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Fresh Tomato Basil Red Lentil Penne

This post is sponsored by Barilla but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

This Fresh Tomato Basil Red Lentil Penne is a new family favorite recipe. The tomato sauce is completely homemade using fresh, flavorful ingredients. It is served over the top of Barilla's new legume based pasta, Red Lentil Penne. This dish is both healthy and delicious! Make it with me!

We are all seeking healthier options for ourselves and our families. There are so many “healthy” options available today, it’s difficult to know which products to try. And if you’ve tried a few of the healthier alternatives out there – chances are you’ve been let down by, poor taste and/or texture, or use several questionable ingredients (what is xanthan gum?!). Barilla has addressed this gap by introducing Legume based pasta. The new legume pastas are made from one simple ingredient (chickpeas or lentils). Plus, they have a superior taste and texture vs. similar products on the market today. 

Additionally, Barilla's new Legume Pasta provides other nutritional benefits, such as:
- Plant-Based Protein
- Fiber Rich
- Gluten Free
- Non-GMO Certified
- Vegetarian/Vegan
- Grain Free

I tried the Red Lentil Legume Pasta and loved it!! You can order this pasta in a four pack on Amazon! Which is great because after you taste this, you will want to order more than one! It's the best bang for your buck! Plus, it ships right to your door! Try the Red Lentil and Chickpea options and let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 
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Fresh Tomato Basil Red Lentil Penne 
Yields 4 servings

1 box Barilla Red Lentil Penne 
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil 
1/2 onion, sauteed 
2 cloves roasted garlic 
1 tablespoon italian seasoning blend
10 fresh basil leaves 
Salt & Pepper

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Wrap the garlic cloves in tin foil and roast in the oven for twenty minutes, until soft. 

Next, boil the Barilla Red Lentil Penne in salted water on the stovetop for 9 minutes. 

In a blender, add the cherry tomatoes, olive oil, sauteed onion, roasted garlic cloves, italian seasoning, fresh basil, and a dash of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Taste and add more salt & pepper if needed. 

Place the homemade tomato sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. Mix in the penne and cook until heated through. Serve hot. 

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