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Asparagus, Fava Bean & Smoked Tofu Pasta

This spring meal was delicious. It is very filling, yet not, with a lovely hint of mint.

Asparagus, Fava Bean & Smoked Tofu Pasta

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large leek, white and most green parts, sliced in rings
  • 6 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 cup soy yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons powered vegetable bouillon
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 lemon. juiced
  • 6 ounces fresh fava beans, shelled
  • 12 fresh asparagus, cut diagonally in 1 inch pieces
  • 12 ounces bow tie pasta
  • 6 ounces smoked tofu pieces

Asparagus, Fava Bean & Smoked Tofu Pasta

Directions:

  1. Blanch the fava beans and remove the outer skins.
  2. Clean and slice the asparagus.
  3. Slice the leek in thin rings.
  4. Chop the mint.
  5. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan.
  7. Add the sliced leek and saute.
  8. Add the so yogurt, wine and vegetable bouillon to make the sauce.
  9. Steam the asparagus pieces until they are al dente.
  10. Cook the bow tie pasta in the boiling water until al dente.
  11. Add the chopped mint at the last minute to the sauce and mix well.
  12. Season to taste with a bit of salt, freshly ground pepper and perhaps a dash of cayenne.
  13. Add the smoked tofu pieces to the sauce and continue to warm.
  14. Drain the pasta when it is cooked. Return the pasta to the pot.
  15. Add the sauce to the pasta and mix well.
  16. Add the fava beans and asparagus.
  17. Gently mix the pasta and place in a serving dish.
  18. We garnished the meal with chopped chives and a few fresh mint leaves.

Notes:

You can use any vegan meat alternative like fake bacon or tofu hotdogs, instead of the smoked tofu.

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11 Responses to “Asparagus, Fava Bean & Smoked Tofu Pasta”

  1. Looks tasty ;)
    It makes my brain spin and think of some ravioli filled with asparagus (with some creamy cheese/cheeze).. But that’s just my awkward braian thinking of things like that.

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Sara, Thank you for your comment…. Well..I don’t think your brain is sooo far off. We have made a bunch of ravioli recipes before. They’re all quite tasty- But this recipe was much easier and quicker. It depends upon how much time you have to make things. This was a very nice dinner. If asparagus are still fresh in the stores I think Ill do it again, we really enjoyed it. Here are a bunch of ravioli recipe you might find interesting.
    Asparagus ravioli with creamy lemon sage sauce
    http://www.vegalicious.org/2008/04/04/asparagus-ravioli-with-creamy-lemon-sage-sauce/
    Beet Ravioli with Fava Bean Sauce
    http://www.vegalicious.org/2009/09/21/beet-ravioli-with-fava-bean-sauce/
    Spinach ravioli filled with a pea & pistachio mixture
    http://www.vegalicious.org/2007/06/01/spinach-ravioli-filled-with-a-pea-pistachio-mixture/

  3. Thank you Chris! Those look really good too :D (I’m following your blog since 3 months, so I didn’t see those) I’ll probably try the beet ravioli ’cause they’re growing in our garden as well.

  4. eva (FiveFruitsAndVeggies) says:

    what kind of vegetable bouillon do you use?

    ps i am new to your blog!…

  5. Gena says:

    Yummy yummy yummy!! You should submit your recipes to Finding Vegan: http://www.findingvegan.com/

  6. Chris says:

    Hi Eva,
    We use a couple of different brands. After reading the ingredient lists to make sure all the ingredients are vegan. However, as we live in Europe I don’t think these brands would be available to those in the States. sometimes we use vegetable bouillon cubes, other times the powdered form. I hope this helps. The main thing is to try various ones until you find one that you like the flavors of.

  7. Chris says:

    Hi Gena,
    Thank you for your comment. We often post on Finding Vegan. Sometimes it takes a bit of time for the photos to show up. I’m sre this will be there soon. Thank you.

  8. Suzi says:

    Hi, just wondering if you smoke the tofu yourself or if you can buy it pre-made. I haven’t seen that locally here. The recipes looks great. Thanks!

  9. Chris says:

    Hi Suzi,
    Thank you for your question. No, we don’t smoke our own. The smoked tofu pieces are indeed available – even at the regular grocer markets. They have spicy tofu pieces, smoked tofu pieces and the block of plain tofu. So it’s much handier to pick it up, rather than going through the trouble of smoking it.

  10. This looks wonderful! I love that soy yogurt is added – yum!

  11. Chris says:

    Hi Jesse, Thank you for your comment. Yes, this is a really nice meal. It looks so pretty and fresh and tastes delicious. I hope you give it a try, and enjoy.

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