Creamy Pea and Smoky 'Bacon' Penne

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Vegan Bacon you say? If it sounds too good to be true, believe us when we say that proof is in the plant-based pasta. We have created meat free bacon. The tofu 'bacon' lardons were a roaring success when we first served this, they had such a smokey flavour and mouthwatering crunch, we had to stop ourselves eating them all. If you're looking for things you can do with tofu, this is a great one to try.

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For the tofu bacon lardons

<item-todo-done>1 tbsp olive oil<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 tbsp smoked paprika<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp garlic powder<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp smoked salt - (or normal salt)<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 tbsp maple syrup<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 tbsp soy sauce<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>450g smoked firm tofu<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>25g cornflour<item-todo-done>

For the creamy sauce

<item-todo-done>3 tbsp plant-based cream cheese<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>200ml plant-based cream - we used oat<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>200g garden peas<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>400g wholewheat penne pasta<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>10g parsley leaves<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>10g nutritional yeast<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> Salt & pepper to taste<item-todo-done>

Before you start

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

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

Make the sauce

  • 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
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