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Penne with Red Lentils and Chard Recipe


  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 12 oz whole grain penne
  • 1 large bunch chard
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste


  • 1. Combine the vegetable stock, red lentils, garlic, and thyme in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the lentils for 20 minutes or until they are tender.
  • 2. While the lentils are cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the penne. Cook according to package instructions. Drain and set aside while you finish the sauce.
  • 3. When the lentils are tender, add the chard and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • 4. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cooking Tips

  • 1. Make this dish with quick-cooking spinach or arugula for a change. The arugula adds a nice peppery bite.

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