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Herbed Pasta Bake

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This recipe is full of plant protein sources and is a great alternative to your typical meat sauce. The blended cashews make it extra creamy!

To lower the potassium amount, replace 1/2 of the tomato sauce with blended roasted red peppers.

Diets: early stages of CKD, diabetes

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This recipe was developed by a CKD patient Chef Duane Sunwold.

 ½ cup unsalted cashews
 8 oz uncooked pasta
 8 oz firm tofu
 1 tsp garlic powder
 ½ tsp onion powder
 4 tsp dried basil
 1 tsp dried thyme
 1 tsp dried oregano
 2 cups tomato sauceno salt added
1

Fill saucepan with water and simmer cashews on medium heat for 15 minutes.

2

Let cool and drain.

3

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and cool in cold water.

4

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

5

Add cooled cashews to a food processor and finely chop.

6

Add tofu and spices. Process until smooth.

7

Pour cooked pasta into a baking dish and spread tofu mixture over the top.

8

Pour tomato sauce over the top of the tofu mixture.

9

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Note: This recipe is suitable for many people with chronic kidney disease. However, your type of treatment and other health concerns may make it unsuitable for your particular diet. Check with your doctor to make sure it’s OK for you.

Ingredients

 ½ cup unsalted cashews
 8 oz uncooked pasta
 8 oz firm tofu
 1 tsp garlic powder
 ½ tsp onion powder
 4 tsp dried basil
 1 tsp dried thyme
 1 tsp dried oregano
 2 cups tomato sauceno salt added

Directions

1

Fill saucepan with water and simmer cashews on medium heat for 15 minutes.

2

Let cool and drain.

3

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and cool in cold water.

4

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

5

Add cooled cashews to a food processor and finely chop.

6

Add tofu and spices. Process until smooth.

7

Pour cooked pasta into a baking dish and spread tofu mixture over the top.

8

Pour tomato sauce over the top of the tofu mixture.

9

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Herbed Pasta Bake