- 2 cans lentils - drained and rinsed (keep separate)
- 1 can kidney beans - drained and rinsed
- oil or butter
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- l/2 - 1 leek - cut into chunks
- carrot - peeled & grated (Yes, I could have used the TMX to pulverise it, but 9 month-old Mr JA hates the loud noise)
- zucchini - peeled & grated
- 1/4 - 1/8 cabbage
- tsp salt
- tsp citric acid
- 1 - 2 tabs brown sugar
- put in garlic and leek into TMX and give it a quick whizz to chop
- scrape down and add butter
- Saute on 100 deg for 2 minutes on speed 1.
- Add 1 can of the lentils and kidney beans (retain a few beans to add whole later)
- A couple of whizzes on turbo will see it done
- Add carrot, cabbage, zuccini, peas (retaining a few), salt, citric acid and brown sugar
- Cook on 100 degrees for 20 minutes on Reverse Speed 1 (check it for water during the process and add a little if necessary)
- Give it another good whizz to get it all processed, it will somewhat resemble a mince. Slowly bring up to Speed 7 (careful, it's hot!) for about 30 seconds.
- Add the second can of lentils, few kidney beans and frozen peas.
- Cook on 100 deg for a further 10 minutes on Reverse Speed 1.
- Check and see if it's ready, if it's still tasting a bit 'cabbage-y', then keep cooking for perhaps another 10 minutes or so.
- Serve over penne or spiralli or spaghetti...
Verdict: This is not my favourite meal. But Ms C and Ms D and Mr JR all just polished it off and went for seconds. Mr frillypants also said it was the best yet, even though a bit sweet for him. There were tears as there was no more cooked pasta to keep going with for third helpings.
Tweeks: As I said, Mr frillypants thought this was too sweet, but that's his taste. I felt it needed the sweetening otherwise it was a bit too 'earthy', if that makes sense. The kids sure loved it! And that's the main thing. I need to do the pasta in the TMX, but this time used an old fashioned saucepan as I couldn't be sure how long it was going to take me to cook the sauce.
Without the TMX, just do all the above in a large saucepan, process it in a food processor or with a wand and then continue with it back in the saucepan.