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20 Minute High Protein Lemon Pasta

  • Author: Vicky & Ruth
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


This High Protein Lemon Pasta with Peas, Fennel, Toasted Hazelnuts and just a splash of white wine is a nutritious entree that is ready in 20 minutes. Made with red lentil penne, it packs 16 grams of protein per serving and a whole lot of flavor!


  • 1 8 oz pack Explore Cuisine Organic Red Lentil Penne
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 fennel bulb, diced small (about 1 1/2 cups diced)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, rinsed in cold water and drained
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • The zest of one lemon


  1. Cook the red lentil pasta following the package instructions and drain well
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large deep skillet. Add the fennel and salt and cook over medium high heat  for about 7 minutes or until it starts to caramelize
  3. Add the peas, white wine, lemon, oregano and pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Add the pasta and toss well. Top with hazelnuts, parsley and lemon zest right before serving
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 12


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 327
  • Sugar: 5.5
  • Sodium: 673
  • Fat: 8.3
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 49
  • Fiber: 8.4
  • Protein: 16
  • Cholesterol: 0

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