Rating: 4.34 stars
38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1

Lentils can make a boring, vegetarian spaghetti dinner exciting again.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the lentils, tomatoes and artichokes (with the liquid from the cans), 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper and the water into a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Return pasta to pot and cover to keep warm.

  • Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat and cook green onions for about 3 minutes. Add 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper and sesame seeds and cook until the seeds are lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Set aside.

  • Add the lentil mixture to the pot of pasta and toss to distribute evenly. Add the green onion mixture and toss lightly again. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

329 calories; protein 11.9g; carbohydrates 47.5g; fat 11.1g; sodium 882.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (29)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2008
Tasty & fairly simple to make. I made a few modification because I was having more guests at dinner than I expected. Luckily I had extra artichokes, but I just added some ketchup and a tad more water to make up for more tomatoes. (I only did this to add ~ one serving. Not sure if it would work on a larger scale.) I also served over rice instead of pasta because of my gluten allergy. Everyone RAVED though. Tomatoes and lentils are a great combo, and artichokes add the perfect something extra! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/21/2011
If you don't LOVE artichokes, don't try this recipe. Read More
(4)
38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2008
Tasty & fairly simple to make. I made a few modification because I was having more guests at dinner than I expected. Luckily I had extra artichokes, but I just added some ketchup and a tad more water to make up for more tomatoes. (I only did this to add ~ one serving. Not sure if it would work on a larger scale.) I also served over rice instead of pasta because of my gluten allergy. Everyone RAVED though. Tomatoes and lentils are a great combo, and artichokes add the perfect something extra! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2007
Mmmmmm! Tomatoes and lentils are such a delicious combination!! This is a very good recipe...I tweaked it a tiny bit to our taste: Try with sauteed garlic, minus the green onions and substitute finely minced sweet spanish onion. Add fresh chopped parsley (about 2 tbsp)and 1/2 tsp crushed chili peppers. Top with curls of romano cheese right before serving (use a vegetable peeler). Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2008
I was a little unsure as to whether this recipe would have enough flavor but I was pleasantly surprised. It was very easy to throw together on a week night. I didn't have any sesame seeds and used a little chopped yellow onion in place of the green. It was a nice hearty easy meal. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2010
Served with a green salad, this makes a good week night dinner. It was easy to make, and adaptable. I didn't have artichoke hearts, but I added a bit of stock to my (crushed) tomatoes. I used red lentils instead of brown, yellow onion instead of green, and I added celery and garlic in with the onions. I liked the taste that the sesame seeds added. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2010
I was unsure about this at first but it is fabulous. It took longer for the lentils to get done though. My husband said this is a definate keeper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/06/2011
Yum! I skipped the cayenne pepper (for the kids) and added roasted red peppers because I did not have green onions or sesame seeds. Everyone loved it...husband and kids included. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2010
delicious! i also didn't expect much flavor initially but it was superb. i put it more cayenne though and didn't taste so much else;) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/21/2011
If you don't LOVE artichokes, don't try this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2010
This was really good. I made mine with whole wheat pasta and used a peppercorn medley for seasoning. Also just used the purple onions that I had in my fridge. No sesame seeds. Added garlic powder too. I found that the wheat noodles really complimented this dish. My boyfriend really liked it. It's a keeper because it was so easy hearty and healthy to boot. Read More
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