Spaghetti in creamy lentil sauce
We all are familiar with spaghetti and know that it’s a traditional Italian food. Have given a delicious twist to basic spaghetti pasta sauce as I believe that creativity has no boundaries and I like to express it through my camera and food.
Source of Protein –
Being a vegetarian, it becomes very essential to consume such food which could provide protein to the body. As we all know lentils and beans are abundant in protein and unlimited good source of energy. This recipe has protein, carbohydrate, calcium, vitamins and minerals.
To create this recipe –
Fortunately, I had all the ingredients available in my pantry and could create the vision I was following. While pulling the ingredients from my refrigerator and pantry, I had to literally think through how to pull this vision into a delicious recipe.
I have used a spiral maker for vegetables, used it for squash, if you don’t have it, you could use chopped squash or diced squash.
In Indian kitchen, we have several types of lentils and I know exactly how these different lentil taste like. While in the process of creating the recipe, I literally starred all my lentils in the pantry and analysed how I could use one of them in my recipe. Eventually I found the lentil to use for the spaghetti sauce.
I have used green lentils, picture below. It’s called “Split Mung lentil” It’s easily available at any Indian grocery store and sometimes I have also seen these lentils available in regular supermarkets. I will not call it as an Indian twist to this spaghetti sauce. Lentils are eaten all over the world irrespective of any nationality. I was basically focused on creating a different creative recipe and should have a good source of protein as well. Thus, I ended up creating a mouth-watering recipe.
At the dinner table, no one could guess the ingredients of the sauce. I had disclosed after the dinner about the ingredients and it came as a surprise that lentil can be used in spaghetti pasta sauce. It turned out as an utterly delicious hot dinner meal.
This split mung lentil works perfect for this recipe. Prepare all the vegetables & boil spaghetti before. Lentil sauce needs to serve immediately. Can't be heated again on the stove after it has been pulsed in a blender because the lentil will start cook on the pan/ stick on the pan once it turns in to liquid form.
Haven't added 20 minutes of soaking ( any work can be done when the lentils are being soaked)
- spaghetti Take accordingly for 2-3 people
- water According to the spaghetti to boil it
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Chopped red onions
- 1 Chopped leek
- 2 Chopped garlic
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Spinach
- 1/2 Cup Cream
- 1/2 Cup Full fat milk
- Salt and pepper for seasoning According to the taste
- 1 chopped/ spirals Squash
- 2 Chopped red snack pepper or red bell pepper If snack pepper is not available, use red pepper
- 1/2 Teaspoon Thyme Timian in danish
- 1/4 Teaspoon Oregano
- 50 Gram green split mung lentil
- Some hot boiled water to soak them for 20 minutes
Start with soaking green split mung lentils for 20 minutes. In mean while put the spaghetti to cook according to the instructions on the packet.
Pour 1 tablespoon of Olive oil in a pan and sauté the spiral squash and red pepper + add thyme + oregano. Add salt and black pepper seasoning.
Pour 1 tablespoon of Olive oil on a hot pan (in another pan simultaneously) + add onions + stir it for few seconds until it changes colour + add garlic + leek + stir it for 2 minutes + now add spinach & stir for few seconds + add cream + add milk + strain the water from the lentils and add them in the same pan. Add salt and black pepper seasoning. Cook it for 10 minutes and keep stirring it until the sauce gets thickened and reduces a little bit in portion.
Now pulse it in the blender and serve immediately with spaghetti + prepared squash spiral mixture and sauce on the side or on the top of spaghetti.
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