Crispy Tofu Pesto Pasta

Crispy Tofu Pesto Pasta

Aug 08, 2023 · Chef Julian
Aug 08, 2023Chef Julian

Crispy Tofu Pesto Pasta


Elevate your pasta game with the delectable flavors of Crispy Tofu Pesto Pasta. This vegan dish combines perfectly crispy tofu, al dente pasta, and a rich and aromatic homemade pesto sauce. Each bite offers a harmonious blend of textures and flavors, creating a truly satisfying and wholesome meal. Whether you follow a vegan lifestyle or simply enjoy exploring new culinary horizons, our Crispy Tofu Pesto Pasta is sure to impress your taste buds and leave you longing for more.

Essential Sports Nutrition Ingredients: 

  • 12 oz. (350g) extra firm tofu
  • 1 large zucchini 
  • 6 oz. (170g) dried pasta of choice
  • salt and pepper 


  • 2 oz. (60g) grams fresh basil (1 large bunch)
  • ¼ cup (25g) roasted pine nuts 
  • 3 tsp. nutritional yeast
  • ½ lemon juiced 
  • ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil
  • ¼ jalapeño pepper (omit if not wanting it spicy)
  • salt & pepper

Essential Sports Nutrition What you need to do: 

  • Place a large saucepan of water on the stove and bring to the boil. Take the tofu, wrap it in a cloth and place a few heavy books on top, or use a tofu press to release any excess moisture. 
  • While the tofu is pressing, place the basil, roasted pine nuts, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, ¼ jalapeño pepper (optional) and olive oil into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the pasta into boiling water and cook as per instructions on the side of the packaging.
  • Chop the tofu and zucchini into cubes. Place a large frying pan on the stove over a medium/high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and add in the tofu and zucchini. Crisp each side of the tofu and zucchini for 2-4 minutes each side until golden brown. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. 
  • To assemble, drain the pasta, put into a large pasta bowl and toss with the pesto sauce. Place the crispy tofu and zucchini on top of the pasta and serve with fresh basil and vegan parmesan if desired. 








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Indulge in the enticing flavors of Crispy Tofu Pesto Pasta, a mouthwatering vegan dish that features crispy tofu, al dente pasta, and a luscious homemade pesto sauce. The combination of tender tofu with the aromatic and herbaceous notes of pesto creates a truly delightful culinary experience. Whether you're a seasoned vegan or looking to add more plant-based options to your menu, our Crispy Tofu Pesto Pasta is a must-try. Enjoy the perfect balance of textures and flavors in this satisfying and wholesome meal that will leave you craving seconds. Try our recipe and savor the deliciousness of Crispy Tofu Pesto Pasta.


Treat yourself to the irresistible flavors of Crispy Tofu Pesto Pasta, a vegan dish that showcases the crispy goodness of tofu alongside a homemade pesto sauce. This delightful combination of textures and flavors will satisfy your cravings and bring a new level of enjoyment to your pasta dishes. Whether you're seeking a vegan option or simply love exploring new culinary creations, Crispy Tofu Pesto Pasta is a delicious choice. Elevate your pasta game with the perfect blend of crispy tofu, al dente pasta, and flavorful pesto. Discover the recipe and delight in the harmony of tastes that await you. Experience the joy of vegan cooking with our Crispy Tofu Pesto Pasta recipe.

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Chef Julian

Chef Julian, a celebrated chef from the Northeast, is renowned for his healthy recipes, including creative smoothies and low-calorie versions of popular dishes. He trained at the Culinary Institute of Vermont and enjoys taking his family on ski trips during the winter months.