“Meaty” Tomato Sauce with Lentils and Walnuts

• 1 cup chopped yellow onion
• 3 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
• 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
• 3 cups water
• 1 1/2 cups green lentils
• 1 cup crushed walnuts
• 2 tablespoons fresh or dried oregano 1 tablespoon medium-high heat oil(canola, avocado, grape seed, olive)
• 1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper to taste

1. Heat the oil in a medium-sized pot on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes or until browned. Stir to avoid burning.
2. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and lentils and stir everything together.
3. Let simmer (covered) for 30-40 minutes.
4. Add crushed walnuts, salt, pepper, and oregano and stir well. 5. Serve over pasta of choice.
Serving Suggestion:
Top with dried basil leaves or more crushed walnuts for some added texture and flavor.

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