Lentils give this sauce a meaty feel, making it an interesting alternative to long-simmered old-fashioned sauces. For a vegetarian version, substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth, omit the prosciutto and add about 8 chopped dried tomatoes to the sauce.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 1992


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  • Place lentils in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water; bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  • Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, garlic and prosciutto, and saute until the vegetables are softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth, lentils, rosemary and thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add tomatoes and kale, return to a simmer, cover and cook until the lentils and kale are tender, 15 to 20 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Meanwhile, cook rotini or fusilli in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender firm,10 to 12 minutes. Drain and place in a large, shallow bowl. Add the lentil sauce and toss well. Taste and adjust seasonings and serve immediately with Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts

395.7 calories; protein 21.6g 43% DV; carbohydrates 73.1g 24% DV; exchange other carbs 5; dietary fiber 15.5g 62% DV; sugars 6.2g; fat 4.8g 7% DV; saturated fat 1.3g 7% DV; cholesterol 10.3mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 3231.8IU 65% DV; vitamin c 29.4mg 49% DV; folate 125.5mcg 31% DV; calcium 130.1mg 13% DV; iron 4.8mg 27% DV; magnesium 99.6mg 36% DV; potassium 651.5mg 18% DV; sodium 682.7mg 27% DV; thiamin 0.9mg 92% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
Suprisingly delicious I did not expect this to taste that good but gave it a try anyway b/c of the health benefits. It came out sooo tasty! Definitely a keeper. I used bacon for meat. Pros: Healthy and high in protein! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
yum I made the veggie version as was suggested and it was excellent. For some reason I didn't expect it to be so good so it was a pleasant surprise! Read More