Monday, June 27, 2011

Lentil Spaghetti Sauce

I've said this before, but we really don't lack for anything as vegetarians in our family.  This pasta sauce of mine is another example:

Rich, hearty, slow cooked and "meaty"...

... and did I mention, delicious?

Lentil Spaghetti Sauce
((Printable Version))

1 large yellow onion, diced
1 large green pepper, diced*
2 generous tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups lentils, rinsed
4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
a pinch of sea salt
1 (28 ounce can) crushed tomatoes
1 (28 ounce can) whole tomatoes, undrained
1 (6 ounce can) tomato paste
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/4 cup fresh minced parsley (optional)

*feel free to add whatever other diced vegetables you like in your pasta sauce: mushrooms, zucchini, etc.

Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot.  Add the diced onion, green pepper and a pinch of salt.  Saut√© until the onion becomes translucent, about 5 to 10 minutes.  Add the garlic, dried basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and cracked pepper; stir for 1 minute.  Add the lentils and the vegetable broth.  Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes.

Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and the can of whole tomatoes- breaking the whole tomatoes with your fingers into pieces.  Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 45 to an hour (stirring every few minutes.)

Before serving, stir in the 1 teaspoon vinegar. (This really brightens the flavor of the sauce.)  Add the optional fresh parsley and serve over whole grain pasta.

Top with cheese...

... twirl, slurp and enjoy!


  1. What a great sauce for spaghetti! Next time I will be having my wholegrain spaghetti I should try this sauce.

  2. I never knew that little trick about the vinegar - that is neat. this is just a great all-around spaghetti sauce! I never have tried it with lentils but I definitely could see the lentils really "beefing" this sauce up. I would definitely make this!

  3. I like the addition of the lentils, great idea!

  4. Just printed off this recipe and will make it soon!
    I've made lentil pasta sauce before but I'm excited to try really are a great cook!

  5. This sounds great! Would you use dried or canned lentils?

  6. This is my go to sauce. Thanks for a great recipe!