It’s no secret that Isa Does It is my favorite vegan cookbook, and that Isa Chandra Moskowitz is my favorite vegan chef. I have made many, many dishes from Isa Does It, and today I’m sharing a Vegan Test Kitchen post on her Lentil-A-Roni! This recipe is the BOMB.
Reasons why I love Isa’s Lentil-A-Roni:
- It’s so easy. It uses only 8 ingredients, plus salt/pepper.
- It’s inexpensive. The main ingredients cost about $3 to $4 total.
- It makes a TON. This could easily feed a family of four with leftovers.
- It’s easily modified to leave out the oil – just saute the onion in veggie broth or water instead!
- It’s creamy, velvety, and very filling.
- It’s kid friendly! This dish is not spicy at all, so it’s perfect for your little ones. It’s also perfect for my husband, who is not a fan of too much spice.
- One serving is approximately 330 calories. I need more calories than that for dinner, so I eat two servings. It’s nice not to have that be tons of calories.
- It’s beautiful. The pale rose sauce is flecked with thyme and looks so inviting.
The recipe calls for fusilli pasta, but I didn’t have any so I used penne instead. Still fantastic. I had all of the ingredients to make this already in my pantry and the dish came together in less than 20 minutes. The Lentil-A-Roni is very saucy, which I enjoyed. I simmered the sauce a few minutes longer than called for in the recipe to thicken it up to my liking. It does make a giant pot of food. I ate two servings, my friend ate two servings, and my husband ate one serving. After that, there was still enough for two containers of leftovers! Hello post-lunch pasta coma at work! 🙂
This Lentil-A-Roni recipe can be found HERE.
If you don’t have Isa Does It, you should buy it. This is not a sales pitch. If I was forced to give up all my beloved vegan cookbooks and only keep one, I would hang onto this one. I’ve never made a recipe from it that disappointed me. I’ve successfully fed Isa’s food to non-vegans on many occasions, including holidays. It’s been very well received every time. When I started cooking vegan food, I made quite a few terrible recipes that went straight in the trash. Isa has never let me down.
Vegan Test Kitchen is a way to share my collection of vegan cookbooks with you, my wonderful readers! This way, you can “try before you buy” on many recipes from the best vegan chefs out there.