Vegan Pasta Mold

My Italian friends would scream if they knew I mention tofu and Italian in the same sentence let alone using it in Italian food.  One of the characteristic of tofu is that  it is flavorless.  Some people find that to be very disadvantageous. For me, I see that as a plus. Because tofu has no taste it can  adapt  to any flavor you use with it. I use tofu as a cream to make strawberry smoothies, as nuts in pesto or as cheese in Tiramisu.

Vegan pasta mold is a favorite dish in my household and for my guest vegan and meat eater. It is easy  dish that provides  good protein, carbohydrates and other nutrients.

Vegan Pasta Mold

serves 6

12       ounces lite firm tofu

6         cloves garlic

1          cup chopped fresh basil leaves

1/4     cup olive oil

lemon zest

salt to taste

1         pound angel hair pasta

-In a food processor, puree tofu, garlic, basil, lemon zest, salt and olive oil.

-In a large pot, bring salted water to boil.  Add the pasta and cook until al-dente.

-Drain the pasta.  Add pasta while it is hot to the tofu paste and mix well until all pasta is coated with the tofu paste.

-Spray a bundet cake pan with olive oil spray.

-Stuff the cake pan with the pasta.

-Press the pasta very firmly in the cake pan.

-Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35 minutes.  Serve with mixed salad.

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