Penne With Roasted Tofu, Peppers and Spinach in Garlic Sauce

"I found this recipe years ago, I don't remember where. It is a lovely dish for entertaining your vegetarian friends, and the leftovers keep well if you're flying solo. The roasted tofu is very versatile and also works well in salads, stir-fries, and many other dishes. Cook time is estimated and reflects the minimum marinating and cooling times for the tofu. This dish is vegan if you omit the parmesan cheese."
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins




  • FOR TOFU:.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Combine soy sauce or tamari and sesame oil in a medium bowl.
  • Stir cubed tofu into mixture and toss to coat. Marinate at least 20 minutes, up to 2 hours.
  • Spread tofu in a single layer in a baking dish. Bake 25 minutes, or until golden brown all over, tossing with spatula halfway through cook time.
  • Let tofu cool, up to 24 hours.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add red pepper and saute until tender (about 5 minutes).
  • Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add spinach, vegetable stock and salt and cover pan. Cook about 2 minutes, until spinach is wilted but still bright green.
  • Uncover, stir in tofu and continue to cook on low heat, stirring often, while the penne cooks.
  • Drain pasta and stir in tofu and veggies.
  • Top with grated parmesan if desired.

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  1. This was great. My family loved it. I upped the olive oil, garlic and red pepper flake (basically like making spaghetti garlic & oil) and didn't 'stem' the spinach. This is a keeper.
  2. Did not enjoy this at all. Too much pasta...not enough flavour. Would not make again.
  3. Fairly simple to do - burnt the tofu first time round! but second attempt was better. I used quite a bit of cheese - and had to use tinned spinach due to a lack of fresh spinach - but seemed to work ok! Thanks
  4. This dish was excellent, I couldn't stop eating it! I used red and green bell peppers and added garlic and onion powder to the mix. Turned out fabulous! A new favorite for this household! I will make it often. Thanks so much for posting and sharing!
  5. FAB FAB FAB!! I doubled the tofu & bell peppers. Everyone loved this! A definite keeper! THanks, Chiclet!


  1. I added extra soy sauce, pepper flakes and some garlic seasoning. It was delicious!


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