A warm hearty pasta dish always helps me get through the cold winter nights. Plus this recipe has a roasted vegetable in it. I am a sucker for almost any vegetable that is roasted *mouth waters* While roasting can take a bit longer than other cooking methods, it is super easy and brings out the amazing flavors in your food.
For those of you that don’t know what roasting is, it is when you cook something with dry heat, such as an oven. Roasting enhances flavor through caramelization. I love to roast potatoes and carrots and make a vegetable gravy for the top. Mmmm!
Wholewheat Spaghetti with Roasted Cauliflower and Smoked Tofu
Based on a recipe by Vegalicious Recipes
- 16 ounces dry wholewheat spaghetti
- 1/2 head of cauliflower, cut in small florets
- 4 tablespoons olive oil (separated)
- 1 tablespoon vegan margarine
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and pepper
- 10 ounces smoked tofu pieces of choice (This is the recipe I used, Baked Tofu)
- 1/4 cup white wine (could substitute vegetable broth)
- handfull parsley, chopped
- vegan cheese to grate on top
- few red pepper flakes as garnish and flavor
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Cut the cauliflower in small florets. Place cauliflower on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over, season with salt and pepper and toss to mix. Place the cauliflower in the oven to roast for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
While the cauliflower is roasting. Melt the vegan margarine and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small saucepan. Add the minced garlic and keep the temperature low. Add the smoked tofu pieces, and mix well. Add 1/2 the chopped parsley and mix. Add the 1/4 cup of white wine and mix to make a light sauce. Keep the heat on warm.
Bring a pot of lightly salted water to boil and cook the spaghetti. When the spaghetti is cooked al dente, drain in a colander and return the spaghetti to the pot.
As the cauliflower is done, remove from the oven. At this point you can prepare the meal, as you wish to present it. You can toss all together in a big pot. Then place it in a large serving bowl and grate the vegan cheese on top add the parsley and chili flakes.
Or, you can serve the spaghetti as individual servings, with a portion of the garlicky smoked tofu drizzled on top, then the roasted cauliflower and garnished as above with the chopped parsley grated vegan cheese and red pepper flakes.