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Tim and Liza Goodell’s Tofu Rigatoni Casserole

This is one of the favorites around my house. The tofu gives it almost the texture of ricotta cheese. It’s awesome, but I can never seem to get a decent photo of it. This attempt at least shows the crazy layers that the rigatoni makes inside the dish. Ah well…at least it’s delicious!

Tim and Liza Goodell's Tofu Rigatoni Casserole

Tim and Liza Goodell’s Tofu Rigatoni Casserole

1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1⁄2 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic finely chopped
28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 pinch dried oregano
1 12- to 14-ounce package firm tofu, drained
1 large egg
1 pinch grated nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
10-ounce package frozen spinach, defrosted and drained
1-pound box rigatoni, cooked al dente and drained
1 lb. fresh mozzarella, grated (about 4 cups)
3 ounces grated Parmesan (about 3⁄4 cup)

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion. Sauté for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and cook until the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes more.
3. Add the tomatoes and oregano. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a blender, process the tofu, egg, nutmeg, salt, and pepper until smooth.
4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in the spinach, cooked rigatoni, tomato sauce, 1 cup of the mozzarella, and 1⁄2 cup of the Parmesan.
5. Drizzle a coating of olive oil into a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Add the pasta mixture and sprinkle the remaining cheeses over the top. Bake until golden and bubbling, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Serves 8 – 10.

MacGourmet Rating: 5 Stars

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