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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Protein-Packed Lentil Pasta with Superfood Marinara Sauce!

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protein packed lentil pasta with superfood marinara sauce

During the week, I’m always looking for meals that I can throw together with almost no effort at all. But most throw-together-meals lack fresh veggies and tons of produce. This week in particular was super hectic because of my book launch (!!!) which is available NOW on Amazon! And so I found myself in the kitchen on many nights at 6pm with a starving toddler and no meal in sight.

Enter: this amazing, veggie and lentil packed pasta (but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it!) This is the perfect recipe for kids who refuse to eat anything but pasta with red sauce because there are lentils, veggies and protein hidden in this recipe.

protein packed lentil pasta with superfood marinara sauce

So how did I do it? With the help of two very specific products: Tolerant Penne Pasta (which also comes in a green lentil version), and Cucina Antica Tomato Basil Sauce.

Let’s start with the pasta. I LOVE Tolerant pasta because it’s literally just made with 1 ingredient: lentil flour – but it tastes JUST like regular pasta! By making pasta from lentil flour, the pasta is gluten free and vegan, and has 11g fiber and 21g protein per serving! Talk about protein-packed. It looks like pasta, but you’re getting all the benefits of eating lentils. Score.

Now for the sauce.

I love Cucina Antica’s sauces because they are non GMO, have no sugar added, and are made with all natural ingredients. The Tomato Basil sauce is only 35 calories per serving and only has healthy fats added to it – which is perfect! I used it as the base for my superfood sauce.

To the cucina antica sauce I added: 1 box of baby spinach, 2 red peppers, 1 zucchini, 1/4 of an onion, 5 cloves of garlic, italian seasoning, salt & crushed red pepper to taste. I pureed it all together and it looked like this:

protein packed lentil pasta with superfood marinara sauce

How good does that look? And you can’t even tell there are a ton of veggies mixed into the sauce!

Then I topped it with parmesan cheese, and Layla gobbled it up and then asked for seconds.

The best part: all of it took about 20 minutes. And it was SO SO good.

protein packed lentil pasta with superfood marinara sauce

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Protein-Packed Lentil Pasta with Superfood Marinara Sauce!

I love this lentil pasta. It literally only contains lentils so it provides a protein punch to a vegetarian meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 305kcal


  • 8 oz of Tolerant Red or Green Lentil Penne
  • 25 oz jar of Cucina Antica Tomato Basil Sauce
  • 6 oz box of Baby Spinach chopped
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers diced
  • 1/4 of a Red Onion diced
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • Italian seasoning - to taste
  • Salt & crushed red pepper - to taste
  • Parmesan cheese 2 tbsp per serving


  • Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • In a medium sized pot, saute the peppers, onion, zucchini, spinach, garlic and spices (italian seasoning, salt, crushed red pepper) for about 5-10 minutes until soft.
  • Combine the cooked veggie mixture with 1 jar of Cucina Antica Tomato Basil Sauce in a blender. Blend until smooth. (Alternatively you can add the Cucina Antica sauce to the pot, and use an immersion blender to blend it together).
  • Combine the cooked pasta with the superfood sauce mixture. Top with parmesan cheese and serve.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 630mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 10g

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