Lentils, Onions, & Pasta Sauce (Joe's Surprise)*



  • Quick, satisfying, hearty dish.  Lentils are particularly delicious and cook quicker than other beans, in about 20 mnutes. 
  • This is a staple for me, and also for my vegan sister and brother-in-law (Tsela & Ed) who call it “Joe’s Surprise.”
  • No need to measure; use quantities to suit your taste.
  • Use regular (yellow) onions, not sweet onions, because you’ll be cooking them.  It’s very important not to overcook the onions, they should still be somewhat crunchy.   “Fry” in a non-stick pan, without oil (with a little extra liquid IF needed).  Cook them on one side, without turning, until they brown or “caramelize” on one side, then they’re done.  You will almost certainly over-cook them the first few times.   Use a timer so you’ll know how long to cook them the next time: about 1 - 2 minutes.
  • Store-bought pasta sauce is never very healthy (About a third of the calories come from fat) but you may need to use it in a pinch.  If you have time, use this home-made pasta sauce:



  • Whole Wheat macaroni, cooked
  • Lentils, cooked  (boiled for about 20 – 30 minutes)
  • Chopped Onions:  Lightly sautéed
  • Pasta sauce



Cook the ingredients separately, then stir them together.  Serve hot. 


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commented 2017-06-07 02:40:34 -0400 · Flag
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