Lentil Pasta with Spicy Pepita Pesto

 
 Lentil Pasta with fresh basil-pepita pesto for an easy, gluten free family friendly weekday meal

Hey mama!

There's a lot to love about lentil-pasta.  

Not only is it made with 100% real food ingredients (not a bunch of weird additives like so many gluten free products), it's also naturally high in protein, fiber and folate, nutrients mamas (and developing fetuses), need a lot of to grow healthy and strong. 

Think of this dish as a superpower prenatal vitamin in the form of real food. 

And, seriously, it tastes so good! I have, on numerous occasions, tricked my husband into thinking its "real" pasta. 

This recipe is a favorite summer-time weeknight-dinner. It's light fresh, and ready to go in minutes. 

You were made for this! 

XO, 

Anna

PS For you mama-to-be with PCOS, you'll never miss the gluten or dairy in this meal! 


 healthy, high protein, gluten free pasta recipe

Gluten Free Lentil Pasta with Spicy Dairy-Free Pepita Pesto

ingredients

  • 2 cups dry lentil pasta
  • 4 cups kale, de-stemmed and shredded
  • Garnish: red chili flakes + extra drizzle of olive oil

Spicy Pepita Pesto (no cheese):

  • 4 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 jalapeno, diced and seeded (optional)
 The easiest healthy pesto recipe

Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente according to the package instructions. Toss in the kale with the hot pasta, then drain immediately. Set aside.
  2. Combine all the pesto ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. 
  3. Toss the cooked pasta & kale with pesto. Serve warm and garnish with red chili flakes and a healthy drizzle of olive oil. 
 The easiest cheese-free, dairy free pesto