Balsamic Basil Lentil Penne

Balsamic Basil Lentil Pasta Recipe


Vegan and Gluten-Free Balsamic Basil Lentil Penne Recipe 

This recipe for Balsamic Basil Lentil Penne is fresh, delicious and super simple to make. I only use one pot to cook the pasta and sauce in, which means less dishes in the sink as well. Balsamic Basil Lentil Pasta is made with fresh basil and tomatoes, so it is a perfect dish to enjoy in the summertime when these ingredients are plentiful and easy to come by - the minimal cooking time also helps on hot days when you don't feel like turning on the oven or standing over a hot stove for hours.

I have recently started incorporating more gluten-free foods into our diet. Not because anybody in our home is allergic to gluten, but because I want to incorporate more protein rich foods into our meals, and with a very picker eater who loves her pasta, it was suggested to me to try cooking with chickpea pasta or lentil pasta. I have to be honest, the first time I tried cooking with chickpea rotini, I mixed it in with some regular wheat based pasta, and my daughter ate around it; but since then, I have made chickpea rotini and lentil penne several times on their own, and my daughter has gladly finished her bowl of pasta, and I think they are delicious!

Balsamic Basil Lentil Pasta Recipe

Ingredients in Vegan and Gluten Free Balsamic Basil Lentil Penne:


The main ingredient in this gluten-free pasta dish, is of course the pasta. I use lentil penne in this recipe, but you could use any bite-sized pasta of your liking. I love the lentil pasta for a number of reasons mentioned above, but it works fantastically in this particular recipe because of the slight peppery flavor that the lentil penne has. If you opt for a wheat based pasta, and not lentil pasta, then I highly recommend adding a pinch or two of black pepper to make up for the flavor.

Tomatoes in this recipe could be substituted with grape or cherry tomatoes, just be sure to slice them in half so their juice gets a chance to mix in with the other ingredients. 

It is important to use fresh basil in this recipe, so if you don't have it, you'll be best to hold off and wait until you do. Dried basil simply won't do this dish justice; I promise, it's worth waiting for the fresh basil in this instance. 

Balsamic Basil Lentil Pasta Recipe


How to make this Vegan Balsamic Basil Lentil Penne Recipe:

This dish is super simple to make, and ready in just fifteen minutes. Bring a pot of water to a boil, then add the lentil pasta to the boiling water. Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the package (mine says approximately eight minutes). While the lentil pasta is cooking, dice the tomatoes and basil. 

Pour the pasta into a colander to drain the water, and then place the empty pot back onto the stove over medium heat. 

Add the olive oil, balsamic, nutritional yeast, tomatoes and salt, and then bring to a simmer. Add the pasta back to the pot and stir until the pasta is all coated. Stir the basil into the pasta, and serve! 


The Home Baked Vegan's Balsamic Basil Lentil Penne Pasta Recipe is:


Vegan
Gluten Free
Soy Free
Dairy Free
Egg Free
Refined Sugar Free

Balsamic Basil Lentil Pasta Recipe


Here is the recipe for The Home Baked Vegan's Balsamic Basil Lentil Pasta:



Ingredients:
1 Package Lentil Penne (300g) 
2 Vine Tomatoes, Diced
1/4 Cup Fresh Basil, diced (Approximately 10 Large Leaves)
1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
1/2 tsp Salt
Pepper to taste 


Method:

Cook lentil pasta as per cooking instructions on the package (or approximately 8 minutes in boiling water).

Pour the pasta into a colander to drain the water from the pot. Rinse the pasta with cold water. 

Transfer the empty pot back to the stove, over medium heat. 

Add the olive oil, balsamic, tomatoes, salt and nutritional yeast, whisking the ingredients together. Bring just to a simmer. 

Add the pasta back to the pot, and stir in the basil. Remove from heat.

Serve immediately. 

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Yield: 2 - 4
Author: Alexandra Tugade | The Home Baked Vegan
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Balsamic Basil Lentil Penne

Balsamic Basil Lentil Penne

Prep time: 5 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 15 M
This simple recipe for Balsamic Basil Lentil Pasta is gluten free and vegan, and made with fresh basil and tomatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Package Lentil Penne ( 8oz / 227g )
  • 2 Vine Tomatoes, Diced
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil, diced (Approximately 10 Large Leaves)
  • 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook lentil pasta as per cooking instructions on the package.
  2. Pour the pasta into a colander to drain the water from the pot. Rinse the pasta with cold water.
  3. Transfer the empty pot back to the stove, over medium heat.
  4. Add the olive oil, balsamic, tomatoes, salt and nutritional yeast, whisking the ingredients together. Bring just to a simmer.
  5. Add the pasta back to the pot, and stir in the basil. Remove from heat.
  6. Serve immediately.

Calories

399.85

Fat (grams)

15.04

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.12

Carbs (grams)

51.67

Fiber (grams)

11.78

Net carbs

39.89

Sugar (grams)

10.14

Protein (grams)

15.88

Sodium (milligrams)

600.76

Cholesterol (grams)

0.08
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