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Pasta With Lentils And Chard

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Ingredients
  Swiss chard 14 Ounce (1 Bunch)
  Lentils 1 Cup (16 tbs), rinsed, drained
  Onion 1 Medium, finely chopped
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), minced or pressed
  Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon, coarsely crushed
  Crushed red pepper flakes 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Coarsely ground black pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Linguine 12 Ounce (Dry Variety)
  Salt To Taste
  Neufchatel cheese 6 Ounce, diced (At Room Temperature)
Directions

Rinse chard well.
Trim off coarse stem ends; then cut stems crosswise into 1/4 -inch-wide strips and set aside.
Cover chard leaves and refrigerate.
In a 3-quart or larger electric slow cooker, combine chard stems, lentils, onion, garlic, cumin seeds, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
Pour in water.
Cover and cook at low setting until lentils are tender when mashed with a fork (6 to 7 hours).
Cut chard leaves crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide strips; stir into cooker.
Increase heat setting to high; cover and cook until chard is wilted and bright green (about 15 more minutes).
Meanwhile, in a 5- to 6-quart pan, cook linguine in 3 quarts boiling water just until tender to bite (10 to 12 minutes); or cook according to package directions.
Drain well; pour into a warm wide 4-quart bowl.
Season lentil sauce to taste with salt.
Add lentil sauce and Neufchatel cheese to linguine; mix lightly to coat well.
Offer Parmesan cheese to add to taste, if desired.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Slow Cooked
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Pasta
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
420 Minutes
Ready In: 
445 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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