Spaghetti And Meaty Sauce

Makes: one large pot

Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Oil-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan (of course!)

Spaghetti and meat sauce was always a staple dinner for my family when I was younger. The sauce was my grandmother’s recipe and it was so delicious and warming. Now as a vegan, I still want to enjoy this delectable meal; however, I simply veganized the sauce and put it over gluten-free noodles.

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Ingredients:

  • Two to three boxes of spaghetti (I used Ancient Harvest Super-Grain Spaghetti)
  • One and a half cups of red split lentils
  • Two 15 oz. cans/jars of tomato sauce
  • Two cups of water
  • 1/4 of a cup of vegetable broth (for sautéing)
  • One yellow onion, diced
  • Three cloves of garlic, minced
  • One tbsp. of dried basil
  • One tbsp. of dried oregano
  • One tsp. of garlic powder
  • Four tbsp. of coconut sugar
  • One tbsp. of red wine of choice
  • One tsp. of pink Himalayan salt (or to taste)
  • One tsp. of black pepper (or to taste)

How to Make:

  1. In a large pot, bring the two cups of water to a boil.
  2. While the water is boiling, rinse the lentils to remove the starch and to clean them.
  3. Dice the onion.
  4. Once the water is boiling, add the lentils and simmer them with the lid on over low heat for ten minutes.
  5. While the lentils cook, add the diced onions to a large pan (non-stick is best) with the vegetable broth and sauté them over medium heat until they are translucent.
  6. Add and stir the minced garlic into the onions for about 30 seconds.
  7. Once the lentils have cooked for ten minutes, add the cooked onions and the minced garlic to the lentils and turn the heat to up to medium.
  8. Stir in the tomato sauce, basil, oregano, and garlic powder to the lentil mixture.
  9. Stir in the coconut sugar, salt, pepper, and red wine to the sauce.
  10. Simmer the sauce with the lid on over low heat for one hour, and stir frequently to avoid the sauce from burning.
  11. While the sauce simmers, cook your pasta according to the package’s directions.
  12. Serve the sauce over the noodles and enjoy!

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