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High Protein Easy Mushroom Pasta

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  • Author: Vicky & Ruth
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This easy, minutes-to-prepare mushroom pasta recipe creates a stylish dish that has as much color and meatiness as any hearty pasta Bolognese!


  • 1 - 8oz ( 227gr) box Explore Cuisine Red Lentil Spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 6oz (170gr)  tomato paste
  • 1 cup of red wine (pick a wine you would drink, see note 1 )
  • 16oz (228 gr) baby bella or white mushrooms, thoroughly washed and diced small
  • 8 ounces (228gr) fresh Shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, washed, and diced small
  • Salt and pepper to taste ( we used 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper)
  • Dried oregano to taste (we used 1 tsp)
  • Hot red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
  • Water or vegetable broth
  • A bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, regular or vegan (optional)


  1. Cook the red lentil spaghetti following the instruction on the box. Drain well.
  2. While the spaghetti cooks, heat the olive oil in a deep large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and  for 1 minute, stirring constantly
  3. Add the tomato paste and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the tomato paste starts to caramelize
  4. Carefully add the wine, and whisk well until it turns into a sauce, about 2 minutes
  5. Add all the mushrooms, salt, pepper, oregano, and hot pepper flakes, if using. Cook over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes (the mushrooms will release some liquid while cooking, adding flavor to the sauce)
  6. Add water or vegetable broth, if desired, to reach the preferred consistency for the sauce.
  7. Serve over cooked red lentil spaghetti, sprinkle with fresh parsley and regular or vegan parmesan cheese, if using


  1. Keep in mind that the alcohol in the wine will evaporate while it cooks
  • Prep Time: 8
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian / vegetarian


  • Serving Size: 1/4 dish
  • Calories: 249
  • Sugar: 8.8
  • Sodium: 331.6
  • Fat: 8.4
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 34
  • Fiber: 5.8
  • Protein: 12.3
  • Cholesterol: 0

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