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Shortcut Lentil Pasta Sauce for #WeekdaySupper

Recipe: Shortcut Lentil Pasta Sauce

Summary: Ready-to-eat lentils amp up the nutrition in jarred pasta sauce for a fast weeknight dinner. The hot pasta and sauce wilt the greens.


  • Melissa's Steamed Lentils on Shockingly Delicious [1]12-16 ounces short pasta (penne, gemelli or your favorite short shape)
  • 1 (24- to 26-ounce) jar favorite pasta sauce (I often use Gina Rispoli Arrabbiata Sauce)
  • 1 (17-ounce) package Melissa’s Steamed Lentils (or your favorite brand)
  • 6-10 ounces baby spinach or other tender greens
  • Garnish: Grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.Shortcut Lentil Pasta Sauce | www.ShockinglyDelicious.com [2]
  2. Meanwhile, add sauce and lentils to a medium pot. Cover and simmer over low heat while pasta is cooking.
  3. To serve, portion baby spinach leaves in the bottom of 4 wide, shallow dinner bowls. Drain hot pasta and immediately portion hot pasta into bowls on top of spinach. Ladle hot sauce over top.
  4. Serve the grated cheese at the table.
  5. Serves 4.


Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian, vegan
Diet tags: Reduced fat
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: Italian
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

Throughout the week, you can find the #SundaySupper food blogger team also sharing #WeekdaySupper meals. Getting families back to the dinner table is our mission, and I hope we inspire you to try some of our delicious recipes. You can find them on our Pinterest Boards [3], too. Please join us there and try something!

This week’s easy Weekday Supper recipes are:Weekday-Supper-Menu-1.27-1.31 [4]

Disclosure: Melissa’s Produce sent the lentils for recipe testing.