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
4 cloves garlic
1 cup red wine
salt and pepper
3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 ½ cups cooked lentils or ½ pound lean ground beef
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…
Try this yum yum for dessert – vegan icecream! Trader Joe’s is sooo tastee!💜