Penne with Roasted Tofu and Vegetables

4
Total Time
50 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
40 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
The Japanese eggplants are worth seeking out for this recipe. Their color ranges from solid purple to striated shades, and they have a tender, slightly sweet flesh.

Ingredients

low-fat tofu

1½ cup(s), firm variety, cubed

uncooked eggplant(s)

5 cup(s), Japanese variety, cubed

uncooked fennel bulb(s)

½ pound(s), sliced

mushroom caps

½ pound(s), fresh, sliced

sweet red pepper(s)

1 medium, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces

uncooked vidalia onion(s)

1 medium, sliced

garlic clove(s)

6 medium clove(s), peeled

olive oil

1 Tbsp

dried basil

2 tsp, crumbled

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp

uncooked whole wheat pasta

8 oz, penne variety, (about 3 cups)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Combine the tofu, eggplants, fennel, mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, garlic, oil, basil, salt, and pepper in a large roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the penne according to package directions. Drain and toss with the tofu-vegetable mixture in a large serving bowl. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.

Notes

Roasting brings out the naturally sweet, rich flavor of eggplants—and other vegetables. Experiment with different combinations—carrots, yellow squash, red bell pepper, and rosemary are a tasty combination as well.

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