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Hearty Vegetable Pasta

Winter veggies shine in this hearty and kid-friendly dish.
Hearty Vegetable Pasta

Recipe Source: Cooking Matters


  • 1 (16-ounce) package whole grain penne pasta
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 pound carrots, or combination of carrots and winter squash
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 (26-ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 1 (10-ounce) package firm tofu
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of ground nutmeg


  1. Cook pasta using package directions. Prepare sauce while pasta cooks.
  2. Peel and rinse onion. Dice onion into ¼-inch pieces.
  3. Rinse, peel, and grate carrots. (If using winter squash, adults should rinse and peel before passing off to children to grate.)
  4. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, heat oil. Add onions and cook 5 minutes. Add grated carrots and cook 5 minutes more.
  5. Add marinara sauce to vegetables. Drain tofu. Crumble into sauce. Mix well.
  6. Raise heat to medium. Cook until sauce begins to simmer, about 7 minutes.
  7. Pour in milk. Stir to combine.
  8. Pour sauce over cooked, drained pasta. Just before serving, add salt and nutmeg. Stir.
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Total Fat4.5 g
Saturated Fat0.5 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium250 mg
Total Carbohydrate29 g
Dietary Fiber3 g
Total Sugars4 g
Added Sugars included0 g
Protein8 g
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