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Silken tofu pasta sauce ideas

fldhkybnva Oct 2, 2013 09:58 AM

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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    Ttrockwood Oct 3, 2013 01:08 PM

    My favorite pasta sauce ever is actually made from avocado. I didn't have an entire avocado one day and used a half avocado and a third of a block silken tofu in this recipe- worked out really really well and was not noticable.
    http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/31/15-m...

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      relizabeth Oct 3, 2013 12:38 PM

      There was a sauce recipe with silken tofu in the Armegeddon issue of Lucky Peach. My husband wanted me to make it, but I think it was recycled before I could.

      1. C. Hamster Oct 3, 2013 05:01 AM

        I could see it in something like a butternut squash soup.

        I make a killer chocolate pie with it.

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          callmijane Oct 2, 2013 05:31 PM

          Maybe blending winter squash with the tofu?

          1. C. Hamster Oct 2, 2013 05:15 PM

            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: C. Hamster
              fldhkybnva Oct 2, 2013 05:21 PM

              Ok, thanks

              1. re: fldhkybnva
                c oliver Oct 2, 2013 06:02 PM

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

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              lsimm Oct 2, 2013 05:02 PM

              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. c oliver Oct 2, 2013 10:11 AM

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

                http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/...

                1. hotoynoodle Oct 2, 2013 10:02 AM

                  are you making some sort of faux-alfredo?

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                  1. re: hotoynoodle
                    fldhkybnva Oct 2, 2013 10:06 AM

                    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.

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                      hotoynoodle Oct 2, 2013 10:26 AM

                      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
                        fldhkybnva Oct 2, 2013 10:37 AM

                        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.

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                          hotoynoodle Oct 2, 2013 10:38 AM

                          let us know how it goes!

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                            fldhkybnva Oct 2, 2013 10:45 AM

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

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