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Oct 2, 2013 09:58 AM

Silken tofu pasta sauce ideas

Just out of interest and something different for an alternative to diary, I thought I'd try using silken tofu in a pasta sauce. I've read it works but I wanted to get more ideas. Have you tried it? Any favorite sauces to use it with? For me, tofu has a mild flavor but not completely flavorless, did you notice a tofu-like flavor to the sauce?

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  1. are you making some sort of faux-alfredo?

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Just looking for ideas. I first saw the idea with an avocado sauce and then recently stumbled upon a pink marinara with tofu instead of cream.

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        sorry, i cannot stand the flavor of tofu and do not think of soy products as healthy. would rather a small serving of excellent grass-fed dairy. good luck.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          Thanks, actually I generally use grass-fed dairy which I adore, just thought of this as an idea. I'm thrilled that it's easier for me at least in this area to find grass-fed dairy products of all different types - ricotta, buttermilk, etc. which were impossible to find a few years ago. Also like you I don't eat much soy due to some concern of the lovely phytoestrogens but it's fun to experiment once in a while.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              Will do, I haven't bought it yet so we'll see.

    2. Andrea Nguyen's blog about Asian tofu may give you some ideas.

      1. I have made the pink marinara sauce and it was tasty. I blended silken tofu with the red sauce in a blender and then heated gently until hot. I added green peas. My kids loved it.

        1. There aren't that many traditional pasta sauces that use "dairy" and by that I assume milk/cream/ sour cream etc.

          If you ate a vegan or have a food allergy I can see it. If not (and I like tofu pretty much) that seems gross. Sorry

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            1. re: fldhkybnva

              But I can sure see it as part of the sauce.

          1. Maybe blending winter squash with the tofu?