World Vegan Month Recipe 3: Garlic Spaghetti and Tofu Bites

As part of my World Vegan Month series of recipes, here is another big favourite, with tofu again. A simple recipe for busy days, it is ready in no time and real comfort food too, for those cold winter evenings. You could serve it with some roasted vegetables or salad – our neighbour Ingrid has been supplying us with autumn endive salad from her garden. πŸ™‚

Garlic Spaghetti and Tofu Bites


For 2 people:

  • Spaghetti
  • 5 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 small onion/shallot, finely chopped
  • 4 or 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 200g (7 oz) firm tofu, cut into small cubes
  • 2 tsps cornflour
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • plenty of freshly ground black pepper

Cook your spaghetti. While it is cooking, warm the olive oil in a small frying pan. Gently saute the onion/shallot until soft and then add the garlic, turning the heat off so the garlic barely browns.

Mix the flour, herbs and seasoning and toss the tofu cubes in it, making sure they are completely coated. In a separate pan warm a little olive or sunflower oil and fry the tofu cubes until crispy and golden. Be careful not to get the oil too hot, and keep turning them with a spatula.


Coat the cooked and drained spaghetti with the garlic oil and then sprinkle the tofu cubes on top. I sprinkled on some flowery herbs for decoration too. πŸ™‚



(I’m posting my parmesan alternative next week, which goes well on top of this pasta. πŸ˜‰ )

34 thoughts on “World Vegan Month Recipe 3: Garlic Spaghetti and Tofu Bites

    • Leave out the tofu? We sometimes do have just the spaghetti and garlic oil, but I’m always trying to add food value without calories to our meals. πŸ™‚

  1. Yum – loving the garlic in this recipe! πŸ™‚ Cathy, do you know if corn flour is the same as what we call cornstarch here? I’m thinking it’s not cornmeal, which is a much coarser texture. But cornstarch is mostly used as a thickener, so I’m not sure if it’s the same thing exactly. Is corn flour finely ground dried corn?

  2. I love tofu prepared this way! And the recipe as a whole is really comfort food to me! I’m not vegan, but I find I’m always really attracted to the fresh ingredients. I look forward to making this, Cathy.

  3. The Italian classic would be aglio olio e peperoncino (garlic, oil and chilli), it would of course have parmigiano too, but you could miss that out if you were vegan. I love these very simple pasta dishes, they are what Italian food is all about.

    • We are trying to cut right back on cheese, especially parmesan which is not even vegetarian. It does go well, but I make a nice and tasty alternative too! πŸ˜‰ (Posting soon!)

  4. Sounds just delicious – will try it soon! Can you get smoked tofu in Germany, Cathy? I can’t get it here, but used to buy it in the UK and I imagine it would be just lovely in your recipe – or perhaps a marinated tofu? Looking at Donna and Christina’s comments above: my husband has experimented with a lovely basic pasta recipe involving simply anchovies and toasted breadcrumbs – it was amazing! Isn’t pasta great if you find just the right addition, in the right quantity? (And aren’t Italians clever in the kitchen?)

    • Hi Cathy. Yes, we like smoked tofu occasionally too! Might try it in this dish soon. My topping that I will post soon also involves toasted breadcrumbs (and walnuts) and is a great alternative to parmesan. We eat a lot of pasta as mediterranean cooking is what we both like best. In fact just the garlic oil and pasta tastes good with a bit of black pepper on top! πŸ™‚

  5. I love simple pasta dishes. We often have it with just garlic, chillies, coriander and lots of olive oil. Sometimes we add anchovies, but I think I’ d give the tofu a miss.

    • As a vegetarian I would not eat anchovies, but can highly recommend the tofu! Maybe you’ll try it one day and be surprised! πŸ˜‰ I think a lot of people have had bad tofu experiences, mostly with Asian food.

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