16 ounces colored rotini pasta
1 (16 ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers
9 ounces low-fat, firm silken tofu (Dan's note: just use regular silken tofu.)
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups vegetable broth
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (Dan's note: not sure what exactly is in an "italian season" mix. I used thyme and oregano.)
1/2 onion, chopped
10 spears asparagus, sliced diagonally
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon hot chile paste (optional)
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1. In a large pot with boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Drain well.
2. Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor puree roasted red and yellow peppers, tofu, tomato paste, vegetable broth, balsamic vinegar, and Italian seasoning. Set aside.
3. Coat a medium saute pan with cooking spray. Cook onion, garlic, and asparagus over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add water if necessary to prevent sticking. Stir in mushrooms; cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender and soft. Stir in tofu sauce, tomatoes, black pepper. Add hot chili paste, if desired. Reduce heat to low, and heat through.
4. Toss pasta with sauce, and serve with Parmesan cheese.
Dan's note: This author is all about low fat, which I suspect is why he/she put in tofu. I bet it'd be great with cream. But it's interesting to note that it does work with tofu too. Oh yeah, and oh my god, use a bunch of olive oil, don't "coat a pan with cooking spray." For crying out loud.