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Tofu Parmesan over Linguini with Cherry Tomato & Mushroom Sauce.

  • 1 (12 oz) pkg
    extra firm tofu
  • 1 clove
  • 1 pint
    grape tomatoes
  • ½ small bunch
    Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 5 oz
    linguine pasta
  • 2 oz
    Parmesan cheese
  • ½ lb
    white mushrooms
    balsamic vinegar
    black pepper
    extra virgin olive oil
    garlic powder
    Italian seasoning
    panko bread crumbs
  • 1
    Cut the tofu into approximately ¼-inch thick planks along the long side. Sandwich the tofu between clean towels or paper towels and place on a baking sheet. Place a cutting board with something heavy on top and set aside to press out excess water.
    1 (12 oz) pkg extra firm tofu
  • 2
    Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water, cover, and bring to a boil. Uncover, add salt and pasta, and stir for a few seconds. Cook until desired firmness, 8-10 minutes.
    1 tsp salt
    5 oz linguine pasta
  • 3
    Wash and dry the fresh produce.
    1 pint grape tomatoes
    ½ lb white mushrooms
    ½ small bunch Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 4
    Peel and mince the garlic. Halve the grape tomatoes crosswise. Slice the mushrooms. Transfer all to a medium bowl and set aside.
    1 clove garlic
  • 5
    Add breadcrumbs and spices to a baking dish; stir to combine. Spread mixture out in an even layer and set aside.
    ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
    1 tsp Italian seasoning
    ¼ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 6
    Grate Parmesan and set aside.
    2 oz Parmesan cheese
  • 7
    When pasta is done, drain in a colander, and rinse under cold water; set aside to drain further.
  • 8
    Return the saucepan to medium heat; add oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Add the tomato mixture, vinegar, and spices. Cover the pan, and cook, stirring often, until mushrooms soften and tomatoes begin to break down, 5-7 minutes.
    2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    1 tsp balsamic vinegar
    ¾ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp black pepper
    ¼ tsp Italian seasoning
  • 9
    Meanwhile, preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 10
    Cut tofu planks into approximately 2-inch wide rectangles along the short side. Add to the breadcrumb mixture and turn to coat.
  • 11
    When the skillet is hot, add olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Add the tofu and cook until golden brown on one side, 3-4 minutes.
    2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 12
    Using a spatula, carefully flip the tofu over and top each piece with Parmesan cheese. Cook until the other side has turned golden brown and the cheese has melted, 3-4 minutes.
  • 13
    Add the pasta back to the saucepan with the sauce and toss until well coated. Cook until heated through, 2-3 minutes.
  • 14
    Shave parsley leaves off the stems; discard the stems and mince the leaves.
  • 15
    Divide pasta and sauce between bowls or dishes. Top with tofu and parsley. Enjoy!