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Tofu-Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe

Tofu-Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe

Your gang won't even miss the meat in this hearty pasta dish from Jenni Dise. The Phoenix, Arizona reader jazzes up tofu with cheese, spinach and garlic for unbeatable flavor. Accented with a hint of red wine, an easy tomato sauce completes the entree.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:5 servings

Ingredients

  • 15 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1-1/2 cups silken firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoons grated Romano cheese, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the tofu, 2 tablespoons Romano cheese and garlic; cover and process until smooth. (Add 1 tablespoon of water if mixture is too thick.) Add spinach; process until blended. Drain shells; stuff with tofu mixture.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, tomato sauce and wine. Spread about 1/2 cup sauce in an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange stuffed shells over sauce. Top with remaining sauce.
  • 3. Cover and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with mozzarella and remaining Romano cheese. Bake 8-10 minutes longer or until shells are heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3 stuffed shells equals 262 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 754 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.