Vegan Lentil, Kale, and Red Onion Pasta


A simple, delicious, and versatile dish that is naturally vegan, but can be easily altered to accommodate both vegan and omnivorous eaters--excellent for family dinners and gathering where there will be people with a variety of food preferences.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • 2 ½ cups vegetable broth

  • ¾ cup dry lentils

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 large red onion, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 8 ounces vegan sausage, cut into 1/4 inch slices (Optional)

  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped

  • 1 (12 ounce) package rotini pasta

  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (Optional)


  1. Bring the vegetable broth, lentils, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and bay leaf to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Add additional broth if needed to keep the lentils moist. Discard the bay leaf once done.

  2. As the lentils simmer, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion, thyme, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and pepper. Cook and stir for 1 minute, then add the sausage. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the onion has softened, about 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the kale and rotini pasta. Cook until the rotini is al dente, about 8 minutes. Remove some of the cooking water, and set aside. Drain the pasta, then return to the pot, and stir in the lentils, and onion mixture. Use the reserved cooking liquid to adjust the moistness of the dish to your liking. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

732 Calories
17g Fat
112g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 732
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Sodium 1219mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 112g 41%
Dietary Fiber 19g 69%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 141mg 706%
Calcium 254mg 20%
Iron 10mg 55%
Potassium 1172mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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