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Make This 5-Ingredient Lentil Pasta In 10 Minutes, For Less Than $15, For 5 People!

If you've tuned in to Z Living's exciting new show The Big Fat Truth, you've seen this recipe in action — in the show, host JD Roth challenges show participant Ryan Benson in a race against the clock: Can JD make this healthy plant-based lentil pasta dinner faster and cheaper than Ryan can pick up fast food for his family of five?

   This is the very recipe JD Roth creates for Ryan Benson and his family in the show. And given that it takes approximately 10 minutes, costs less than $15, and can feed 5, you'll want to make it one of your go-to meals! Even better, this meal fits the whole food, plant based diet that all participants of The Big Fat Truth follow — with some astounding results — and is an excellent way to try your hand at creating a plant-based meal yourself.

A tip straight from JD Roth: Use really ripe tomatoes for this recipe — they're the tastiest, and you want their juice to make a perfect sauce.


  • 1 package brown rice pasta
  • 3 chopped ripe tomatoes 
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 8 - 12 shredded basil leaves
  • Premade or prepackaged black or green lentils
  • Veggie broth for sautéeing 
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. 
  2. Heat a very small amount of broth (about 3 tbsps) in a pan. Add the chopped onion. Sauté and keep adding broth a few tablespoons at a time until the onion is soft and almost cooked all the way. 
  3. Add chopped tomato and cooked lentils. Mix until combined well. 
  4. Add shredded basil and toss until wilted. 
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  6. Serve lentil bolognese over pasta and enjoy.