Quick & Easy Pancetta, Parmesan, & Pepper Pasta

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta in skillet. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Raise your hand if pasta is the go-to dinner for the kids in your house?  I hear ya, Mama!  Well, there are times to push beyond pasta.  And there are other times to just embrace it and go all out PASTA!!  Today, I am going all out with this 30-Minute Quick & Easy Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta, which is creamy, peppery, and absolutely delicious. 

The Pancetta is diced to give a salty and slightly peppery flavor and meatiness in every bite.  The Parmesan cheese creates this nutty, salty, and creamy sauce coating every piece of pasta.  And last, but not least, the ground black pepper gives that peppery flavor that really makes this pasta stand out. 

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta on plate with fork holding bite. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Pancetta Comes to the Cacio e Pepe Party

Dave and I went to Italy last summer to celebrate our 10 year Anniversary.  In Rome I had the most amazing, mouth watering Cacio e Pepe, which is Cheese and Pepper Pasta.  This recipe is my variation on that traditional dish.  First, I’m adding Pancetta, which is the Italian version of bacon.  It’s pork belly that is sliced and cured, but not smoked, rolled with salt and pepper. 

Second, I am using Gluten Free Pasta.  You can of course use your favorite pasta for this recipe, but I do recommend a long pasta shape, such as Angel Hair, Spaghetti, or fettuccine to really combine with the parmesan to get creamy and delicious.

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta on plate with fork. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR PANCETTA, PARMESAN, & PEPPER PASTA

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

This is one of those dishes that tastes so incredible that you think it MUST take all day.  But it seriously takes only 3 steps and less than 30 minutes to pull together from scratch!  

The 3 steps are (1) Cook the Pancetta, garlic, and lemon juice in a skillet (2) add the Pasta (3) mix in the parmesan, pepper, and pasta water.  That’s it!

The only things you can do in advance is to dice the Pancetta and mince the garlic. This should only take a few minutes, so you can do it 3-4 days in advance or right before cooking.

Diced Pancetta for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

 

COOK YOUR PANCETTA, PARMESAN, & PEPPER PASTA 

For this recipe, you need a large frying pan or skillet.  I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  

While the pasta is cooking…Preheat a large skillet on high. Add the diced Pancetta. You shouldn’t need any oil in the pan as the pancetta has a lot of fat that will render. Stir the meat around with a spatula to prevent it from sticking. Cook about 4-5 minutes until the fat is rendered and the Pancetta pieces are just starting to crisp.

Diced Pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Turn the heat down to low and add the minced garlic and lemon juice. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Then turn off the heat.Diced Pancetta cooked in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Diced Pancetta cooked in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Hand squeezing half a lemon over cooked diced Pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesanScoop the pasta out of the water and add it to the skillet, saving the pasta cooking water. It’s ok of you get some water in the skillet with the pasta. Drizzle the pasta with a tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then mix the pasta with the pancetta, garlic, and lemon juice.Pasta added to cooked pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Measure out a cup of the pasta water and let the pasta and the water cool to warm, not steaming hot, about 10 minutes. You do NOT want the cheese to melt into clumps when you add it! After 10 minutes, add the parmesan cheese and ground pepper to the pasta and immediately combine the parm and pasta using tongs or a couple large forks. You want the parmesan cheese to coat all of the pasta.

Pasta with Parmesan cheese and ground pepper on top in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Pasta mixed with parmesan, pepper, and pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Last, drizzle in the water a little at a time, each time mixing until the parmesan starts to get creamy. If it starts to clump, the water is still too hot and you need wait until it cools a bit more. Continue this until you have added all of the measured out pasta water. You can always add a bit more if needed.

Drizzling water over pasta mixed with parmesan, pepper, and pancetta in skillet.  Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta is so easy. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Tongs mixing Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta in a skillet. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta in skillet. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan 

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta on plate with fork and skillet in back. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta on plate with fork. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan
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Pancetta, Parmesan, & Pepper Pasta

This Easy one-pan meal, Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta is creamy, pepper, and absolutely delicious.  The Pancetta is diced to give a salty and slightly peppery flavor and meatiness in every bite.  The Parmesan cheese creates this nutty, salty, and creamy sauce coating every piece of pasta.  And last, but not least, the ground black pepper gives that peppery flavor that really makes this pasta stand out.  #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan 

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy dinner, family dinner, parmesan, pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 4 oz Pancetta
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 10 oz Spaghetti pasta, Gluten Free or Regular
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt

Sauce

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 cup pasta cooking water
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. The only things you can do in advance is to dice the Pancetta and mince the garlic.  This should only take a few minutes, so you can do it 3-4 days in advance or right before cooking.

    Diced Pancetta for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Cook

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and then add a tbsp of olive oil and a tsp of salt.  Add the spaghetti and stir while cooking for a minute so the pasta doesn't stick.  Bring back to a boil and cook for 7-10 minutes until it reaches desired consistency.

  2. While the pasta is cooking...Preheat a large skillet on high.  Add the diced Pancetta.  You shouldn't need any oil in the pan as the pancetta has a lot of fat that will render.  Stir the meat around with a spatula to prevent it from sticking.  Cook about 4-5 minutes until the fat is rendered and the Pancetta pieces are just starting to crisp.

    Diced Pancetta cooked in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan
  3. Turn the heat down to low and add the minced garlic and juice from half a lemon.  Stir and cook for 2 minutes.  Then turn off the heat.

    Hand squeezing half a lemon over cooked diced Pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan
  4. Scoop the pasta out of the water and add it to the skillet, saving the pasta cooking water.  It's ok of you get some water in the skillet with the pasta.  Drizzle the pasta with a tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then mix the pasta with the pancetta, garlic, and lemon juice. 

