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Red Pepper Pasta Bowls with Barilla® Red Lentil Spaghetti

This blog post is sponsored by Barilla® but all opinions are my own. 
Easy, light, and tasty, these colorful Red Pepper Pasta Bowls consist of Barilla® Red Lentil pasta that is gently sauteed with onions, garlic, and red bell peppers and served up with purple cabbage, corn, and peas.

homemade red pepper pasta bowls

My daughter loves a bowl of pasta. So much so that when she was a toddler, she would work her way through a bowl of spaghetti by eating one spaghetti strand at a time.

I am not sure where she got that idea from. Maybe from The Lady and The Tramp? Or maybe she was trying to cleverly avoid the bits of broccoli I tossed into the spaghetti I served her? Or, maybe she was trying to make that bowl of spaghetti last as long as possible?

When I ask her about her toddler-spaghetti-eating ways, she just smiles and shrugs. Thankfully, she doesn’t still eat spaghetti one strand at a time. But, she still loves it!

And speaking of spaghetti and pasta, when I came across Barilla® Red Lentil pasta at the Publix near me, I had to grab a package to bring home to try. Barilla® pasta is a favorite in our home. Over the years, we have enjoyed Barilla® Collezione Orecchiette with mushrooms and sundried tomatoes. And, when Barilla® launched a gluten-free line, we were quick to try their gluten-free penne with a creamy butternut squash sauce.

ingredients to make red pepper pasta bowls

Over the past 140 years, Barilla® has been creating delicious pasta, with several varieties that can be enjoyed by people with a variety of dietary needs. And, their Red Lentil and Chickpea versions give health-conscious food lovers a nutritious way to add variety to their pasta dishes, salads, and soups!

With one simple ingredient (you can pronounce) – chickpea or red lentil flour, Barilla® Chickpea and Red Lentil pasta offer a delicious taste and cooks up perfectly “al dente” every time. They have 23g of protein per 3.5oz serving and are an excellent source of fiber. Barilla® Chickpea and Red Lentil pasta are all certified gluten-free and non-GMO Project Verified.

And, by the way, Barilla® Red Lentil Spaghetti is the 2021 People Food Awards Winner!

making red pepper pasta

Since my daughter moved out of state to pursue her Master’s, I have been trying to stay as busy as I can. Staying busy means I want meals that are quick, easy, and scrumptious. So, I decided to use some of the Barilla® Red Lentil pasta I brought home to make these quick, easy, and scrumptious Red Pepper Pasta Bowls.

What are the ingredients to make these Red Pepper Red Lentil Pasta Bowls?

These Red Pepper Red Lentil Pasta Bowls are made with the following 9 ingredients:

Barilla® Red Lentil Spaghetti,
Red bell pepper,
Purple cabbage,
Lime, and

easy delicious gluten-free red pepper pasta

I wanted to really taste the red lentil pasta so I opted to not use a lot of other ingredients. This simple recipe is quite versatile too. You can easily substitute the peas, corn, and purple cabbage for beans, carrots, and maybe some pan-roasted mushrooms or any of your favorite veggies or meats.

I have got to say, I understand why Barilla®’s Red Lentil Pasta won that award. It holds up well even though I boiled it a little over the 7-minute package recommended time and then added it to a hot pan with the sauteed onion, garlic, and red bell pepper.

easy delicious gluten-free red pepper pasta bowls

When I make my next batch, I might toss Barilla® Red Lentil Pasta with some of this spiced creamy butternut squash sauce. Or, I might grab some Vero Gusto® pasta sauce and enjoy it with that.

Barilla®’s current premium Vero Gusto® pasta sauce is made from tomatoes grown in Italy, the very heart of the Mediterranean. Each sauce is made with a simple list of delicious ingredients, nothing artificial and no added sugar,* to deliver true taste, no compromises, for shareworthy Mediterranean meals. Combine Barilla® Chickpea or Red Lentil pasta with Vero Gusto® pasta sauce to enjoy meals that are both good for you and good for the planet.

quick easy plant-based dinner

If you are looking for tasty gluten-free pasta, I urge you to try out Barilla® Chickpea and Red Lentil pasta. You can find Barilla® Chickpea and Red Lentil pasta in the pasta aisle at Publix and several other stores.

Love pasta? Then make sure to check out these other pasta dishes:

homemade red pepper pasta bowls

Red Pepper Pasta Bowls

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Easy, light, and tasty, these colorful Red Pepper Pasta Bowls consist of Barilla® Red Lentil pasta that is gently sauteed with onions, garlic, and red bell peppers and served up with purple cabbage, corn, and peas.


  • 1 box of Barilla® Red lentil Spaghetti,
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic,
  • 1 yellow Onion,
  • 1 Red bell pepper,
  • ¼ of a small Purple cabbage,
  • ½ cup frozen Peas,
  • ½ cup frozen corn Corn,
  • ½ Lime, and
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Parsley!


  1. Peel and chop the onion and garlic cloves.
  2. Clean and chop the red bell pepper, discarding the interior seeds and veins.
  3. Thaw the frozen peas and corn by placing them in bowls of warm water for 5 minutes or until warm.
  4. Clean and dice the purple cabbage and set it aside.
  5. Add oil to a pan and add in the chopped onion and garlic and saute for about 9 minutes over a medium flame/heat. Make sure to stir often so the onion/garlic doesn’t burn.
  6. While onion/garlic are sauteing, bring a pot of water to boil.
  7. When water is boiling, drop the pasta in there and boil for 7-8 minutes or until “al-dente.”
  8. When onions and garlic are lightly browned and in the red bell pepper and saute for about 3 minutes. When done, turn off the stove.
  9. When pasta is ready, drain, and toss the pasta into the onion/garlic/red bell pepper mixture, squeeze in half a lime, and season with salt and pepper. 
  10. Sprinkle in the parsley.
  11. Then toss until all ingredients are well incorporated. 
  12. Serve with the thawed peas, corn, and chopped purple cabbage.
Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 521Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 0mgSodium 46mgCarbohydrates 82gFiber 16gSugar 14gProtein 20g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an approximation only. Savory Spin makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Please do consult a professional nutritionist for more accurate information. Please do keep in mind that prep times, cooking times, etc, are provided as guidelines as there are so many variables at play.

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Thursday 30th of September 2021

Oh red lentil pasta. I need to find this. I love lentils. What a great idea for a gluten-free pasta choice.


Thursday 30th of September 2021

Such a vibrant and colorful pasta. My kids loved it!


Thursday 30th of September 2021

I just love all these new alternative pasta options! The red lentil is so great - my new to go instead of the rice based ones. Great colorful plant based meal!


Thursday 30th of September 2021

What a great way to use pasta. I love how vibrant this dish looks.


Thursday 30th of September 2021

This looks so delicious and healthy. I will have to look for that pasta at my grocery store. Hopefully I can find it because I really want to make it.

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