While I try to write down recipes when I can, I often just experiment in the kitchen, throwing together whatever ingredients are on hand to make a quick meal. Here is one such experiment that you can make in less than 30 minutes.
Parmesan Tofu with Pasta
1 block of tofu
Parmesan cheese, about 1/3 cup
bit o’ ketchup (if you want to get fancy and have it on hand, you can use tomato sauce)
pasta of your choice
spices of your choice (I used oregano, garlic powder, and basil)
salt and pepper
First start your water boiling for your pasta. Once it’s at a full boil, season it with salt and then add your pasta. As that’s going, you can start on your tofu.
Now, usually when cooking with tofu it is recommended to drain and press it properly so it keeps its shape. However, I was hungry and didn’t want to extend my prep time. So I drained as much water off the tofu as I could and then quickly pressed it using a thin kitchen towel and my hands. Once that was done, I cut it into thick slices.
On one side of each slice I put salt, pepper, and a dab of ketchup, spread out with a spatula. If you have tomato sauce on hand, you can use that just as well. (Note: if you want to make this more of a parmigiana, you can add sauce to the final product as well.)
Coat each slice of tofu in a mixture of Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, oregano, and basil (to your taste and depending on what you have). Fry the tofu in a tablespoon or so of olive oil until crispy, about five minutes. Flip and repeat.
By this point your pasta should be ready. Drain it and then put it back in your pot. Add some olive oil and oregano for a bit of flavor and then toss.
Layer your tofu with half slices of cheese in between, maybe three or four slices high, depending on how hungry you are. The heat from the tofu will melt the cheese, though if you’re worried about it, just pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds.
To plate, just grab your pasta and add your tofu creation to the side or on top. If you have want more sauce or Parmesan, go for it! Quick and easy, this recipe takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. Enjoy!