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Penne with Braised Squash & Greens

Fall 2004, The EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook (2006)

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This chunky sauce is laced with chard and accented with smoked tofu. Convenient packages of peeled and diced butternut squash are available in most supermarkets in the fall and winter.



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"Love this recipe! Except, instead of braised squash I add spinach. "
Penne with Braised Squash & Greens Recipe

Makes: 4 servings, 1 3/4 cups each

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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces cubed smoked tofu
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (3 cups)
  • 1 small bunch Swiss chard, stems removed, leaves cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne, rigatoni or fusilli
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preparation

  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil for cooking pasta.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tofu and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add onion to the pan; cook, stirring often, until softened and golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Return the tofu to the pan and add broth and squash; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add chard and stir to immerse. Cover and cook until the squash and chard are tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and return to the pot. Add the squash mixture, Parmesan, salt and pepper; toss to coat.

Nutrition

Per serving: 386 calories; 5 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 18 mg cholesterol; 63 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 9 g fiber; 660 mg sodium; 755 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (340% daily value), Vitamin C (80% dv), Calcium (25% dv), Potassium (22% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 4

Exchanges: 4 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat


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Recipe Categories

Total Time
45 minutes or less
Servings
4
Preparation/ Technique
Braise/Stew
Saute
Meal/Course
Dinner

Season
Fall
Winter
Ethnic/Regional
Italian
Mediterranean
Ease of Preparation
Moderate

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