    Pasta added to cooked pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan
  5. Measure out a cup of the pasta water and let the pasta and the water cool to warm, not steaming hot, about 10 minutes.  You do NOT want the cheese to melt into clumps when you add it!  After 10 minutes, add the parmesan cheese and ground pepper to the pasta and immediately combine the parm and pasta using tongs or a couple large forks.  You want the parmesan cheese to coat all of the pasta.

    Pasta mixed with parmesan, pepper, and pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan
  6. Last, drizzle in the water a little at a time, each time mixing until the parmesan starts to get creamy.  If it starts to clump, the water is still too hot and you need wait until it cools a bit more.  Continue this until you have added all of the measured out pasta water.  You can always add a bit more if needed.  That's it!  Serve and Enjoy!

    Tongs mixing Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta in a skillet. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

 

 

Spiced & Roasted Tofu Croutons

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
Roasted Tofu Croutons on spinach salad in bowl with croutons on pan in background.  These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Spiced & Roasted Tofu Croutons are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty, smoky seasoned crust and a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein! 

Tofu bites were an absolute favorite for my girls when they were little.  They are the perfect little soft bites for toddlers and kids!

 

 

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Roasted Tofu Croutons: Awesome Alternative to Bread!

These are wonderful alternatives to bread croutons, as they are low carb, gluten free and packed with health benefits.  Tofu is low in calories and is an excellent source of iron and calcium.  It is a complete protein as well, meaning that it includes all essential amino acids.  To learn more about all of the health benefits of tofu, check out this article from MedicalNewsToday.com.

Want more Tofu?  Try this AMAZING Ginger Teriyaki Tofu Noodles recipe.

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR ROASTED TOFU CROUTONS COOKING KIT

You are busy during the week, so these are the steps that you can do in advance so dinner is prepped and you just need to cook it!

There are really only 3 simple steps to this recipe: 1) Prep the Tofu 2) Make the Spice Mixture, then 3) Spice up the Tofu and Cook it! 

Steps 1 & 2 can be done ahead.  Actually, the tofu can be cooked ahead and reheated too! 

Open the tofu package and drain out the water. Then place on a cutting board and start to slice it into bite-size rectangle or square pieces. I do this by first making 5 slices across the length of the tofu block.  Then slice them all in half, so you have 10 tofu ‘sticks’.  Finally, slice each stick into bite-size pieces. I usually slice across this last time 5-6 times, yielding 50-60 pieces.

Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu into pieces for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Place all pieces in a single layer on paper towel in a large casserole dish. Then cover with more paper towel and pat to soak up the moisture. Let the tofu pieces sit on the paper towel for at least 1 hour to soak up the moisture. If you are able to, change out the paper towel and let soak on new paper towel for another hour.

Extra Firm Tofu pieces on paper towel for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Hand pressing on paper towel over tofu pieces for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Make the spice mixture by adding all seasonings/spices to a small mixing bowl. For this recipe, I love to use paprika (I love hot hungarian vs. smoked), ground coriander, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, and salt.  You can certainly use your favorite seasonings.  Then mix to combine.

Spices in bowl for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

COOK YOUR ROASTED TOFU CROUTONS

Spray or brush olive oil on the pan.  I love to use the Sonica Organics Oil Sprayer for coating pans with olive oil  because a little goes a long way and it’s non-aerosol (no toxins or propellants) and is so easy to pump, then spray.

Hand spraying pan with olive oil for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Then add the tofu and spray the top with olive oil or drizzle oil over top and toss with fingers to coat.

Sprinkle the spice mixture over top and then toss to coat. Sprinkle more as needed until all sides are spiced.

Hand spraying tofu pieces with olive oil for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Seasoned tofu pieces on pan for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Then remove and flip each piece over and roast for another 10 minutes.

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

That’s it! Serve over salad, pasta, rice, soup, or just snack on alone!

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Roasted Tofu Croutons on spinach salad in bowl. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
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Spiced & Roasted Tofu Croutons

Roasted Tofu Croutons are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein! 
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword meat alternative, salad, tofu, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 14 oz Organic Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Paprika I used Hot Hungarian
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander

Instructions

Prepare Tofu

  1. Open the tofu package and drain out the water.  Then place on a cutting board and start to slice it into bite-size rectangle or square pieces.  I do this by first making 5 slices across the length of the tofu block.

    Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  2. Next, turn the slices on their side so you can slice them all in half, so you have 10 tofu 'sticks'.

    Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  3. Finally, slice each stick into bite-size pieces.  I usually slice across this last time 5-6 times, yielding 50-60 pieces.

    Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu into pieces for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  4. Place all pieces in a single layer on paper towel in a large casserole dish.  Then cover with more paper towel and pat to soak up the moisture.  Let the tofu pieces sit on the paper towel for at least 1 hour to soak up the moisture.  If you are able to, change out the paper towel and let soak on new paper towel for another hour.

    Hand pressing on paper towel over tofu pieces for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Spice the Tofu Croutons

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.

  2. Make the spice mixture by adding all seasonings/spices to a small mixing bowl.  Then mix to combine.

    Spices in bowl for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  3. Spray or brush olive oil on the pan.  Then add the tofu and spray the top with olive oil or drizzle oil over top and toss with fingers to coat.   

    Hand spraying tofu pieces with olive oil for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  4. Sprinkle the spice mixture over top and then toss to coat.  Sprinkle more as needed until all sides are spiced.

    Seasoned tofu pieces on pan for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  5. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.  Then remove and flip each piece over and roast for another 10 minutes.

    Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  6. That's it!  Serve over salad, pasta, rice, soup, or just snack on alone!

Recipe Notes

Note, this Spice recipe likely makes more than you need, so save it for seasoning chicken or steak or hamburgers or mac n cheese or veggies!

The serving size is based on approximately 8-10 pieces per person.