This dish was inspired by a lot of ingredients and combinations in my head and this is how it played out. I am very happy with the result and can't wait to enjoy this during lunches at work!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine oil, onion, and garlic in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook and stir until onion softens, 3 to 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, Japanese eggplant, and buttercup squash sequentially, stirring well after each addition.

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  • Stir tomatoes into the Dutch oven. Stir in red lentils; add pasta shells. Pour in stock; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until pasta is almost fully cooked, about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure pasta doesn't stick to the bottom of the Dutch oven.

  • Mix rice vinegar, soy sauce, and tomato paste together in a small bowl. Pour into the Dutch oven; stir to combine. Stir in nutritional yeast. Add basil, paprika, and black pepper; stir once more.

Nutrition Facts

475 calories; protein 26.5g 53% DV; carbohydrates 82.7g 27% DV; fat 6.5g 10% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 843.9mg 34% DV. Full Nutrition