A quick dinner recipe!🌻

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Pasta and sauce

Recipe and pics by Chef Joey

Here is another quick dinner recipe sure to please anyone in your family. I chose the vegetarian, gluten-free version, which is also vegan, actually. However, with a switch from lentils to hamburger it can be the traditional pasta dish you all know and love.



1 box pasta (Penne works great!)

1 small can tomato paste

1 onion

4 cloves garlic

1 cup red wine


olive oil

salt and pepper

3 large carrots, peeled and chopped

1 ½ cups cooked lentils or ½ pound lean ground beef

fresh basil

Here is how fast and easy this recipe

Take 3 good sized carrots, chop and add 1 cup of water to a food processor and 4 whole cloves of garlic.

Pulse until you have a thick puree.

Add some olive oil to a thick seep pan and sauté on a medium fire until the water starts to evaporate and the carrots become soft.

In the meantime, take a large onion and chop it fine and add to the carrot mixture.

Stir constantly and add 1 cup of water.

As the water reduces – keep an eye on it – add 3 tablespoons of sugar to caramelize the carrots and onions.

As the onions get soft, add 1 cup of red wine (anything works) slowly and stir.

As the sauce starts to smell delicious, add 1 can of tomato paste and another cup of water and stir.

Let this cook for about 20 minutes and add a few basil leaves for flavor.

In the meantime cook your pasta.

This is where you go vegan or carnivore. For meat lovers, add a ½ pound of LEAN ground beef; for vegans, add 1 ½ cups cooked lentils.

When the meat/lentils are warm (5-10 mins) pour the sauce over the pasta. Stir and serve.

Sprinkle with cheese, garnish and add a parsley or basil leaf. ENJOY!

P.S. Don’t forget! You can buy mock “hamburger” at Trader Joe’s…


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Try this yum yum for dessert – vegan icecream! Trader Joe’s is sooo tastee!💜


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