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Spaghetti with Lentil Marinara
with mixed greens salad

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
We add lentils to this classic marinara sauce for some extra texture, flavor and protein. Enjoy it with a mixed green salad for a simple but tasty meal! If you've got time over the weekend, make the sauce ahead of time so it can develop even more flavor.
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Ingredients

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4
Spaghetti with Lentil Marinara:
  • Garlic - 3 cloves , minced
  • Onions - 1 , diced
  • Bell pepper, green - 1 , diced
  • Thyme, fresh leaves - 1 tsp
  • Lentils, cooked (canned or vacuum-packed) - 2 cups
  • Spaghetti - 10 to 12 oz
  • Oil, cooking - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Ketchup - 2 Tbsp
  • Crushed tomatoes (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1 can
  • Basil, dried - 1 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1 tsp
  • Cheese, parmesan - for serving
Mixed Greens Salad:
  • Bell pepper, red - 1 , sliced
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Maple syrup - 1 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Mixed greens - 5 oz

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Prep

  1. Garlic / Onions / Bell peppers (for marinara and salad) / Thyme - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. Lentils - Rinse and drain, removing as much liquid as possible. Run a knife through lentils a few times to ‘ground’ them up.

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Make

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then garlic, onions, and green peppers to heated oil with a sprinkle of salt. Saute until softened, ~3 minutes.
  3. Add tomato paste and ketchup and saute for another 2 minutes.
  4. Fold in lentils, thyme, crushed tomatoes, basil, and oregano. Stir and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. While marinara cooks, make vinaigrette for salad by whisking together vinegar, mustard, syrup, and oil.
  6. Toss vinaigrette with red peppers and greens.
  7. Taste and season lentil-marinara sauce with more salt, pepper, spices, or tomato paste. Divide pasta onto plates and cover in sauce. Finish with parmesan. Enjoy with salad on the side.

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