2017.01.12 Pasta; Basil, Broccoli, Cheese Parmesan, Chile Pepper, Garlic Dressing, Nutritional Yeast, Pasta, Pine Nut, Tofu

2017.01.12 Pasta; Basil, Broccoli, Cheese Parmesan, Chile Pepper, Garlic Dressing, Nutritional Yeast, Pasta, Pine Nut, Tofu


Shopping Cart (Products are suggestions, substitute per need\want):

1 jar Frontier Co-Op Red Chili Pepper Crushed
1 bottle Annie's Organic Green Garlic Dressing
1 jar of Parma! Vegan Garlicky Green Parmesan (nutritional yeast)
1 package Trader Joe's Organic Broccoli Florets
1 package Shenandoah Growers, Basil
1 package Trader Joe's Organic Extra Firm Tofu
1 package Artisan Durum Wheat Semolina Pasta
1 package Trader Joe's Pine Nuts

(plus anything missing from the staples list)

Fridge/Pantry Staples:

Whole Foods 365 EVOO
Whole Foods 365 Sea Salt, fine crystals
Whole Foods 365 Pepper, ground
Garlic, bulb
Lemon, juice

Measurement/Preparation (Bring all ingredients to room temperature):

Pesto -
2 tablespoons pine nuts
2 cups steamed broccoli florets, cooled
1/2 cup packed basil
1/3 cup EVOO
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Tofu -
Press (optional) tofu bricks for 15 minutes.
Cube tofu into bit sized pieces.
Toss tofu pieces with EVOO, salt, and pepper

Large non-stick skillet
Large sauce pan 3/4 filled with water

Cooking:

Pesto -
Toast pine nuts for 4 minutes in skillet on low heat.
Transfer to prep bowl and let cool.
Combine in food processor broccoli, basil, oil, lemon juice, yeast, garlic, salt, and flakes.
Blend all to a smooth paste.
Add pine nuts, and 2-3 tablespoons of water and blend to a smooth sauce.

Tofu -
In skillet, over medium heat, cook tofu until golden brown.
Set aside when finished.

Pasta-
Cook pasta in sauce pan following package instructions.
Drain with colander.
Return to pan.
Add desired amount of dressing to pasta and toss.

Combine -
Add pesto to tofu in skillet and mix.

Plating:

Distribute pasta between plates.
Top each plate with tofu/pesto mix.

Wine:

Trader Joe's Grower's Reserve Zinfandel, Paso Robles, 2015, Organic

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