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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Hi! This is a recipe I’ve created for Mori-Nu Tofu – I try to present to you creative ways to add more healthy tofu in your diet! ~jaden
After 10 days of traveling in Hong Kong and Toyko (with brief stops in the beautiful Minneapolis airport), we’re finally home now. It’s nice to come back just in time to get in gear for Thanksgiving, turkey talk, Fall decorations (despite the retailers attempt to lure me straight into Christmas shopping with all the blingy lights and decorated trees).
I’ve got a really fun PRE and POST Thanksgiving recipe for you – if you’re hosting a holiday party this weekend or……if you’re looking to use up some leftovers from the big meal, these crispy, cheesy, tofu pasta nests are so creative.
For the Pre-Thanksgiving folk – you don’t have to cook up an entire Thanksgiving dinner just to make these appetizers – use store-bought roasted turkey breast or rotisserie chicken, canned cranberry sauce and an easy 5-minute Stovetop Stuffing mix. I top each with a tiny bit of fresh thyme.
Of course, don’t limit these pasta nests to just Thanksgiving – top with smoked salmon, a dollop of crème fraîche (or goat cheese, marscapone, greek yogurt, etc) and top with some ikura, sushi salmon eggs. If you don’t have a local Japanese market that sells ikura, head to your favorite sushi joint and ask to buy a package from them. You only need a little bit to top each nest. Finish off with minced fresh chives.
The nests are made with cooked pasta (like thin spaghetti or angel hair), grated parmesan, butter and silken tofu to hold it all together. I’ve used Mori-Nu Silken Tofu to bind the nests together – and it allows me to use LESS butter in the recipe. Using too much butter ended up being to greasy – so the tofu worked perfectly.
Pasta Nest Recipe
Make pasta nests and top with anything you'd like!
Ingredients:6 ounces soft silken tofu (I prefer Mori-Nu brand)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
8 ounces dried thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Cook the pasta according to package instructions, drain.
In a large bowl, whisk together the tofu, butter and cheese until combined. Add the cooked spaghetti and stir well to coat. In a muffin tin, divide the pasta for each cup. Form into a "nest" shape with your fingers. Don't overload - you should be able to make 18 nests (the less pasta you use, the crisper the nests will be).
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until pasta nests are golden brown.