Easy Peanut Broccoli Pasta with (Optional) Tofu

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This recipe is super easy and CHEAP to make.  While the tofu is optional, it does help to add protein to the meal and also thicken the sauce a bit.  You can use any shape of pasta that you like.

2 cups pasta (preferably whole wheat)
1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup silken tofu (pureed in a blender or food processor)
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
3 cups broccoli florets
1 red pepper, finely chopped

Cook pasta per package directions until al dente.  Drain, reserving 6 Tbsp of the cooking water.  While pasta is cooking,  steam broccoli in the microwave.  (Put it in a bowl with 2 Tbsp water, cover, and microwave 3-4 minutes on high.)  In a large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, tofu, reserved cooking water, crushed red pepper.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Add pasta, broccoli coarsely chopped, and the bell pepper.  Toss well and serve warm.

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