Just recently, I was shopping at Trader Joe’s and came across this interesting Red Lentil Pasta. Of course I bought it, I had to try it. It was not bad at all; it tastes just like your regular pasta, however, it’s organic and gluten free, therefore, healthier. As always, you know that it will all depend on the ingredients you decide to use to provide that needed flavor and while you are t it, don’t be shy and add as much as you feel it will make it taste amazing!
Approximate Prep and Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Approximate Cost: $13.32 or $6.66 per serving
Difficulty Level: X Easy ____ Intermediate ____ Advanced
2 haddock filets ($6.52)
2 tbsp. Angie’s basting oil (see my link below)(.45)
1 tbsp. Weber Roasted Garlic & Herbs (.35)
1 tsp. Weber Chicken Seasoning (.35)
2 cups of red lentil pasta ($1.25)
¼ cup of basil pesto ($1.20)
2 small broccoli crowns (.85)
6 large baby Bella mushrooms ($1.10)
1 avocado slice in half ($1.00)
Clean and season the fish with 1 tbsp. Webber Roasted Garlic & Herbs, 1 tsp. of Webber Chicken Seasoning and 1 tbsp. of basting oil. Refrigerate until cooking time.
Sauté the mushrooms in 1 tbsp. of basting oil, when done, remove from skillet.
Boil the pasta according to the bag directions. (or until is soft enough to your taste and don’t forget to add salt to the water)
Add the broccoli to the pasta to cook for about 3 minutes, remove from the pot and place in iced water to stop cooking and keep the bright green.
Meantime, sear the fish in their basting oil seasoning until it looks a bit white. When done, remove from skillet and keep the oils to use for the pasta sauce.
When the pasta is ready, drain it and transfer it to the skillet where you cooked the fish. Stir it well. Then, add the cooked mushrooms and the basil pesto at the last minute, stir and if needed, add extra basting oil to make it look a bit runny and shiny.
Now you are ready to plate, I love to use a soup dish, then add the pasta at the bottom, top it with the fish and garnish with broccoli and few pesto leaves.
Note: (You will have plenty of pasta for more servings)
My Link: Angie’s Basting Oil: www.angieslifehacks.com/cuisine/the-flavor-series-recipe-2-angies-basting-olive-oil
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