Lentils And Spaghetti Recipe

Step 1

Combine lentils with 2 cups of the broth in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until lentils are tender.

Step 2

Meanwhile, wash kale and remove woody stems. Slice leaves into thin strips, set aside. Mince ham and set aside.

Step 3

Heat olive oil in a wide skillet and add onion and garlic. Cook over medium heat about 10 minutes, then add cumin, red pepper flakes, kale and ham. Stir about 3 minutes, until kale is limp and reduced in size. Add cooked lentils and remaining broth. Cover and cook until tender. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente (cooked but a little firm to the bite), about 8 minutes. Drain well and put in a large bowl. Top with lentil mixture and toss. Sprinkle with cheese and serve. Serves 4-6. Serve with bread or rolls.

Things You'll Need

  • 1c Lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 3c Chicken broth, vegetable
  • -broth or water
  • 1lb Kale
  • 4oz Country ham (or other aged,
  • -lean ham), minced
  • 3tb Olive oil
  • 1md Onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, peeled and
  • -minced (about 1 t)
  • 1t Ground cumin
  • 1/2t Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 12oz Dry spaghetti
  • 1/2c Or so sharp, aged cheese
  • -such as Parmesan or Asiago

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