With lentils and chickpeas this no-oil vegan Italian tomato based spaghetti sauce recipe replaces a traditional meat based pasta sauce, with bold flavour! I've tested it on many non-vegans and they don't even realize, except wonder why it is so fat-free and lean.
Use this simple recipe as a dependable base and add additional items if you like, such as mushrooms or green peppers.
Put a large pot of pasta water on to boil. No salt or oil are necessary. No oil cooking, go! Read more here about why we cook with no-oil.
Drain canned lentils and chickpeas. Consider reserving the juice (called aqua faba) in the fridge as an egg replacement for future baking - like for my VeganEnvy.com amazing chocolate birthday cake recipe.
In a food processor - add drained chickpeas, drained lentils, garlic cloves, canned diced tomatoes (with juice), oregano, basil, onion powder, salt, onion chunks, and thawed spinach nuggets. Blend on high until beans are no longer recognizable.
I like to use frozen spinach nuggets, so I can easily portion out a little if I want - I always have some on hand in my freezer, like these ones. I got them a Wal-mart.
Empty sauce into a medium sized pot on medium heat. This sauce will splatter once it starts to bubble, so be prepared to cover it to protect your stove and yourself.
Once the sauce is bubbling, reduce heat to low, stir, cover and let simmer for 5 more minutes so that the onion is cooked through.
In the meantime, add whole grain spaghetti to the boiling pasta water. Set timer to cook according to directions, usually about 10 minutes.
Once the the 5 min on the sauce is up, while the pasta is cooking, stir the tomato paste into the sauce. The tomato paste makes the sauce thicker, so there is no excess liquid. It also adds a lovely rich red color and taste. Simmer a few more minutes or until pasta is ready.
Drain pasta and serve piled with generous portions of this delicious sauce!
Sprinkle with vegan parmesan cheese.
Vegetable side suggestions: steamed frozen peas and corn, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts.
Salad suggestion: spinach salad and balsamic dressing.