Pasta with Spicy Tofu and Pistachios

Tofu’s unnatural geometry is much less off-putting when coated in chili powder from Santa Fe. Still, when my imagination returns me to the child version of myself, when I look at this dish, I see a foam pit into which I might jump. Thankfully, this foam pit is delicious. The pistachios, essential.  Jump in to vegetarianism for a night.

spicy tofu done

Pasta with Spicy Tofu and Pistachios

Adapted from Food and Wine

1 pound firm tofu—drained, patted dry and cut into 3/4-inch dice

6 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons ground Calabrian chiles or cayenne

1/4 teaspoon finely chopped thyme

Kosher salt

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3/4 cup finely chopped onion

3/4 cup dry white wine

One 28-ounce can tomato puree

2 tablespoons finely chopped basil

1/4 cup canola oil

1 pound strozzapreti pasta

Chopped pistachios, grated pecorino and dried oregano, for serving

In a medium bowl, toss the tofu with half of the garlic, the chiles, thyme and 2 teaspoons of salt. Cover and refrigerate the tofu for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

spicy tofu pasta

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion, 
the remaining garlic and a generous pinch of salt and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add 
the tomato puree and basil and bring to a boil. Cover partially and simmer over moderately low heat until thickened slightly, 20 to 25 minutes; keep the sauce warm.

spicy tofu and pasta sauce

In a large skillet, heat the canola oil until shimmering. Add the tofu and cook over moderate heat until browned on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Flip the tofu and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned all over, about 3 minutes longer; keep warm.

spicy tofu and symmetry

In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the strozzapreti until al dente. Add the pasta 
to the sauce and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until coated, about 2 minutes. Fold in the tofu and season with salt. Transfer to a platter and garnish with chopped pistachios, grated pecorino and dried oregano. Serve right away.

Happy Anniversary, cute parents of mine. Happy 40th! Be on the lookout for some much overdue chocolate posts to come. I have a free weekend coming in 7 days 🙂

Mom and dad anniversary at Grand Lodgemom and dad anniversary flowers


One thought on “Pasta with Spicy Tofu and Pistachios

  1. Happy 40th Anniversary to the lovebird parents! What a beautiful photo of them 🙂 And what appetizing photos of your spicy tofu creation, Rachel! Yay for vegetarian delights, and for a quickly approaching free weekend for you, yay! XOXO Susan

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