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Sunday, 2 November 2008

Cooked in Ireland!


My first recipe from Ireland! I've never had cabbage with pasta before and it was BoyfriendLovlie who actually suggested this combination. I used red cabbage but I think white will also be fine. This meal was actually quite good. Warm and hearty for the cold weather over here at the moment.

So, here we go.

Tofu and Cabbage in Tomato Sauce

Ingredients (2 servings)

½ small red cabbage (I know small is not really a good indication here, so just use how much you feel would be right in comparison with the rest of the ingredients)
250 g tofu
2-3 tablespoons soy sauce (for marinade)
1 jar (400 – 500 g) tomato based pasta sauce (of your choice, I used onion and garlic)
1 large fresh mushroom (or as many as you like!)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
Dried basic or thyme (optional)
Handful of fresh spinach leaves (optional)

  • Cut tofu into small cubes. Marinade in some soy sauce for about 5 minutes.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a deep fry pan or wok.
  • Add in tofu (drain excess soy sauce before) and fry until golden and slightly crispy.
  • Remove and set aside.
  • Pour off some of the oil and leave about 1 tablespoon in the pan.
  • Cut the cabbage into large squares (2 – 3 cm). Separate the layers.
  • Slice the fresh mushrooms.
  • Heat the remaining oil (on medium heat) in the pan/wok.
  • Add cabbage. Stir and sautee.
  • Allow to cook for 7 – 8 minutes until slightly tender. (Be careful not to allow it to become too soft at this stage).
  • Add in the mushrooms. Sautee for a few more minutes.
  • Add pre-fried tofu.
  • Pour the pasta sauce and allow to simmer for 8 – 10 minutes. Add water if required.
  • Add spinach leaves and simmer for another 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle your favourite dried herbs. I used dried basil.
  • Serve with boiled pasta or spaghetti. (Boil pasta according to packet instructions).


  1. I also never had cabbage with pasta, but the dish looks great! So bright and colourful.

  2. Wow! This looks and sounds really good.

  3. your dish looks stellar and sounds so awesome! i love cabbage so much - and mushrooms, too! i'll definitely be trying the recipe! thanks so much, Lovlie! it sounds DIVINE! :D

  4. mihl, twoveganboys and jessy: it was a nice dish. I must try white cabbage next time. And I actually cooked more than enough and had it the following day as well.

  5. Great combination ...looks yum :-)

  6. I love cabbage and pasta but I normally use white or green. This looks yummy too!

  7. Hmmm seems delicious...I will surely try this dear

  8. Wow! This looks so delicious!

    Also, I love your site banner. Really cute! :)

  9. usha: thanks! I hope you'll like it if you try it!
    dj: I actually had never had white cabbage with pasta before! I will try that next time!
    dhaneesha: thanks for coming by and I hope you'll like this dish!
    jess: it was indeed delicious! And thanks about the banner. :)


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