Penne with Tomato Lentil Sauce

Penne with Tomato Lentil Sauce 250 Author: Canadian Living Credits: Penne with Tomato Lentil Sauce 250

Look for dried green lentils in bulk and specialty food shops. They are smaller than the more common brown lentil and have exceptional flavour and texture. This thick tomato sauce is a great place to use up a Parmesan rind: add it when adding the tomatoes.

  • Portion size 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 carrots diced
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup thick-slice bacon or diced pancetta optional
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 cups dried green lentils
  • 1 can tomato
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cups penne pasta or other tube pasta

Method

In large shallow Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, carrot, celery, garlic, pancetta (if using), bay leaves, salt, pepper and thyme, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes or until softened.

Stir in lentils, tomatoes, wine and 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) water; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 35 minutes or until thickened and lentils are tender. Discard bay leaves. Stir in celery leaves.

Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta for about 8 minutes or until tender but firm. Drain and return to pot or place in serving bowl. Spoon sauce over top.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 939 mg
  • Protein 22 g
  • Calories 558.0
  • Total fat 9 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 98 g

%RDI

  • Iron 64.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 174.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 11.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 35.0
  • Vitamin C 52.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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