Penne with lentils and mushrooms

Penne with lentils and mushrooms
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Hands-on time 40 min

A guaranteed crowd pleaser, this vegetarian pasta dish is made all the richer with the addition of castelluccio lentils and garlicky mushrooms.

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Nutrition: For 4

Calories
586kcals
Fat
33.4g (8.5g saturated)
Protein
23.7g
Carbohydrates
46.1g (3.1g sugars)
Fibre
3.3g
Salt
1g
Calories
586kcals
Fat
33.4g (8.5g saturated)
Protein
23.7g
Carbohydrates
46.1g (3.1g sugars)
Fibre
3.3g
Salt
1g

Ingredients

  • 200g castelluccio lentils (see Know-how)
  • 300g dried penne pasta
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 160g chestnut mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 200g passata 
  • 20g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, freshly grated
  • Finely chopped fresh flatleaf parsley to serve

Method

  1. Cook the lentils in boiling water according to the pack instructions until tender, about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring another large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the pack instructions until al dente.
  3. At the same time, heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the garlic cloves and fry for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms to the pan and stir-fry for 5 minutes, then remove the garlic cloves. Add the passata and cook for 10 minutes. Drain the cooked lentils, then stir into the tomato and mushroom sauce.
  4. Drain the pasta, add to the sauce and mix to combine. Stir in the grated cheese, then remove from the heat and serve sprinkled with a little chopped parsley.

This recipe is is from Gennaro’s Pasta Perfecto! Published by Pavilion Books. Grab yourself a copy here.

delicious. tips

  1. Leftovers will keep covered in the fridge for 1-2 days. Reheat in a pan with a splash of water until piping hot.

  2. Castelluccio lentils, from Umbria, look similar to puy lentils. They’re rich,
    full of flavour and hold their shape well once cooked. Buy them from Italian delis, online from carluccios.com, or use green or brown lentils instead.

Recipe By

Gennaro Contaldo

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