These buffalo tofu bites are crispy, tasty and full of flavour. Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes this mac-n-cheese extra rich and delicious. Both paired with tender-crisp green beans, tonight's 30-minute dinner is a total game changer!
Cheddar Cheese, shredded(ContainsMilk/Lait)
Salt and Pepper*
Preheat the broiler to high (to broil the tofu). Trade the spicy Buffalo sauce for your favourite BBQ sauce, if you don't like hot sauce!
Wash and dry all produce.* In a large pot, add 12 cups water and 2 tsp salt. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. (NOTE: Use the same size pot, water and salt amount for 4 ppl.) Meanwhile, cut the stems off the green beans, if needed. Finely chop the chives. Pat the tofu dry with paper towels, then cut into 3/4-inch cubes.
Add the cavatappi to the large pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the noodles are tender, 8-10 min. Meanwhile, on a baking sheet, toss the tofu with 1 tbsp oil (dbl for 4 ppl). Season with salt and pepper. Broil in the middle of the oven, stirring halfway through cooking, until golden-brown, 9-10 min. Transfer the tofu to a medium bowl and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add 1 tbsp oil (dbl for 4 ppl), then the green beans. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender-crisp, 4-5 min. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
When the cavatappi is done, reserve 1/4 cup pasta water (dbl for 4 ppl) and drain. Return the cavatappi to the same pot. Off the heat, add the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, half the chives, reserved pasta water and 1 1/2 tbsp butter (dbl for 4 ppl). Stir together, until a thick and creamy sauce forms, 2-3 min. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a microwavable bowl or in a small pan over low heat, melt 1/2 tbsp butter (dbl for 4 ppl). Remove the pan from heat and whisk in the hot sauce. Pour the Buffalo sauce over the crispy tofu in the medium bowl. Stir to coat the tofu.
Divide the mac-n-cheese and green beans between plates. Sprinkle over the remaining chives and top with the crispy tofu Buffalo bites. Scrape any remaining sauce from the medium bowl over the tofu bites.