Lemon and Roasted Garlic Pasta with Lentils

Lentils are such a versatile lunch or dinner option since they can be cooked in a variety of ways, but also bring lots of taste and texture to a meal. This special dinner recipe is on the healthier side, but still features filling flavours of lemon and garlic which will no-doubt have you going back for seconds!

Serves 3-4 and is a great option for those looking for a gluten-free and vegan alternative.

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Ingredients

3-4 cloves medium head garlic

1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil/ghee

Salt

1 medium head roasted garlic

1/2-2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

6 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/2-1 tsp salt and pepper

1 box gluten-free spaghetti

12 cups loosely packed baby spinach

2/3 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes

1 cup cooked black or green lentils

Topping options: sliced almonds, parsley or basil, lemon, salt and pepper, capers, fresh Parmesan cheese.

Method

For the roasted garlic:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF, and peel away the skin from the garlic until you can see the cloves.
  2. Drizzle with oil, sea salt and let it soak for 5-10 minutes before roasting it in the oven.
  3. Roast the garlic for 50 minutes in the oven until it is golden-brown in colour, and feels tender. Remove from the oven and leave it out to cool.

For the sauce:

  1. Mash the garlic heads in a medium bowl, then combine with 1/2 cup oil, teaspoon, salt, pepper into jar and shake well.
  2. Refrigerate the sauce until you’re ready to finally use it.

For the pasta:

  1. Cook pasta and lentils according to the directions, then sauté over medium heat with olive oil.
  2. Add the hot spinach and dried tomatoes before stirring the entire mixture for just 2-3 minutes.
  3. Now include the pasta and lemon sauce into the mixture, and season to your liking. Place 1/4 cup of lentils over each pasta dish, and serve with freshly chopped parsley, almonds and basil for a fresh pop of flavour.

Image and Recipe via Edible Perspective