Lentil Bolognese

As someone who likes to create different recipes, I’ve been trying to incorporate new foods into my diet. This helps me get creative, and figure out how to make recipes with these new ingredients. The food i’ve been adding into a ton of my meals lately is lentils. So, here’s a new recipe featuring lentils!

This week has been absolutely freezing. It has been roughly 10 degrees out, and yesterday in NYC the “cyclone bomb” snow storm came through. Comfort food was a necessity. I wanted to create a “meat-sauce” type of recipe with lentils – I figured out the actual name for this type of sauce is a “bolognese” (I really do learn something new everyday).

I think this recipe is going to become a key part of my comfort food routine. I’ve been trying to eat less meat, so this recipe gives me the protein and fills me up just like a meat based sauce would.

IMG_3855.JPG

(Don’t mind the awful lighting of my sister’s apartment!)

I added sweet potatoes to my bolognese sauce just because I had extra, and you can never eat to many sweet potatoes – right?

This meal is SO delicious and makes you feel all warm and cozy while you’re stranded inside because of snow 😉

The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 box of pasta of your choice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced (or 1 tbsp ground garlic)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce/puree
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 sweet potato (optional!)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce (optional if you like some spice!)

Steps

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in pot/pan. Add onion and garlic – saute until onion is translucent.
  2. Add diced tomatoes and tomato puree – stir and heat until it begins to boil.
  3. Add Italian seasoning, paprika, hot sauce (and any more flavors you may want!)
  4. Add lentils & sweet potato. Cover and stir every few minutes so lentils don’t stick to pan. The lentils will take up a lot, but not all of the sauce. Let cook for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, boil water & cook pasta.
  5. Serve lentil sauce over pasta and top with cheese, hot sauce or anything you love! Enjoy 🙂

I love comfort food season. I will enjoy this meal a few more times this winter (I have a feeling it is going to be a looooooooong winter in New York). I hope you enjoy!

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s