Meatless Lentil “Bolognese”
Do you participate in Meatless Mondays? I am very much a carnivore, but I do like to challenge myself and forgo meat at some meals and experiment with plant based protein sources. Pasta is an easy meal to make meatless (because really if you gave me straight noodles with butter and cheese, I would not complain). But, making sure there is some protein and that the meal fills you up takes a little more than just butter and parmesan.
Lentils are a great way to do this. I love them in this tomato sauce because they add some texture AND they cook right in the sauce. No need to boil separately. The sauce simmer low and slow to allow the lentils to cook and makes the sauce nice and thick. I served mine with sweet potato noodles, but it would be amazing with zucchini noodles or, heck, straight up white pasta because we don’t food shame here.