Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins
This is a very filling vegetarian dish with a delightful variety of colors, textures and flavors. It is from "The One-Dish Vegetarian" cookbook. I prepared it for my husband and his cousin (who is a nutritionist) and they both liked it.
- 1 cup lentils
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 2 -3 celery leaves, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 large onions, finely chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- black pepper
- 1 lb whole wheat pasta shells
- 1⁄2 cup fresh parsley, finely minced
- Cook lentils, carrot, and celery leaves in 1 quart water for 15-20 minutes or until lentils are almost tender. Drain the lentils, and reserve the cooking water.
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large skillet. Add onions and thyme, and sautee for 10-12 minutes.
- Add the lentils to the skillet along with 1 cup of the reserved broth. Squeeze excess moisture from the spinach before adding to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer over low heat while pasta cooks.
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and toss with lentil sauce. Add more lentil broth if too dry. Add parsley and serve with grated Parmesan (or nutritional yeast) if desired.
well, technically uses two dishes, not one, but i'm not complaining--very good, and good for you. definitely "tastes healthy," though, which i personally enjoy, but just want to FYI that it tastes more along the lines of a salad than you'd expect from pasta. Revel in that! :)