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Dr Rupy’s Roast Pepper Pasta

In this latest exclusive recipe with The Happy Foodie, Dr Rupy shares this quick and easy vegan recipe for roasted red pepper pasta that uses silken tofu as the secret ingredient for a smooth and creamy sauce.

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Introduction

I’ve tricked so many people into eating (and loving) silken tofu. It works so well in this sauce and it tastes delicious. Plus you get the added benefits of a high- protein ingredient with novel plant chemicals shown to reduce inflammation, as well as a creamy and delicious texture to your pasta. I love making this midweek because it’s so simple to put together and it’s always well received.

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Ingredients

150g dried tagliatelle (preferably wholewheat)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
1 (160g) onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, grated
200g large leaf spinach
For the sauce:
4 (240g) large roasted red peppers from a jar, drained and roughly chopped
150g silken tofu
2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tsp chilli flakes
To serve:
Small bunch of basil, leaves torn
20g Parmesan, pecorino or vegetarian/vegan Italian hard cheese, grated (optional)

Essential kit

You will need: a blender.

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Method

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the pasta and cook according to the packet instructions.

Meanwhile, to make the sauce, tip all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.

Heat the oil in a sauté pan or deep frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and a pinch of salt and fry gently for 6 to 7 minutes until soft. Increase the heat, add the spinach and cook for 2 minutes until wilted.

Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water. Pour the blended sauce into the pan with the onions and spinach and cook for 1 minute, stirring continuously. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss to combine until all the pasta is coated in the sauce. If the sauce is a little thick, loosen with a splash of the reserved pasta cooking water.

To serve, spoon the pasta into bowls, drizzle over a little olive oil and scatter over the basil leaves and grated cheese, if using.

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In Dr Rupy Cooks, you’ll find over 100 easy and accessible recipes that are as flavourful as they are nutritious. There are weekday dinners, one-pot dishes, quick lunches and plenty of vegetarian, vegan, nut-free and gluten-free options. Every dish is meticulously researched and developed for maximum health benefit, accessibility and, of course, taste.

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