Tofu spaghetti sauce with coral lentils

Tofu spaghetti sauce with coral lentils

Tofu spaghetti sauce with coral lentils

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3 litres
Spaghetti sauce! It's a classic and everyone has their favorite recipe for it. It's also a guaranteed kid-pleaser. Our veggie-friendly version of this comforting dish is packed with protein from tofu and coral lentils. It's equally flavor-packed, thanks to the spices and crunchy veggies! Use it to top pasta, or in a lasagna or other gratin recipes. Prepare a big batch and freeze in various portion sizes (single, 4 to 6 servings, etc.) so that it is easy to use whether you're making dinner for one, two or many!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • sea salt, to taste
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 block of firm tofu, drained
  • 1 tsp dried oregano or thyme
  • 3 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup coral lentils
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
  • 5 sprigs fresh basil, finely chopped

Preparation

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and cook the onion for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and chili powder. Then add the carrots, celery and tomato paste. Brown for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Drain the tofu and crumble it into the saucepan. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes and the dried herbs. 
  5. Add the lentils then bring to a boil, lower heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta in a large quantity of salted boiling water. Strain and set aside.
  7. To serve, top the pasta with the sauce.
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