VEGGIE SPAGHETTI WITH MUSHROOMS & LENTILS
Recipe & Photo by Sophie Mackenzie WHOLEHEARTED EATS
This Veggie Spaghetti is kind of a take on what I remember eating as a child, but with a ixnay on the veggie ground round, please. Chopped full of meaty mushrooms and lentils, plenty of veggies and garlic, it’s based on the traditional Spaghetti Bolognese (which as we know isn’t really Italian, but real delicious). It’s inexpensive to make and comes together in less than an hour, making it a perfect weekday meal that you can even make up early in the morning or a couple days in advance.
DIETARY CONSIDERATION: Vegetarian, Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free
1 Cup Dry Puy Lentils
2 tsp. Oil
3 Carrots, Diced (3 Cups or 100 g)
3 Stalks of Celery, Diced (1/2 Cup or 80 g)
1/2 Onion, Diced (1 Cup or 100 g)
3 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
4 Mushrooms, Diced (2 Cups or 160 g)
2 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar (10 ml)
1 Heaping Tbsp. Tomato Paste (15 ml)
1 Jar Strained Tomatoes (nearly 2 3/4 Cups or 680 ml)
1 Cup Water (235 ml)
1 tsp. Chilli Flakes
1 tsp. Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp. Crushed Fennel Seeds
2 tsp. Dried Basil
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Brazil Nuts
2 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds
1 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
A Pinch Sea Salt
Vitamix or Blender of choice
Begin by cooking the lentils. Bring them to a boil along with 3 cups water. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender, then drain.
Meanwhile heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the onions begin to soften and become translucent. Add the mushrooms, herbs, chilli, and fennel and sauté for another couple of minutes until the mushrooms begin to soften.
Stir in the balsamic and tomato paste then add the strained tomatoes along with the one cup water (I use this water to clean out the tomato jar and get all the goodness out). Finally stir in the drained lentils and salt.
Let the sauce simmer over low heat (stirring often so it doesn’t stick) for 30-45 minutes or until it thickens and becomes nice and rich tasting. Taste and season with more salt if needed.
Serve alongside spaghetti of choice, roasted veggies, or roasted spaghetti squash. And don’t forget to garnish with parsley and plenty of Nutty Parma!
Nutty Parmesan: Combine everything in a high speed blender or food processor just until the brazil nuts turn into a fine meal. Store in the refrigerate for all your sprinkling needs.