25 Minute Weeknight Pasta. Ziti with Chipotle Lentil Tomato Sauce. Smoky Chipotle and lentils in the pasta sauce make it a flavorful and filling meal. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. Easily glutenfree with GF pasta.
Cuisine: fusion, Gluten-free, Pasta, Vegan
Author: Vegan Richa
1.5cupsuncooked pasta like Ziti or Penne
2tspextra virgin olive oil
1/2cupred onionchopped small (1/4-1/2 inch)
1/2cupchopped carrotchopped small
1tspdry basil or 1 Tbsp packed chopped fresh basil
2large juicy tomatoes pureedabout 1.5 cups
1two inch chipotle chili pepper in adobo saucechopped or pureed with the tomatoes (remove the seeds to reduce heat if needed) , or use 1/2 tsp chipotle pepper powder
1/3cupred/pink lentilswashed and drained
1tspapple cider vinegar
1/4tsppepper flakes or cayenne or to tastefeel free to omit
a generous dash of black pepper
nutritional yeast or vegan parm and extra virgin olive oil for garnish
Cook the pasta according to instructions on the box.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook for 4 minutes or until translucent.
Add the carrots and herbs and mix well. At this point you can also add in veggies such as zucchini or thinly sliced mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes.
Add the tomatoe puree and chopped chipotle pepper and cook for 5 minutes until slightly thickened. Add 1 tbsp tomato paste and a touch of sweetener for deeper flavor.
Wash, drain lentils and add to the pan. Add water and Cook partially covered for 16 to 18 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Add salt, vinegar and peppers and mix in. Taste and adjust salt and heat. Cook a few minutes longer, uncovered, if the sauce is too thin. Reduce heat to low-medium.
Add pasta to the sauce. Cook covered at low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes. let sit for another 2 minutes before serving. Sprinkle nutritional yeast or vegan parm and extra virgin olive oil and serve.