Hearty Lentil Spaghetti
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Cook: 70 min.
I've made this twice now. My grandson loved it! We used some of the leftovers for nachos. This is in my "make again" file. Maybe I'll feel adventurous one day and try it Linda's way, with the ground cloves.
Very average sauce, was expecting something different, the acidity of the tomatoes is very intense and over powers every other flavour in the sauce, recommend using a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to take the acidity out. Very disappointed
I've been making this recipe (or close to it) since my vegetarian hippie days in the late 60s. I don't usually measure and sometimes add various spices and a bit of grated carrot in with the onion). The other things I do is: I add 1/2-1 tsp. ground cloves. There is a crazy story behind this addition. My mom didn't teach me to cook and if she ever used garlic, it was powdered. So when I saw "garlic clove," I had no idea what they meant. I knew about garlic and I knew about the cloves one uses in baking, but i had no idea what a garlic clove was. So, I just added both! Later, I discovered what a "clove of garlic" was but I liked the recipe with clove in it, lol, so I kept it. The other thing I do unless I'm in a real hurry is that I put the tomato/lentil combo (after cooking) in the blender and so that it turns into a kind of sauce. It must be cooled first. My husband prefers I only puree part of it; I prefer it all blended. Finally, I use egg noodles. The original recipe I saw called this "Lentil Sauce over Noodles."This is one of the few vegetarian recipes I've continued to use frequently through the years since going back to eating some meat. It is also my "go to" recipe for vegetarian house guests, and although admittedly, it isn't very fancy,, vegetarian friends always like it although I've had to use macaroni or other noodles fro those who don't eat eggs.BTW, I have frozen the sauce many times and it was fine. I assume the whole lentils would be fine frozen as well.
The sauce is delicious and incredibly filling. I added a few things to my portion, including capers, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. So tasty! My kids both ate their spagetti without complaint with a little parmesan cheese on top. I would definitely make this again. I also wonder how it would work if frozen.
This is delicious! I did alter it a bit by adding a small amount of fennel, sage, rosemary, garlic powder, & onion powder. These seasonings give it a sausage flavor. Even my picky eater liked it & had seconds!
Made this today. Good flavor. After you add the tomatoes only needs to cook about 25 minutes more. Otherwise it would be too dry even with the covered cook time. Also added about 1 1/2 cups pasta water to thin out slightly after combining with the pasta.
This was easy and surprisingly tasty as heck. I highly suggest this meal.
Fantastic recipe! My whole family loves it including my 6 year old son. It is one of his favorite dishes.
This is a good homecooked recipe. We eat a lot of lentils and this was a welcomed change to our typical recipes. Not something I would serve to company, but hearty and tasty on a cold January night. Kids liked it too!
I never cared for lentils until I found this recipe while searching for some meatless meals. Even my picky husband loves it! I have made it 3 times so far and definitely will make again. We serve it with whole-wheat thick spaghetti or linguini because it is a heavy sauce.