Tofu and Veggie Penne

One day I was trying to decide what to do with a package of carribean tofu (you could use any tofu) I had in the fridge…and this great lunch is what became of it. To start, I filled my four-quart pot with well salted water and put in on the stove top to boil. Once the water came to a boil, I added in a box of whole wheat penne pasta.

In the meantime, I drained the carribean tofu. With the flavored tofu, there is nowhere near as much liquid to drain, so no tofu press needed. Just take it out of the package and squeeze gently over the sink. I cut it into squares and it went into the skillet on medium-high heat to brown (just a couple of minutes). Once the tofu was nicely browned and crispy, I removed it to a plate on the side.

While the tofu was browning, I sliced two shallots, five cloves of garlic, one red pepper and one orange pepper. These now joined some olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Saute the veggies until they begin to soften (ten minutes or so).

Once the veggies began to soften I added one cup of unsalted vegetable broth and a bunch of broccolini rough chopped. Isn’t this broccolini gorgeous??

Continue cooking the veggies until they are all starting to soften nicely (not long…five minutes maybe). Be sure to stir often to combine all the fabulous flavors.

By the time the veggies were all nicely cooked the pasta was ready to strain. You want to cook the pasta a couple of minutes less than the package calls for so it can finish cooking with the tofu and veggies. Before straining, reserve a half-cup or so of the pasta water. Drain the pasta, add it, the tofu and the pasta water into the skillet and stir well to combine. Let simmer a minute or two until the pasta is cooked to your liking.

I didn’t feel the need to add any extra seasoning to this dish…between the carribean tofu and the well salted pasta water it was seasoned just right for me. Season to your taste as necessary and within twenty minutes or so, you have a healthy, yummy meal! Actually, you have several healthy, yummy meals because it made quite a bit!

All that is left is to enjoy!!

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About Melissa's Menu

Self-taught home cook. I love being in the kitchen, it brings me happiness and joy. In the kitchen, I can relax and let my creativity flow. View all posts by Melissa's Menu

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