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CREAMY PEA AND SMOKEY BACON PENNE

CREAMY PEA AND SMOKEY BACON PENNE
CREAMY PEA AND SMOKEY BACON PENNE

With a title like “creamy, smokey bacon penne” we would forgive you for not believing it’s a vegan recipe - but it is! And it’s deeeelicious. Who doesn’t love a naughty pasta dish for dinner? 🤤 The tofu “bacon” lardons we a roaring success, they had such a smokey flavour and mouthwatering crunch, we had to stop ourselves nibbling on them before we added them back to the pasta 👀 The creamy sauce works really well too, feel free to customise it to your tastes - you could add some more veggies if you fancied i

Ingredients
Method

Ingredients

Tofu Bacon Lardons

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 450g smoked firm tofu
  • 25g cornflour
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked salt (or normal salt)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Creamy Sauce

  • 200ml vegan cream (we used Oat)
  • 3 tbsp vegan cream cheese
  • 200g garden peas (defrosted)
  • 400g whole wheat penne pasta
  • 10g parsley leaves
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (& to sprinkle)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. 1.

    Tofu press | Frying pan | Kettle boiled


    First, prepare the tofu bacon lardons | Press the tofu in a tofu press - the drier the tofu, the better | Put the cornflour, smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt into a mixing bowl and mix together with a fork | Add the tofu cubes to the bowl and roll in the dry mix, making sure they’re well covered | Transfer the tofu lardons to a plate | Drizzle the 2 tablespoons maple syrup and soy sauce over the prepared tofu cubes and set to one side

    Now it’s time to cook! | Cook the pasta according to packet instructions (approx 9 minutes in salted boiling water) | Warm the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat | Add the tofu cubes to the pan and gently stir for 8-9 minutes until the tofu has warmed through and the coating is developing a crunchy crust | Add the vegan cream and vegan cream cheese to the pan, stir and bring to a very gentle simmer | Add the peas and the pasta to the pan and fold them into the pan to combine (add a little pasta water to loosen the sauce if needs be) | taste the sauce and season to perfection with salt and pepper (lots of pepper!)

    Time to serve | Spoon the Creamy Pea and Smokey Bacon Penne into bowls | Garnish with parsley, nutritional yeast, black pepper and serve immediately with a simple mixed leaf salad