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Nothing makes us happier than a big bowl of pasta. It is always satisfying: for dinner, lunch, or (for some in our family) a mid-afternoon snack. However, Keith and I are both making a concerted effort these days to eat more healthy meals, adding more vegetables and lean protein to our diets. So unfortunately, we were going without one of our favorite foods in an effort to lose weight. That is until we discovered Modern Table pasta. Modern Table pastas are for those looking for a healthy lifestyle, and a perfect way to get more nutrition from your meals – a blend of nutrition with the texture of tradition.
When our friends at Modern Table sent us some of their rotini to play with, Keith immediately went to work. He has been experimenting a lot lately with different spices, and this seemed like the perfect project for him to use his new favorite spice, berbere. Berbere is a hot spice blend that is an integral ingredient in Ethiopian cuisine, and Keith discovered it while we were dining at Marcus Samuelson’s restaurant, Red Rooster. Ever since, he has been playing with it in his own cooking. A pasta recipe using this spice just seemed natural for Keith.
I admit, my traditional midwestern chef was a bit skeptical when he was presented with lentil-based pasta. He likes what he likes (traditional pasta made with durum wheat flour). But we were both pleasantly surprised at the texture and taste of this rotini. It cooks up beautifully (al dente), and absorbs sauces exactly like traditional pasta. We even served this meal to the kids, and they did not know the difference!
Keith used Modern Table Rotini to create this Earthy Gluten-Free Pasta with Lentils & Fresh Veggies. It’s a hearty and flavorful dish that satisfies on every level. We get the pasta we crave, surrounded by the veggies we need, all served in a light sauce seasoned with berbere.This dish is vegetarian, hearty, and packed with protein.All Modern Table pastas are lentil-based and contain complete proteins – meaning they have the 9 essential amino acids our bodies need for strong energy, good digestion, and muscle health. We feel like this meal is a win-win.
Earthy Gluten-Free Pasta with Lentils & Fresh Veggies is a dish you can feel good about eating and serving to your family. It is deliciously well-rounded and bursting with flavor. The combination of lentils, vegetables and spices is very satisfying. Most importantly it can be ready and on the table in just over 30 minutes! For us, this hearty vegetarian dish feels like a “cheat meal” because we still can’t believe we can eat an entire bowl of pasta for dinner with zero guilt! You don’t have to give up the good stuff, because the stuff you want is good. Now you can have your pasta and eat it too!
- 1 8 ox Box Modern Table Rotini Complete Protein Pasta
- 1 14 oz can Fire roasted tomatoes
- ½ C chopped carrots
- ½ C chopped celery
- ½ C chopped onion
- 1 C cooked lentils
- 6 oz fresh mushrooms
- 8 oz fresh Brussels sprouts
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 Tbsp olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp berbere spice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Quarter the mushrooms and the Brussels sprouts and add to a mixing bowl with carrots, onions, garlic, and celery and mix.
- Toss with olive oil and berbere spice and spread over baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes.
- Cook pasta according to directions on the box.
- Heat the tomatoes in a large skillet and remove half of them and place on large serving platter.
- Add to remaining tomatoes, vegetables, lentils and pasta and toss together.
- Pour over the top of tomatoes and serve.