Macaroni with Tofu and Spinach

  • Macaroni Pasta - 2 cups
  • Spinach - 2 cups packed
  • Tofu - 1 cup diced
  • Garlic - 1tsp minced
  • Italian seasoning - 1tsp
  • Chilli Flakes - 1/2 tsp or according to taste
  • Butter - 1 tbsp
  • Black pepper(fresh ground) - 1/2 tsp
  • Black salt - 1/4tsp

Method:

  • Boil water, add salt. After adding salt, the water should taste like tears - just a tinge salty. Err on the side of caution and add less salt. You can always add it in the end.
  • Add pasta and cook as per packet instructions.
  • While pasta is cooking, heat pan with butter and olive oil.
  • Add garlic and diced tofu.
  • Fry for 2 minutes until tofu is just heated thru and add spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted.
  • Strain pasta, rinse in cold water.
  • Add pasta, Italian seasoning, chilli flakes, black salt, black pepper and mix everything.
  • Heat thru and serve.     

Brands used:

  • Ka Kim Tofu has a slightly firm texture and is available locally in Bangalore.
  • MTR Macaroni.
  • Easy Life Italian Seasoning.
  • Borges Olive Oil.
  • Catch Black Salt. 

 PS: The brands are listed for helping the reader. It is not an endorsement of the product in any way.   

 Notes: 

 

 

  • I like to use Black Salt when possible. We like the flavor of black salt especially with Tofu.
  • Butter can be substituted with  olive/sunflower oil without significant difference in taste. Peanut or gingelly oils have a strong flavor which might change the taste of the dish.
  • Tofu can be replaced with Paneer.
  • Italian Seasoning can be replaced with fresh coriander. Though I have not tried it. Oregano seasoning packets from Dominos or Pizza hut would work well too.
  • Freshly cracked pepper makes a lot of difference to the dish.

 

Verdict: Quick one pot meal for kids and adults too. Protein from Tofu, Spinach for vegetables, Pasta for Carbs - all in one. Time taken - 10 minutes total if you prep the vegetables while pasta is getting cooked. When cooked with oil, the pasta is equally good when cold and can be packed lunch/snack.

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