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Enlightened Rigatoni Bolognese
8 Servings

1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 (6 oz. pkg.) hickory smoked tofu, sliced on an angle
1 (12 oz. pkg.) ground beef alternative
1 (25 oz. jar Basil Tomato Sauce
1 (14 1/2 oz. can) Italian stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup Merlot (red wine)
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 (12 oz. pkg.) rigatoni pasta

Heat oil and crushed pepper, over medium high heat in a 4 quart saucepan, 1 minute. Add garlic, scallions, bell pepper, and sliced, baked tofu. Cook 3 minutes and add ground beef alternative. Cook mixture 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, wine, and seasonings. Reduce heat and simmer, with the lid slightly ajar, 10 minutes. Cook pasts according to package directions. Drain and toss with 2 cups of the sauce, reserving the rest for topping individual portions.

Enlightened Rigatoni Bolognese
Nutrition Analysis per 2 cup serving
Protein 14g, Carb 46g, Fiber 5g, Fat 3g, Chol 0.0mg, Calcium 51mg. Sodium 552 mg.
Calories 271
Calories from protein: 21%, Calories from Carb: 69%, Calories from Fat: 10%

Traditional Rigatoni Bolognese
Nutrition Analysis per 2 cups serving
Protein 21g, Carb 42g, Fiber 4g, Fat 32g, Chol 70mg, Calcium 43mg, Sodium 713 mg.
Calories 554 Calories from Protein:15% Calories from Carbohydrates: 31%, Calories from Fat 54%