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Baked Pasta With Soy Chunks

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A great tasting and wholesome pasta for kids and adults alike. The pasta incorporates Soy Chunks – an easy way to add some texture, interest, taste and nutrition.

Soy Chunks

Kind of Food: Main course
How long: 30-35 min
Makes: 6 cups
Pots & Pans: Casserole or over safe deep dish, Pan

2 cups uncooked dry pasta (any kind)
2 cup of Pasta sauce (Caponata, Arrabiata( for spicy), marinara etc.)
1 cup of Nutrela Soy chunks (soaked for 10 mins in hot /salted water, drained and squeezed)
1/2 cup onion chopped (use red onions if you like the onions a bit sweet)
1/2 cup of roasted red peppers in oil from a jar (drained and patted off the excess oil) chopped to bite size
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup corn (frozen)
Red chili flakes (optional) – to taste – remember you may also have chosen a spic pasta sauce like Arrabiata.
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese
1/4 cup grated Gouda cheese
1/4 cup of sharp cheddar
1/4 cup of mild cheddar
1/4 cup of low fat ricotta
NOTE: You can use any combination of cheeses. Mix them up, you need about 1 cup shredded cheese for this recipe.

How to make

Set the oven to bake at 375F. Start cooking the pasta. While the pasta is getting cooked, set a pan on medium-high heat and add in the Olive oil. Add chopped onions and the soy chunks and saute till the soy chunks are browned. In a bowl, mix the grated dry cheeses together (reserve 1/4 cup cheese separately). Gently toss in the pasta, the browned soy chunks with onions, the pasta sauce, corn, broccoli, red peppers, ricotta cheese, red chili flakes (optional). Pour the mixture into a greased casserole, top with the reserved cheese. Bake covered (with foil) at 375F oven for about 20-25 mins, till heated through and the cheese on top melts and bubbles a little. You can open the leave it in the warm oven for a few more minutes if you like a crusty top. Serve hot with some fresh bread.

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Tips, Tricks & Alternatives
Make sure you heat the oven, set the water to boil and then start with the rest. Parallel processing is the key to making these dishes fast.
A great way to use your left over cheeses and pasta sauce.
The ricotta is just for some binding, you could any other soft cheese as well
Avoid salty cheeses like feta or goat cheese, as everything in this recipe has salt in it.

Serving Ideas
The pasta tastes great without any side dishes. Like any other pasta, fresh bread/dipping oil and light salad will complete the meal.


November 21, 2008 at 12:08 am Leave a comment

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