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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lentil pasta - Day 76

Our fist vegan meal was a hit. We still have meat in our house so I am using it, but once it is gone it will be replaced with a vegetable substitute. Last night I used Polish sausage and it will be replaced with veggi-sausage. It will taste the same. Even Daniel LOVED it!  Here is the recipe:


Lentil pasta
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup dry lentils
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces vegan sausage, cut into 1/4 inch slices (optional)
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  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 (12 ounce) package rotini pasta (I used elbow)
Directions
  1. Bring the vegetable broth, lentils, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and bay leaf to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Add additional broth if needed to keep the lentils moist. Discard the bay leaf once done.
  2. As the lentils simmer, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion, thyme, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and pepper. Cook and stir for 1 minute, then add the sausage. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the onion has softened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the kale and rotini pasta. Cook until the rotini is al dente, about 8 minutes. Remove some of the cooking water, and set aside. Drain the pasta, then return to the pot, and stir in the lentils, and onion mixture. Use the reserved cooking liquid to adjust the moistness of the dish to your liking. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast to serve.

1 comment:

Michelle Church said...

We made this today. David and I really enjoyed it. The boys had to be coaxed into eating it, but that's like everything. (: I had some mild ground sausage that we used.