This delicious Vegan Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes is dairy-free, oil-free, gluten-free and full of a rich and creamy lemon sauce. Fresh herbs take this dish up a notch and make it a healthy plant-based dish for any night of the week!
To all my lemon lovers out there, I wish you could see the giddy movement of my fingers typing out this post, because this recipe is soooooo delicious! I mean, really delicious. I am a HUGE lemon lover, so I really wanted a strong lemon flavor here and it's so lemony that it gives that almost pucker reaction tasting it straight out of the blender, but it's total perfection mixed in with pasta.
I don't think it's any secret how much I love pasta, due to the high amount of pasta posts I have on my blog. They are some of my most popular recipes. Case in point, the #1 recipe of all-time here, the Best Vegan Garlic Alfredo. We eat pasta weekly around here. So, when Explore Cuisine reached out to me asking if I wanted to create a pasta dish using several fresh ingredients and it be a really simple and fast dish, it practically screamed my blog theme, haha. As you know, I rarely ever do any of these types of post, but hey, I love pasta, so I was all in.
I have tried all 3 pastas and I really liked the Red Lentil Penne the best. It had a really nice firm texture that did not turn mushy like many gluten-free pastas can do. It does not taste like wheat pasta, it has a slight grainy mouthfeel, but it's barely detectable in the finished product. All the delicious lemon sauce, crunchy pine nuts and fresh herbs and sweet tomatoes really compliment the pasta beautifully!
Besides, it's a gorgeous dish, right??
Things that I like about these Explore Cuisine Pastas:
- they are great for those wanting healthy gluten-free options
- they are packed high in protein, beans, lentils and/or chickpeas
- high in fiber
- organic and vegan
- healthy, fresh and cooks super fast
- different shapes and styles to suit your individual tastes
- cooks within 10 minutes
HOW TO MAKE A VEGAN LEMON SAUCE
I wanted something a little different, but lots of flavor and lots of freshness in every bite. They wanted me to use 5 or 6 fresh ingredients. So, I decided a lemon sauce really bold in lemon flavor would be amazing. Especially since it is still so warm here. But not just any lemon sauce. I added a twist of fresh thyme, fresh garlic, pine nuts for buttery-ness and lathered it all over their fresh Red Lentil Penne Pasta. Then I tossed it with fresh parsley and sweet, blistery roasted cherry tomatoes.
For this really fresh and easy recipe you will just need 7 simple main ingredients:
- Explore Cuisine Red Lentil Penne Pasta
- fresh lemon juice
- raw pine nuts
- fresh parsley
- fresh thyme
- fresh cherry or grape tomatoes
How is that for simple?? I'm telling you, this is easily one of my favorite pasta dishes now! The whole finished dish is a party in your mouth. It's so fresh, healthy and whole food and plant-based. Bonus that it is oil-free.