Healthy Spicy Arrabbiata Lentil Pasta
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2-3 servings
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 7-8 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • (1/2-3/4) cup onion, finely chopped
  • Chili flakes ( as per taste, for a spicy arrabbiata sauce start with 2 tsp chili flakes and add more as needed)
  • Finely chopped tomatoes in a can ( I am loving Pomi brand finely chopped tomatoes), 26.46 oz or 750 gms ( Or you use any brand you like) ( If using fresh finely chopped tomatoes, it will take double the time to cook the sauce)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp basil powder
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • Pinch rosemary
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • ¾ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Bunch of fresh basil leaves, finely chopped (if available)
  • Barilla Red Lentil Pasta or pasta of choice (8 oz)
  1. Cook pasta as per package directions. Once cooked, save ½ cup pasta water. Strain pasta and add few tsp of olive oil and stir so pasta doesn't clump up while sitting.
  2. In a deep heavy bottom pan, add 2 tbsp olive oil. Once hot, add garlic and chili flakes. Cook for few minutes and then add onions. Saute until translucent. Add tomatoes along with spices - salt, black pepper, basil powder,oregano, rosemary, fresh basil leaves and sugar. Mix and simmer the sauce for 7-10 minutes. If the sauce feels thick, add that saved pasta water.
  3. Taste and adjust if need to.
  4. Add ½ cup parmesan and mix. Add pasta and mix again until sauce coats the pasta.
  5. Serve with more parmesan on top.
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