Ah!Pastas,I like them soo very much.There are so many different varieties to choose,from the really small ones like orzo,star,tube,abcd pastas to these huge jumbo pasta shells.Love cooking with them very much.Here is a jumbo pasta recipe where I stuffed them with tofu and some vegetables.Tofu's beautiful delicate flavor blends well with the flavors of garlic,tomato,herbs and cheese.A simple pasta recipe that goes perfectly well with garlic bread.
Ingredients Serves-312 jumbo pasta shells
1 pack firm tofu
1 small crown broccoli-optional
1 medium zucchini-optional
2 fistful fresh basil leaves
3 tbsp oil
2.5 cups shredded cheese or as preferred
1.5 cups tomato based pasta sauce
Garlic powder as per taste
Salt as per taste
Cook the pasta shells,drain the water and set aside.Slide tofu in a cup for about 15mins,pat dry well with a dry towel and crumble.Pulse broccoli and zucchini.Stir fry tofu with 1/2 tbsp oil and transfer into a bowl,then stir fry the veggies along with salt(use any excess water from crumbled tofu) in a pan adding 1/2 tbsp oil,then combine with tofu to blend well and set the mixture aside.In the same pan add 2 tbsp oil and add the pasta sauce,chopped basil leaves,salt(if the sauce has no salt) and cook for a few mins then add half of the sauce to the tofu mixture,mix to blend well.Scoop the tofu mixture into the shells.Add the rest of the sauce,sprinkle garlic powder and cheese on top of the pasta.Broil in a preheated oven at 350*F till the cheese melts.Enjoy hot with garlic bread.
Note:Alternatively you could just heat them in smaller portions in the microwave till the cheese melts.