to provide a visual guide for making Crispy Vegan Tofu Italian Sausage Crumbles Recipe. I plan to create my own tutorial video in the future when I have a larger budget.

Serving, Storing & Reheating Suggestions

Finally, let’s talk about how to make the most of these delicious vegan Italian tofu sausage crumbles, from serving to storing and reheating. First off, these crumbles are incredibly versatile, so feel free to get creative.

Toss them into your favorite pasta dishes, sprinkle them over pizzas, or even use them as a plant-based breakfast patty. As for storing, simply let the crumbles cool completely and then transfer them to an airtight container to keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

And when you’re ready to enjoy them again, just pop them back in the oven or air fryer for a few minutes to crisp them up. Alternatively, reheat them in a skillet over medium heat with a splash of vegetable stock or oil.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is tofu Italian sausage a healthy option?

Generally, yes! Tofu Italian sausage tends to be lower in fat and calories than its meat-based counterpart. Plus, it’s cholesterol-free and a good source of plant-based protein, making it a healthier option for those looking to reduce their meat consumption.

Does tofu Italian sausage contain gluten?

It depends on the brand and recipe. Some tofu Italian sausage products may contain gluten as a binding agent or filler, so if you’re gluten-sensitive or intolerant, be sure to check the label or look for gluten-free varieties.

What are some serving suggestions for tofu Italian sausage?

You can enjoy tofu Italian sausage in a variety of dishes! Serve it alongside roasted vegetables, incorporate it into a hearty soup or stew, or grill it and serve it with your favorite toppings for a tasty sausage sandwich.

Is tofu Italian sausage suitable for those with soy allergies?

Unfortunately, tofu Italian sausage is unsuitable for individuals with soy allergies since tofu, made from soybeans, is the main ingredient. However, other plant-based sausage alternatives may be suitable, such as those made from seitan or pea protein.

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