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Blogging Marathon# 45: Week 3/ Day 2 Theme: Kid's Delight -- Nuts & Legumes for Kid's Lunchbox Dish: Lentil Bolognese My kids love Pasta and I feel they would rather prefer me packing pasta in their lunchbox than rice. So I'm always in the look out for new pasta dishes that they would like. My son likes tomato based sauces and I usually keep good quality store bought tomato sauce in hand for quick meals. As I was looking for recipes with legumes I found this lentil bolognese recipe and I was surprised that I never thought of making this...


Servings

34 serving

Total time

50 minutes

Cuisines

Italian


Ingredients

  • 1 cup Lentils/ Green Lentils (Brown (Whole Masoor Lentils))
  • 8 oz pasta (- . (any small cut pasta or even spaghetti will work great here))
  • 1 onion (- small, finely chopped)
  • 1 carrot (- small, peeled and diced)
  • - 3 cloves Garlic (, minced)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cups tomato (puree)
  • 1 tsp oregano (Dry)
  • 1 tsp sugar (- (optional))
  • 3 tbsps basil (Fresh leaves - chopped)
  • to taste Salt Pepper (&)


Method

  1. Soak the lentils for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a pan, add onions, carrots and minced garlic. Cook on medium flame till the veggies are tender, about 8~10 minutes.
  3. Add tomato paste and tomato puree, cook for 8~10 minutes.
  4. Add oregano and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Next add the drained lentils along with 3 cups of water, bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat, cover and simmer till the lentils are tender. Add more water if the mixture starts to dry out.
  6. Lentils can be precooked and then added to the tomato mixture -- this will make the dish get done faster.
  7. While the lentils are simmering, cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  8. Once the lentils are tender and the sauce thickened, it is ready to serve.
  9. Drain the cooked pasta and add to the lentil mixture. Serve as is or with a sprinkle of cheese on top.

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