This recipe for Tofu Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta is quick, delicious, vegan, and budget-friendly. A dinner the whole family will love. Kid approved.
No chopping required, ready in under 25 minutes, and loved by all! Keep this recipe in your arsenal for when you need to get dinner on the table ASAP.
Plus, it's so easy, I have my kids make it for me. (They're teenagers. I wouldn't be handing this recipe over to young kids.)
Why This Recipe for Tofu Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Is Fabulous
- This creamy vegan sauce is made with firm tofu, which is higher in protein than both silken and medium-firm tofu.
- It contains nutritional yeast for those essential B vitamins.
- The sun-dried tomatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, particularly lycopene which is a powerful anti-cancer nutrient. Their sweet-tart flavor balance the sauce perfectly.
How to Make Tofu Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
Make the Sauce
Add the ingredients to a food processor, and press the 'on' button. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides so everything gets incorporated evenly.
Extra-virgin olive oil and tofu give the sauce a creamy and smooth texture. However, feel free to substitute the olive oil for water, and some fresh lemon juice, for an oil-free option.
Look how creamy this sauce is! It's as delicious as it is creamy.
Cook the Sauce
Transfer the sauce to a large sauté pan and add the reserved pasta water to thin out the sauce. (Don't forget to save some when your pasta is done cooking. I always forget and end up having to make another batch of pasta! My kids love when that happens.)
Cook until warmed through. Mix in the sun-dried tomatoes, and cooked pasta. Add fresh lemon juice, and crushed red pepper.
If you don't plan on using all the sauce, transfer some to an air tight container before adding the pasta. Refrigerate for up to three days. To reheat the sauce, add water until the desired consistency.
Ingredients & Nutrition
Tofu is a healthy plant-based source of protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. It's made from soybeans which are naturally gluten-free and low in calories. Plus, it's a good source of iron and contains no cholesterol. It's also rich in heart-healthy isoflavones and good fats.
In addition, it's very versatile and easy to cook with, readily taking on the flavor of sauces and marinades.
Is firm or extra firm tofu better?
It depends. Extra firm tofu has less water than firm tofu, which you notice in the difference in texture. The culinary uses of firm and extra firm are almost the same, but extra firm tofu doesn't absorb marinades as well. On the other hand, extra firm is easier to pan-fry, stir-fry or deep-fry.
Due to its cheesy, nutty flavor, nutritional yeast can be added to just about all your meals and snacks for extra protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Nutritional yeast are golden flakes made with yeast similar to the strain used in brewing and baking, but it’s deactivated in the final product.
Many vegans use fortified nutritional yeast, which provides the daily-recommended amount of B12, which is usually scarce in a vegan diet.
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