Difficulty level Easy
YIELD Serve 6
Yesterday I did a post for my daughter who requested some legume recipes that she could make at her university apartment. I started out with a bean and cauliflower salad, and hinted that there may be more legumes to come this week. As I have mentioned before, my husband isn't totally keen on lentils, so I've cut back a bit on serving them, but in the interests of Emma's healthy eating, I decided to try a new recipe.
Now I have a confession to make. In an attempt to make lentils more palatable for my husband, I did something I've never done before. I took a totally healthy vegetarian dish and added bacon. Not just any bacon, but some magnificent pancetta that my son brought from the store he works in. It was just a bit, but enough to elevate this dish from nice-tasting to really delicious. If you have trouble getting the carnivore in your family to eat legumes, maybe this is a way to do it. My husband said he'd eat this dish anytime. The other important element to this dish is letting the onions cook slowly until they caramelize.
|1/3 cup||olive oil|
|1 oz||pancetta (optional)|
|3 large||onions, thinly sliced (2 lb total, 7 cups)|
|2||garlic cloves, chopped|
|1/8 teaspoon||black pepper|
|1||Turkish or 1/2California bay leaf|
|1 cup||French green lentils|
|1 lb||orecchiette, fusilli, or penne|
|2 bags||baby spinach (5-oz)|
|1 1/2 oz||finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)|
From the December 2003 issue of Gourmet
Blackened Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa from Hunt's features blackened grilled fish, served with a mango and tomato salsa. Jonathan of Vero Beach, Fla. won 4th place in the Hunt's 'Best Meals. Best Moments. Recipe Contest' 2009 for his Blackened Mahi Mahi recipe.
In Baked Stuffed Ravioli from Hunt's, meatballs and cheese ravioli in a rich tomato sauce under a layer of creamy mozzarella cheese. It makes a great weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy.