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Garden Macaroni

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I'm always looking for ways to get lentils into my kid's bellies. And this pasta is a perfect fit. There are enough lentils to add another texture to a dish filled with texture. This pasta is a great way to use up your garden herbs and veggies.

Garden Macaroni

Garden Macaroni
3 cups macaroni (12 oz)
2 tbs olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 lb mushrooms, quartered or halved
1 carrot, shredded
1/2 cup lentils
28 oz diced tomatoes
15 oz tomato sauce
1/2 cup white wine
2 zucchinis, halved and chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1 tbs thyme, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan. Saute the onions until softened. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes until the garlic is aromatic. Add the mushrooms and carrots and cook until the mushrooms have given off their liquid. Add the lentils and saute for a couple minutes. Add the white wine, and let it cook down for a couple minutes. Then add the tomatoes and tomato sauce. Cover and simmer until the lentils are tender, but still firm, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and, about 10 minutes before the sauce is done, cook and drain the pasta. When the lentils are close (about 5 minutes) stir in the the zucchini, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook until zucchini are warm, then stir in the drained pasta.

5 Servings: 477 cal (7g fat, 82g carbs, 20g protein)

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