Penne With Quinoa-Lentil Meatballs

recipe
  • Yields
    8 servings
  • Prep Time
    25 MIN
  • Cook Time
    35 MIN

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pure olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound baby bella mushrooms, stemmed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup roasted and salted pepitas
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked and cooled truRoots® Organic Sprouted Green Lentils
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled truRoots® Organic Sprouted Quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 (8 oz.) truRoots® Ancient Grains Organic Penne
  • 4 cups prepared marinara sauce
  • 4 large fresh basil leaves, chopped

Instructions

  1. HEAT 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onions, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms have softened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in garlic, Italian seasoning and chili flakes. Cook until fragrant. Remove from heat. Cool mixture.
  2. PULSE pepitas in food processor bowl until finely ground. Add mushroom mixture and half of lentils. Pulse 5 to 8 times or until finely chopped. Transfer to mixing bowl. Add remaining lentils, quinoa, flour, cheese and parsley. Mix to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Shape into 16 balls. Clean skillet. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in skillet over medium heat. Cook half of meatballs, using a spatula to gently release meatballs from pan. Turn meatballs occasionally, until golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with remaining meatballs, adding additional oil, if necessary. Tent with foil to keep warm.
  3. COOK pasta in large pot of boiling water salted water, just until al dente. About 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. Heat pasta sauce in medium saucepan, over medium heat, until warm. Place serving of pasta on dinner plate. Top with several meatballs, marinara, basil and additional cheese.
  4. *TO COOK LENTILS: BRING 1 1/2 cups water to boil in small saucepan. Add 3/4 cup truRoots Sprouted Green Lentils. Reduce to simmer. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand covered for 4 minutes. Drain.
  5. **TO COOK QUINOA: BRING 2/3 cups water to boil in small saucepan. Add 1/3 cup truRoots Sprouted Quinoa. Reduce to simmer. Cover and cook 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.