Farfalle with Pesto, Kale & Garlic ‘Parmesan’ Crusted Tofu

Farfalle with Avocado Walnut Basil Pesto, Kale & Garlic ‘Parmesan’ Crusted Tofu

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Alexandra, Think Outside The Block Finalist
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  • 1 Package Nasoya Cubed Tofu
  • 1/4 cup Rice Flour
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 cup Rice Milk
  • 1 ea. Avocado
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 ea. Lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups Basil
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts
  • 1 - 2 cups Kale
  • 1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 ea. Onion
  • Cracked Red Pepper
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 - 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 box Farfalle
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Please note: This is a vegan recipe. The parmesan is simulated through the nutritional yeast.

Garlic 'Parmesan' Crusted Tofu:

  • Line a cookie sheet with either wax paper or lightly grease. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine 1/4 cup of rice flour, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast and  1 teaspoon of garlic powder. Set aside in a bowl.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of rice milk into a bowl, set aside.
  • Cube Nasoya Tofu block. Then dip each cube in the rice milk and then into the powder mixture and then place onto the cookie sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Set aside.


  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 whole lemon, juiced
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil 

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Start with a smaller amount of olive oil and add up to 3/4 of a cup for the desired consistency. 


  • Using 1 - 2 tablespoons of olive oil, sauté 1-2 cups of kale, 1/2 cup of halved cherry tomatoes, 1 chopped onion, 2-4 cloves of garlic (sliced), season with cracked red pepper and salt. (If you like spicy, I highly recommend adding extra cracked red pepper!)
  • Complete & Serve:
  • Combine cooked Farfalle (1 box) with the pesto & vegetables and mix well. Salt if needed. Then add the baked tofu. Serve immediately or place in a casserole dish to store and serve later!

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