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Tim and Liza Goodell’s Tofu Rigatoni Casserole

This recipe sounded interesting to me, so I tried it out last night. It was wonderful! It’s like baked ziti, and the tofu makes it extra creamy. I never thought I’d like something as much as ricotta in a dish like this, but it really works! Plus, since there’s no meat in it, you get some protein from the tofu. I’ll definitely be making this one again!

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Tofu Rigatoni Casserole

Tim and Liza Goodell’s Tofu Rigatoni Casserole
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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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