Perfect for “Meatless Monday’s” this Puy Lentil Recipe Healthy Pasta Sauce is a great alternative to meat-based sauces. Nutritious, gluten-free and budget friendly too. This sauce is also tomato free!
French Puy lentils, onions, peppers, and goat cheese combine to make a flavourful pasta sauce. For this healthy lentil recipe, I used spaghetti squash for a low carb dinner.
Have you cooked with green lentils? Last year my Green Lentil Mini Cream Cheese Balls were the hit of the holiday parties. Appetizers can be healthy!
Lentils are so easy to prepare. Healthy lentil recipes are perfect for helping you in the “weight loss” department. Chock full of nutrition, fiber and a great protein alternative to meat that works for gluten-free and vegan diets too.
We enjoy meat dishes, but also know that we should “limit” our meat intake. Lentils are the perfect meat substitute. They can be used in a variety of recipes. Soups, sauces, even in baking. Readily available and easy on the budget, healthy, nutritious lentils are a win all the way around.
Puy Lentil Recipe Ingredients
Old school French lentils combine basic ingredients that produce wonderful, nutritious meals. This green lentil recipe is no different. You will need a few simple ingredients:
- Puy lentils
- vegetable broth
- goat cheese
- fresh herbs (for garnish)
Have you ever wondered how to pronounce “Puy” lentils? These cute little French lentils keep their shape after cooking, and David Lebovitz refers to them as “cheap caviar”. They have a peppery taste, can be eaten hot or cold, a great addition to soups, sauces, and salads. These little gems are grown in France and also know as Le Puy lentils.
Cooking Puy Lentils
Similar to cooking rice, this easy to prepare recipe for Puy lentil pasta sauce is perfect for busy weeknights. Everything is done in one pot (except the pasta), or in this case the spaghetti squash.
Dice your onions and peppers. Saute for 5-7 minutes. Add lentils and broth. Cook for about 30 minutes.
Add in the goat cheese and stir to combine. This hearty, fiber-packed sauce is ready for your favourite pasta (great on rice and potaotes too). Garnish with fresh herbs (like thyme).
Puy Lentil Substitutes
If you cannot find Puy lentils, you can substitute green lentils. Another GREAT alternative is black beluga lentils! This type of lentil is another variety that holds it’s shape and has a nice meaty texture to it.
You can also use brown or red lentils. Both of these varieties produce a “mushy” sort of texture. The red lentils were the perfect variety for my Red Lentil Meatless Mock Tourtiere. A GREAT healthy alternative to the French Canadian classic dish.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly meal that is healthy and nutritious, try this Puy Lentil Recipe. I guarantee even the meat lovers will not miss the meat in this delicious healthy pasta sauce.
What is YOUR favourite lentil recipe? I would love to hear from you. Let me know how you like my healthy Puy lentil pasta sauce.
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Puy Lentil Recipe Healthy Pasta Sauce
For the Puy Lentil Sauce:
- 1 cup Puy lentils (rinsed)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 ounces onion (diced)
- 7 ounces red pepper (diced)
- ¼ teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 5 ounces goat cheese (I used herb flavoured)
- salt & pepper (to taste)
- fresh thyme (for garnish)
- Heat the oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the onions and cook for 5-7 minutes.
- Add the peppers and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
- Add the seasonings, broth, and lentils.
- Bring to boil, reduce to medium and cook until done (about 30 minutes). Mix several times during the cooking process.
- When done, add the goat cheese. Mix to combine the cheese in the sauce.
- Remove from heat.
- Spoon over your choice of pasta.
- Garnish with fresh herbs.