Monday, May 21, 2007

Pasta with Braised Squash & Greens

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 30 minutes

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces cubed smoked tofu
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of crushed red pepper
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed, leaves cut into 1-inch pieces
8 ounces whole-wheat penne, rigatoni or fusilli
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper

Put a large pot of water on to boil for cooking pasta. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tofu and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add onion to the pan; cook, stirring often, until softened and golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Return the tofu to the pan and add broth and squash; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add chard and stir to immerse. Cover and cook until the squash and chard are tender, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and return to the pot. Add the squash mixture, Parmesan, salt and pepper; toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 412 Carbohydrates: 61 g Dietary Fiber: 11 g Fat: 8 g Protein: 24 g Sugars: 7 g

Tips and Tricks:
I am not a tofu fan-I leave it out or substitute grilled chicken.

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