Creamy Lentil Pasta (Vegan, Soy-free, Gluten-free)

Creamy Lentil Pasta (Vegan, Soy-free, Gluten-free)

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Having a 5 year son who is going through a picky stage now, I have to be creative in the way I prepare his meals. My son Daevyd loves pasta in any shape or form, I guess children are intrigued by their fun shapes. Well I know for certain that Daevyd doesn’t like cauliflower but he loves creamy sauces. I decided to incorporate cauliflower in the sauce and I figured that he wouldn’t even notice the difference. I also decided to add lentil stew for a nice twist, Daevyd enjoyed the pasta very much and as usual he thanks me for his meal after he finishes.

Lentil Stew

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry brown lentils, rinsed

2 cups Vegetable Broth

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon parsley

1/4 teaspoon basil

1/4 teaspoon sea salt or to taste

pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

In a medium pot, heat oil and saute onions and garlic and saute. Stir in lentils, add vegetable broth, coconut milk and tomato paste, thyme, parsley, basil and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer for 1 hour. Stir in salt to taste when lentils are tender.

Cauliflower Sauce

2 teaspoons coconut oil or water

1 tablespoon onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

2 cups cauliflower florets

3/4 cup water

1/2 cup cashews, washed and soaked for about 4 hours

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes

1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste

1 12 ounce package of brown rice pasta prepared according to package direction, drained

Steam cauliflower until tender and set aside. In a medium saucepan saute onions and garlic until tender, transfer to a blender along with the cashew, water, nutritional yeast flakes, salt and process until smooth and creamy. Add steamed cauliflower and blending until creamy. May need to add extra water. Pour sauce into prepared pasta and stir in lentil stew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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35 Comments
  1. Doran @ Haute Beauty Guide
    April 19, 2016

    Yum! I am allergic to soy and it is so hard to find meatless dishes that do not contain it. Doran @ HauteBeautyGuide.com

  2. Shannon Peterson
    April 18, 2016

    My son LOVES pasta and I definitely think he would enjoy this as well!

  3. Molly Kumar
    April 18, 2016

    This is a cool recipe to try. I love lentil and pasta and the combination together should be really delicious.

  4. victoria
    April 18, 2016

    Omg you’re so creative and I love this because it’s a gluten free. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  5. Kathy Kenny Ngo
    April 18, 2016

    I’d replace lentil with something else if I cook this. The beans will kill my gout. Aside from the lentil, everything else is good to go.

  6. Lisa Rios
    April 18, 2016

    My goodness this is such a delicious looking pasta & I love that it is gluten free as well. I love Lentils so much & this is a great combination of veggies all around, which my husband & kids will love so much!

  7. Ana Fernandez
    April 17, 2016

    So healthy and flavored pasta! Would love to try this for my sister

  8. Claudia Krusch
    April 17, 2016

    I love how you hid the cauliflower in that sauce. It sounds like a great meal.

  9. Becca Wilson
    April 17, 2016

    This looks so yummy and creative. I am not a huge meat eater and that sauce sounds to die for!

  10. Amy Jones
    April 17, 2016

    Looks so Yummy, the cauliflower sure gives it a rich flavor. Ill give it a try =)

  11. Ana De- Jesus
    April 17, 2016

    As a vegetarian this recipe pleases ne to a great degree. I love lentils but never thought of combining it with pasta.

  12. rika
    April 16, 2016

    I love pasta and lentil! This recipe looks tasty! can’t wait to try

  13. Bernadette Callahan
    April 16, 2016

    I happen to have all the ingredients, going to try this during the week.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 16, 2016

      Please enjoy, so yummy!

  14. Agnes Dela Cruz
    April 16, 2016

    As a Mom creativeness in cooking food for the kids is a must! Kids can be picky and they tend to like food over and over again not meeting the needed daily nutritional requirements.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 16, 2016

      That’s right, I have to always come up with ways to make healthy and delicious recipes. I have a 17 year old and a 7 year old at home so I have to be very creative!

  15. Victoria
    April 16, 2016

    This sounds and looks so yummy! My family loves pasta, but not a fan of veggies, so I’m definitely going to have to try this next week!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 16, 2016

      Please enjoy Victoria!

  16. Nicole Escat
    April 16, 2016

    That looks so really yummy! I will make this for Mother’s Day. Thanks for sharing!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 16, 2016

      That’s cool, do have a lovely day when it comes!

  17. Elizabeth O.
    April 16, 2016

    I love that it’s vegan as I don’t really eat meat. The recipe is packed and it sounds so tasty! I seriously can’t wait to try it at home.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 16, 2016

      Elizabeth, please enjoy!

  18. Heather
    April 15, 2016

    This looks good, I love lentils, especially the red ones, they cook up quicker!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 16, 2016

      Thanks Heather, love the red ones for the same reason but love the brown ones because of their hearty robust flavor in this dish!

  19. tara pittman
    April 15, 2016

    I love all the healthy ingredients in this pasta. It looks so good.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 16, 2016

      Thanks Tara, please enjoy!

  20. Joanie @ ZagLeft
    February 27, 2015

    That cauliflower sauce sounds fantastic and I love how you incorporated lentils into the recipe – such a creative dish!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 10, 2015

      Thanks Joanie it a very hearty dish!

  21. Kimberly Ann
    February 27, 2015

    What a creative way to pack in the nutrients!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 10, 2015

      Thanks Kimberly, creativity is the mother of inventions!

  22. Kristen
    February 26, 2015

    I love how you hid the cauliflower in that sauce. It sounds like a hearty meal.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 10, 2015

      Thanks Kristen, with picky eaters I’m always trying to hide the healthy foods.

  23. Jameson Fink
    February 26, 2015

    Jeez, I’d put that cauliflower sauce on a piece of toast. Sounds like it’s something you could use in a variety of ways.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 10, 2015

      Jameson yes its amazing what these sauces could be used on, pizza, nachos, lasagna etc. Just let your imagination run wild!

  24. Sheena @ Teabiscuit.org
    February 26, 2015

    Oh yum, this looks delicious, I’m gluten free and dairy free so it’s right up my street! :) just going to pin it, thanks!