In years past our family has pursued giving something up for Lent as a group effort. This year there is so much going on in our world that I gave the girls a choice. Daughter Number Four chose to give up meat for Lent. In many households going meatless is hard. For our household we’ve had a vegetarian for over 6 years and I have moved through degrees of meatless eating for decades. In fact, that’s how I came upon this amazing lentil pasta sauce.
I have mentioned before that the one of the more challenging parts of meal planning and cooking for vegetarians living with omnivores is putting together meals that are pleasing and palatable to everyone. This Lentil Pasta Sauce fits in perfectly with for a mixed eating style family.
My initial meal plan was to only serve the pasta sauce over spaghetti noodles. Based on some menu changes based on the snow and ice this week, I did not make the ground beef hash on the menu for last night. Instead, I made meatballs to serve with the spaghetti and the Lentil Pasta Sauce. It was a change that made everyone in the house not just satisfied, but happy.
I served the Lentil Pasta Sauce over the meatballs and spaghetti for The Hubs and Daughter Number Three and didn’t add meatballs to the plate for Daughter Number Four or for me. The side dishes for this meal were homemade soft Italian bread and steamed broccoli.
I would love to know if you have meat and non-meat eaters in your house, and if so, do you plan one meal around everyone or do you make two separate meals?
- 1 cup onion (chopped)
- ½ cup carrot (grated)
- 1 teaspoon garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 15- ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 8- ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup lentils (rinsed)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper sauce
- In a 2-quart saucepan heat oil over medium heat.
- Add onion and sauté until soft.
- Add carrot and garlic and heat through, stirring to combine.
- Turn heat to low and add remaining ingredients.
- Simmer for one hour.
- Serve over warm pasta.