Red lentil sauce pasta is one of my favorite meals to eat and make. It is such a simple and delicious dish. When I first saw a recipe for a red lentil sauce pasta I was intrigued and excited to try the recipe but it didn’t turn out so well the first time…it lacked flavor. I don’t recall how I originally made it but I have altered it and transformed it into a dish I enjoy. There are different modifications in recipes so you might have to play with it until it sparks your taste buds but I will share with you my recipe.
Dogs are great companions…they don’t talk, just listen 🙂 But now you are probably wondering how this relates…well it doesn’t completely but while I sat with Fenway (the dog) enjoying this dish I started to think about how much of my time is spent with people either communicating via phone or e-mail or just giving my time to the people I love (which I love!) but when do I just have me time? Sometimes in this crazy world we forget about taking care of ourselves and taking time alone. At least this is something I lose a lot when my life gets chaotic (which is constant!). But the moments where all is calm and I am alone (or with the neighbor’s dog) with my own thoughts is when I appreciate life…or at least this is when I have time to actually ponder life.
Luckily, it only took a tasty meal to remember all the great things in my life…this pasta included 🙂
Red Lentil Sauce:
- 1 c. red lentils (bulk at Whole Foods or other Natural Grocery)
- 1 can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
- 2 c. water or broth (I usually use chicken broth or a combination)
- 1/2 large onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced or chopped finely
- basil, fresh or dried (1 t)
Abbreviations: c = cup; t = teaspoon
The Especially Simple Instructions:
1. Start by chopping onion. Then cook onion in a saucepan with olive oil (pan needs to be large enough to hold all ingredients) until tender.
2. Place the rest of the ingredients into the pan. Bring to a boil, then cover and let simmer until lentils are tender (about 20 minutes).
Red Lentil Sauce is great over pasta. I usually choose whole wheat penne pasta but anything will work. Gluten-free pasta can be substituted here as well. Though I haven’t tried it, I bet this would be good over rice too. If you have any veggies (mushrooms, fresh tomatos, artichokes) or greens (spinach, arugula, etc.) on hand they make a great addition to the meal. I usually toss fresh spinach into the warm pasta.
I hope everyone will take time to themselves this week…whether it be a bath, enjoying a glass of wine, making a meal for yourself, rocking out to your favorite song or driving to work in silence (no music or phone calls!) so you have time to think.
Music For Your Ears:
~Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Home is wherever I’m with you