Lizzo made a vegan version of that viral feta pasta, and it looks good as hell

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Lizzo, singer of certified bangers like “Good as Hell” and “Juice,” has been vegan for almost a year now. Despite that, she found a way to turn that viral TikTok feta pasta (which appears to still be going strong), into a vegan version that looks great, and then—naturally—posted it on TikTok. Today has the scoop.

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But of course, the question is: How?

In the TikTok video, she uses vegan goat cheese made by a brand called Spero (which sent her samples). Spero’s goat cheese alternative is mainly made of organic sunflower seeds, and Lizzo says it’s “tasty.” The rest of her ingredients don’t stray far from the original recipe: cherry tomatoes, garlic, “hella basil,” and grapeseed oil instead of olive oil. One curious deviation was the addition of honey, which isn’t considered vegan since it employs the use of honeybees (so maybe she’s 99.9% vegan).

Her pasta of choice was chickpea-based, and despite her own skepticism, the cherry tomatoes did blend up into a sauce. The finished product resembled the original TikTok video.

Vegan cheeses have come a long way, so I’m not surprised the recipe came together pretty well. They’re not quite perfect yet, but coming up with an entirely natural version of plant-based cheese is still a challenge in manufacturing. More companies like The Bel Group, known for those little wax-covered Babybel cheeses, are trying, though. For the record, I’m a big fan of Chao cheese, which is coconut-based and flavored with fermented tofu, and it really sings in grilled cheese. Lizzo, if you’re out there reading this, please do a vegan spaghetti carbonara next, because everyone loves big food controversies.

Staff writer at The Takeout. Also: Saveur Humor Blog Award Winner, professional pizza maker, and insufferable troublemaker.

DISCUSSION

cloggiegirl01
CloggieGirl

I have long turned my nose up at vegan cheese, because some of them are truly terrible. And often weirdly sweet (daiya!).

I’ve been ordering a vegan meal kits for a few months and there have been some that are goat cheese style and even a packet of Chao. The Chao was delicious in quesadillas and on top of a baked potato. The goat cheese was also delicious crumbled in a pasta and on a salad. However, I wouldn’t eat either of these on their own the texture of chao and an odd aftertaste to the “goat cheese” were only noticeable when I tried snacking on them.

That said, I am totally open to recommendations of vegan “cheeses” that are tasty on their own or on a plain cracker. I’m not giving up dairy cheese any time soon, but it’s nice to know about other tasty foods.