My Kitchen is My Castle.

I have my own kitchen. Well, it’s not really my own and I only have it for two months, but I can do what I want in it. I can bake whatever I want. I can cook whatever I want. I have a Kitchen Machine!! It’s awesome. And because I now can cook all the things my family doesn’t like, I eat meals with lentils. A lot. And today, Lentil Bolognese it was. Oh and it’s yummy. (Deutsche Version.)

(You can find the original recipe (in German) here. I adapted it a bit.)
For about 2-3 servings, you need:

1 spring onion
1/2 clove of garlic
2 small carrots
1 leek
1 cup red lentils
1 tin tomatoes in pieces
some vegetable stock
salt and pepper, thyme, basil
olive oil

First, you dice the onion and the garlic. Cut the leek in rings and grate the carrots.

Put some olive oil in a pot and sweat the onion and the garlic. Put some vegetable stock in the pot and then add the lentils.
Let them cook for about 10 minutes – Maybe add some water because the lentils soak it up, but not too much! Stir every now and then.

Oh, how I love lentils.

Add the grated carrots and the leek rings. Stir properly and let it cook again for some minutes. Then, add the tomatoes.
Let all that cook again for 10-15 minutes, try in between if the lentils are soft enough.
Season to taste with salt pepper and thyme. I also put some special mixes spices in I brought from Italy, but I don’t really know what’s in there – It’s hot!

Well, and then, you need Pasta. I used spelt wholemeal noodles. Because I really like those.

And they have such a lovely shape! They’re called Torro di Pisa Pasta.

So cook the noodles in boiling salted water al dente and put them on a plate. Put the lentil bolognese on them and serve with some fresh basil on top.

Oh yummy. I love my kitchen.

(Happy Mother’s Day, Mum! Looking forward to a belated Mother’s Day evening with you.)


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