This is the type of recipe that shuts down the whole ‘healthy food is expensive’ argument. Red lentils are so economical and so healthy. They are also tiny, so as they cook up they basically disappear into this wholesome pasta sauce- making it a great option for those who might not think they like lentils or the kiddos who have texture issues with brown lentils. Also, Catelli has a wide offering of healthier pasta options that provide Canadian families with wholesome meal options – from 100% whole grain Canadian wheat and Catelli Gluten Free to Catelli Smart with a very high source of fibre.
Brand new on the scene is Catelli SuperGreens; an all-natural pasta made with a delicious blend of five green vegetables including spinach, zucchini, broccoli, parsley and kale. Available now in fusilli, rotini and spaghetti, SuperGreens is made with 100% Canadian whole grain and is Non-GMO Project Verified. SuperGreens is the perfect partner for this sauce, serving up a double dose of nutrition.
That’s all well and good, but how does it taste? It’s great! It is green though… so you aren’t going to sneak it into your kid’s supper without them knowing. Hulk pasta maybe?
Speedy Red Lentil Marinara
- 1 box Catelli SuperGreens Spaghetti
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- black pepper to taste or 1/2 tsp
- 1/4 cup red wine (optional)
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 cups sodium-free chicken stock (use vegetable stock to make Vegetarian)
- 28 oz of a good quality canned diced tomato (not drained). I prefer fire-roasted when I can get them.
- 1 cup red lentils, rinsed.
- Fresh basil or parsley for garnish
In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and then garlic, cooking them in the oil so that they soften, but not brown. Once the onions and garlic are softened, add in the herbs and spices and continue to cook, while stirring, for another minute. If you are using the red wine, use it now to deglaze the pan and loosen any hiding flavour bits. Then, add the honey, stock, tomatoes and lentils. Raise the heat to medium-high to bring just to a boil and then cover, lower the heat to medium-low and allow it to simmer for 25 minutes or so, stirring just occasionally. While the sauce is simmering, boil your pasta water, cook the pasta, drain it and set it aside, covered. At this point the sauce is ready to serve, but if you prefer a smoother sauce (I’m looking at you, Moms), then use an immersion blender to smooth it out to your liking.
Serve with some fresh basil or parsley for garnish and a happy sprinkle or two of parmesan cheese.
What is your favourite way to amp-up the nutrition in your family’s favourite pasta dish? I encourage you to share your pasta story, and try the recipes of other #CatelliFamilies across Canada. Want even more info and inspiration? Visit Catelli.ca.
Save Even More
To make eating healthy even more economical, Catelli has partnered with Checkout 51 an online site that helps Canadians save more on the brands they love. This month, Checkout 51 will offer a high value discount on both Catelli SuperGreens and Catelli Smart Veggie – another one of Catelli’s new product innovations. It’s a delicious white pasta with a high source of fibre that provides a ½ serving of vegetables per 85 grams. I’m a long-time user of Checkout 51 and love how they always have coupons for the products I already buy. Also, I get so excited when I also have a store coupon to use for the same item (if it’s on sale too? SAVING EUPHORIA!). There are few ways we Canadians get to double up on coupons, but Checkout 51 lets me do just that.
Disclosure: I am part of the #CatelliFamilies network and have been compensated for developing this recipe/blog post, however all opinions expressed are my own.