Creamy Sauteed Mushrooms and Spinach with Quinoa Red Lentil Pasta

Mushroom and Spinach Red Lentil Pasta

I have another quick and fabulous lunch option for you! I recently tried this new lentil quinoa pasta and LOVE it! It is gluten-free, hearty, full of fiber, cooks quickly, and is delicious! I wanted to top this pasta with a yummy vegetable sauce, so the recipe follows with what I came up with. I hope you eat mushrooms – white button mushrooms to be more specific – they are a top cancer fighter and full of antioxidants. They add such a wonderful “meaty” element to any dish and they act like a sponge for flavor, so they are an excellent vehicle to cook with. This pasta dish is creamy, flavorful, filling, and healthy. A delicious lunch that can be made quickly and enjoyed fully!

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1 package Ancient Harvest Gluten-Free Lentil & Quinoa Supergrain Pasta (I used the red lentil variety)

drizzle of grape seed oil

1/4 cup shallots or sweet onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 cup white wine

8-ounces white button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

5 cups baby spinach

Sauce

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup cannellini beans

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1/4 teaspoon oregano

splash of fresh lemon juice

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions, except don’t add oil to the water – add salt! It’s best to cook your pasta while you are cooking the vegetables, so the pasta will remain hot and be ready for the sauce. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and drizzle in a bit of grape seed oil. Add shallots and saute until softened. Add in garlic clove and saute just until fragrant – about 30 seconds. Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Add in the mushrooms and saute until they achieve a nice golden color. Add in the spinach and saute until it just starts to wilt. Pour sauce over the mushrooms and spinach and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve pasta in bowls topped with some sauce. Enjoy!

 

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