Crispy Lentil Rotini Recipe

I found this delicious recipe from Self magazine. I’ve made it three times now! It’s so good and satisfying. I made the recipe using quinoa instead of the rotini, because I didn’t have any rotini on hand.I love truffle oil and the buttery garlic flavor of this dish. It was fantastic with the quinoa too. Quinoa ( pronounced keen-wah) is an amazing superfood, not actually a grain but a seed related to the spinach family. It’s health benefits are amazing. It is a gluten-free grain, packed with protein,fiber magnesium and antioxidants. Here it is!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 box (16 oz) rotini pasta
  • 1 cup beluga lentils (found at Whole Foods Market)
  • 4 1/2 cups free-range chicken broth, divided
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tablespoon white truffle oil
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan

PREPARATION

  1. In a large pot, bring 6 cups water to a boil with 1 tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt; cook pasta as directed on package; drain; set aside. In a bowl, soak lentils in roomtemperature water for 10 minutes. Using pasta pot, bring 4 cups broth to a boil. Drain lentils; add to broth, cover, and reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes; drain. In a large saucepan, heat remaining 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Cook garlic until brown, 40 seconds. Add remaining 1/2 cup broth and garam masala; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; add butter; heat until melted, 30 to 40 seconds. Add lentils; cook until lentils fully absorb broth, 3 to 5 minutes. Add shallot and pasta; cook over medium-high heat until lentils and pasta are slightly crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in parsley, juice and truffle oil; season with salt and pepper. Divide among 6 bowls, and top with Parmesan.
    I used Earth Balance in place of the butter, no cheese, and vegetable broth in place of chicken, although free-range organic chicken broth is great too, and good for you. If you use real butter make sure it is organic, and local is best!
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