Linguine Red Sauce with Lentils

If you are tired of spaghetti and macaroni, maybe it is the right time to try a different kind of pasta – linguine. This ribbon-like pasta tastes fantastic when it’s consumed together with a specially-made red sauce like this one made with lentils – basically, a lentil bolognese! The linguine red sauce recipe includes many interesting ingredients that give this dish a special taste and a chance to improve your health too.

Health benefits of tomatoes

If people knew about all the benefits of this vegetable, they would start using tomatoes more frequently. First of all, tomatoes include a wide range of vitamins which are crucial for keeping us safe from different diseases. Only 150 grams of fresh tomatoes provide the necessary amount of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K and folate and potassium. It’s also good to know that tomatoes include a significant amount of magnesium, vitamin B6, niacin, phosphorus, copper, and thiamin. All these nutrients optimize the work of almost every organ and system in our bodies. For instance, lack of potassium can lead to improper work of the heart.

The high amount of antioxidants makes tomatoes great for our health. For instance, if we consume tomatoes on a regular basis we can expect to lower the risk of the emergence of many different types of cancer. Lycopene is an antioxidant that is especially useful in situations like this and this antioxidant is abundant in tomatoes. What’s even better is that tomatoes are rich in beta carotene. Beta-carotene is good for our skin and it can also prevent some health issues caused by the natural process of aging. The health benefits we have mentioned here are present in both fresh and cooked tomatoes. The red sauce for linguine contains all these ingredients which are boosted by the presence of other ingredients.

Drying your own herbs

Drying herbs is actually quite simple. This is a good way to preserve herbs for cooking. If they are dried in the right way, they will also keep their original flavor. There are many different ways in which you can dry herbs. For example, you can quick dry them for cooking. Or you can spend more time on this process by drying them in the sun or outdoors. Some people prefer air drying indoors because it keeps the color, flavor, and properties of herbs while others say that drying in the oven is the most convenient option. No matter which option you choose, you can rest assured that drying your own herbs is a good idea.

Why is brown rice pasta the best?

Brown rice pasta is getting quite popular these days especially among people looking for gluten-free food. In addition, many parents with young children are using brown rice pasta when they are preparing meals for their kids. The best thing about this pasta is its mild taste and the ability to withstand more cooking before it gets all mushy. This means that it is very difficult to overcook brown rice pasta and ruin your next meal.

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Linguine Red Sauce with Lentils

Linguine Red Sauce with Lentils

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, finely shredded
  • 1 12 ounce can organic crushed tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon dill
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon organic local raw honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • Celtic Sea Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a large sauce pan over medium heat, then add the olive oil, onions, and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly softened and fragrant. They do not need to be browned, just slightly translucent. Stir in the carrots and a pinch of celtic sea salt and cook for 3-4 minutes more, then stir in the crushed tomatoes.
  2. Add oregano, rosemary, dill, basil, honey, water and lentils, until it comes to a simmering boil. Then reduce heat to low and continue cooking until lentils are tender - stirring occasionally - about 15-18 minutes. If your sauce seems a little thick you can add extra water.
  3. Once lentils are cooked, taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  4. Serve over brown rice linguini noodles or other brown rice pasta of choice. You could also service this over Zucchini noodles for a low carb twist.
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