Red Lentils and Pasta

Modified from the cookbook:  Vegan Planet   ("Fettuccini with Red Lentil Sauce”)

Whole wheat pasta of your choice
One 6 oz can tomato paste
1/3 cup of cooked red lentils
1 cup of water
2 minced garlic cloves
1 medium chopped raw onion
(optional: other chopped vegetables such as carrot, red pepper, etc.)
salt & pepper to taste, added at end.
(optional - a small handful of chopped nuts added at end)

Boil the lentils until firm and quite done, drain, set aside.  (Save the hot water to cook the pasta).
Saute garlic for a few seconds in a non-stick frying pan, then combine all other ingredients. 
(If the lentils are soft and don't need more cooking, add them near the end)
Cook until the liquid is absorbed.  Add additional water if needed.

Optional:   Add fresh chopped parsley or basil before serving.  Serve over pasta.

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published this page in Less Quick Recipes 2012-01-15 22:38:00 -0500