Tuesday, September 13, 2011

(Sausage) Rotini with Lentils

This recipe is quick (20 mins!) and delicious so get ready for happy bellies.

Sausage Rotini with lentils

You will need:

  • Rotini Pasta
  • Your choice of Sausage
  • Dried Lentils
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Black Pepper
  • Basil
  • Chopped Mint


  • Basil Pesto
  • Capers

What to do:

  1. Boil 2 pots of water: one for lentils and one for pasta.
  2. Add the lentils and reduce heat to simmer. While you're waiting you can chop up some fresh onion.
  3. About 10 minutes later, add pasta to the other pot of boiling water.
  4. Slice up the sausage and cook in a skillet with the onions and garlic for a few minutes each side. There is no need for oil here because the sausage has so much.
  5. As soon as the pasta is done (or 20 minutes after you've added the lentils), you're set to serve.
  6. Sprinkle with Black pepper, basil, and mint. If you'd like, a tablespoon each of pesto and capers make a tasty addition.

Rotini sans sausage
No, it doesn't have to be rotini pasta but thats what we had and it looks so pretty. The sausage we used was from TJ's... Eric said it was "very good" and that actually says a lot.

I know pesto was used in the artichokes but we have a jar in the fridge so it might be in everything for a while. I can't think of anyone who would complain about that, though...

Rotini with sausage, lentils, capers, and... taco meat. 
I usually only make enough for 1-1.5 "helpings" per person but Hubby's been working out twice a day for the past couple weeks and apparently one helping wasn't gonna cut it - so he improvised with leftover taco chicken from the other night. Not my first choice but I guess I'm lucky he'll eat just about anything.

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