Light Spinach Pasta With Tofu

"A simple and light spinach with pasta recipe which I make for lunch at least once a week. My oven doesn't work so this is baking free!"
photo by Thorsten photo by Thorsten
photo by Thorsten
photo by Marisela D. photo by Marisela D.
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  • Boil pasta according to package directions but only till its almost done.
  • Wash and clean the spinach and steam with a little water for 4 minutes in the microwave.
  • Once it is steamed, blenderize it with the same water to get a spinach paste which is kind of watery
  • In a large non stick skillet, heat oil.
  • When oil gets hot, add the chopped garlic.
  • When the garlic is slightly browned add the onions and stir fry till the onions turn brown.
  • Add the tofu and stir fry till the tofu changes color a bit and looks slightly as if it has been fried.
  • At this point add the red pepper flakes/powder and stir. Immediately add the the spinach paste
  • Let it simmer.
  • Add salt.
  • When the water from the spinach reduces add the semi cooked pasta and let it cook completely. If you think more water is needed add that.
  • I don't add cheese, but can also do the last step in the oven with mozzarella on top.
  • I like this hot and cold--tastes good every way.

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  1. alivo
    This is so delicious! It is so quick, fast and healthy!<br/>I had a bunch of leftover spinach that needed to be used. This was the perfect recipe. I don't like fried tofu thought- so I used the spinach and onion paste as a marinade for the tofu. I made the sauce, then covered cubed tofu with it and let it sit in the fridge for about an hour. And the pasta - I poured tomato pasta sauce on it and mashed up the tofu with spinach mix. It tasted just like LASAGNA !!<br/>Fast meal, healthy and deeeelicious! Thanks
  2. Goldcrest
    I made this for lunch today. It is very tasty and makes an excellent change from tomato based pasta sauces. Also a great way to get your greens. The only changes I made were to use very little oil for frying, add some extra garlic, and some chopped parsley. I puréed a clove of garlic and 1 tbsp chopped parsley with the spinach and also added more chopped parsley later. It amazes me that I never thought of using spinach for a pasta sauce. Thank you very for the recipe.
  3. FrVanilla
    Light and Simple. I also added parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper. I will use this recipe again.
  4. kmurph420
    delicious! i added mushrooms in the sauce as well.
  5. AKillian24
    Great to use up extra spinach. Healthy and rich tasting, depsite it's very healthy stats. I also topped with a bit of parmesan for good measure as well as cracked pepper.


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