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Red Lentil Puttanesca Pasta

with Rotini & Marinated Vegetables


In a new spin on puttanesca, we bring together the classic flavors; olives, capers, and oregano and blend them into a dressing that coats the roasted vegetables. We’ve chosen Castelvetrano olives for their mild brine and buttery texture. These ingredients top a red sauce that is actually made out of protein rich red lentils. Banza chickpea rotini holds onto the sauce while roasted asparagus, cauliflower, and endive add a bite that completes the dish.

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35 min


  1. ½ cup red lentils
  2. 2 tbsp tomato paste
  3. 1 tbsp capers
  4. 1 oz pepperoncinis
  5. 2 garlic cloves
  6. 1 oz Castelvetrano olives
  7. ⅛ tsp red chile flakes
  8. ½ tsp oregano
  9. 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  10. 8 oz Banza rotini pasta
  11. 6 oz broccoflower
  12. 5 oz asparagus
  13. 1 endive
  14. 2 tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil*
  15. Salt and pepper*
  16. *Not Included


  • Baking sheet
  • Small saucepan
  • Large pot


Begin the red lentil sauce

Set the oven to broil. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a small saucepan combine the red lentils, 1½ cups water, and tomato paste. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until lentils are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Mix the puttanesca dressing

Mince the capers, pepperoncinis, and garlic and add to a small bowl. Thinly slice the Castelvetrano olives. Add the sliced olives, red chile flakes, oregano, red wine vinegar, and 2 tbsp olive oil to the bowl. Season puttanesca dressing with salt and pepper, and stir well.

Cook the pasta

Once the water is boiling, add the Banza rotini pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 to 8 minutes. Reserve ¼ cup of the pasta water and drain the pasta. Return the rotini to the large pot.

Broil the vegetables

Cut the broccoflower into thin florets. Trim and cut the asparagus into 1 inch pieces. Trim the bottom of the endive, halve lengthwise, and roughly chop. Place the vegetables on a baking sheet and toss with 2 tsp olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place vegetables in the oven on the middle rack and broil until slightly charred, about 10 to 13 minutes.

Dress the vegetables

Once the red lentils are tender, add to the large pot with the pasta. Gently mix, adding the reserved pasta water as necessary to “loosen” it up. Season pasta with salt and pepper. Drizzle half of the puttanesca dressing onto the finished roasted vegetables and toss well to combine.

Plating time

Spoon the red lentil rotini into large bowls and top with the marinated vegetables. Drizzle pasta with any remaining puttanesca dressing.