Hearty Vegetable Pasta

Source: Cooking Matters/Lynn Fredericks

Serving size: 3/4 cup

Servings per recipe: 16

This recipe can be used with any vegetables you have on hand!

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  • 1 (16-ounce) package whole grain penne pasta
  • 1 medium onion
  • ½ pound carrots, or combination of carrots and winter squash
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 (26-ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 1 (10-ounce) package firm tofu
  • 1⁄3 cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Dash of ground nutmeg


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1. Cook pasta using package directions. Prepare sauce while pasta cooks.
2. Peel and rinse onion.
3. Dice onion into ¼-inch pieces.
4. Rinse, peel, and grate carrots. (If using winter squash, adults should rinse and peel before passing off to children to grate.)
5. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, heat oil. Add onions and cook 5 minutes. Add grated carrots and cook 5 minutes more.
6. Add marinara sauce to vegetables. Drain tofu. Crumble into sauce. Mix well.
7. Raise heat to medium. Cook until sauce begins to simmer, about 7 minutes.
8. Pour in milk. Stir to combine.
9. Pour sauce over cooked, drained pasta. Just before serving, add salt and nutmeg. Stir.

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