We are always looking for quick and easy vegan recipes and this lentil pasta recipe is a winner! It takes only about 10-minutes to prepare and makes five servings for less than $15. And, it taste terrific!
If you are a fan of the new plant-based TV reality show from the producers of ‘The Biggest Loser’ on Z Living Network, then you will recognize this recipe from the premeire episode of ‘The Big Fat Truth’ where producer, JD Roth, issues a challenge to contestant, Ryan Benson.
While I’m here, and you’re going to get fast food. Before you get back, I can have my entire meal done and on the table ready for everyone (Ryan and his family) to eat.
It’s five ingredients, made in 10-minutes, for under $15. And, it’s going to be whole food, plant-based.”
This is a clip from the show demonstrating just how easy this recipe is to prepare.
I added a few extra spices to season the lentil pasta dish just a little more to suit my taste. In the recipe below, I’ve included my ‘Terri Tweaks’ so you can give them a try too. I was actually able to make this recipe for less than $10.
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This is an easy vegan recipe lentil pasta recipe that can be made in about 10 minutes and feeds five people for less than $15.
- 16 oz pkg brown rice pasta or other whole grain pasta
- 1/4 cup veggie broth
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 15 oz cans fire roasted tomatoes or ripe tomatoes, chopped
- 8-12 basil leaves, shredded
- 1 pkg Trader Joe's steamed lentils or 2-1/2 cups cooked lentils (1 cup dry)
- 1 tsp liquid aminos, or soy sauce (Terri tweek)
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder (Terri tweak)
- 3/4 tsp onion powder (Terri tweak)
- 3/4 tsp oregano, dry (Terri tweak)
- 1/2 tsp celery salt (Terri tweak)
- salt & peper, to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions. I used Trader Joe's whole wheat spiral pasta. JD Roth used spaghetti noodles in the show.
Heat non-stick pan and add veggie broth and chopped onion. Sauté and keep adding broth a few tablespoons at a time until the onion is soft and almost cooked all the way.
Add fire roasted tomatoes (or chopped tomatoes) and cooked lentils. I really prefer the fire roasted because they add so much flavor. Mix until combined well. I cooked my own lentils (1 cup dry makes 2+ cups cooked) in veggie broth.
Now, toss in the shredded basil and stir until wilted.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. I also added garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt, oregano, and aminos.
Serve lentil bolognese over pasta and enjoy.