Finally I wanted to try something, so many people are raving about. What’s that? Of course, I’m talking about Tofu. And if you don’t know, what it is – let me explain shortly.
Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a food made by coagulating soya milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks. Tofu can be soft, firm, or extra firm. Tofu has very little flavor or smell of its own, so consequently, it can be used either in savory and sweet dishes. Tofu has a low calorie count and relatively large amount of protein (pretty amazing, right?). Tofu is eaten in million of ways, including raw, stewed, stir-fried, in soup, cooked in sauce, stuffed with fillings and so many more. (Source: Wikipedia)
It sounds too good to be true, so I wanted to give Tofu a try and make something easy and not so difficult. And here’s a recipe I came across today, when surfing on Pinterest.
Ingredients (4 servings):
- 16 Jumbo Pasta Shells
- 1 Uncle Ben’s Sweet and Sour Sauce
- 1 package (250 g) firm or extra-firm Naturli Tofu
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- Fresh basil leaves, minced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 200 C
- Rinse block of tofu and dry it with paper towel
- Cook Shells in a pot of boiling water until al dents (about 8-10 minutes). Not overcook! Drain shells and set aside to cool
- In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and add garlic, onion and basil. Sauté for approx 5 minutes
- Crumble tofu into saucepan with your hands. Stir all ingredients together and cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat
- In a medium casserole, spoon a half of sweet&sour sauce and spread around
- Add about 2-3 tsp of tofu mixture into each stuffed shell and place shells on top of sauce
- Cover shells with the remaining sauce and add cheese on top (optional)
- Cover casserole dish with tin foil and poke several air holes. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until heated throughout
Serve with a fresh green salad or grilled veggies, if you want.