Al dente lentil pasta is the star in this simple gluten free pasta recipe. This pasta salad is full of black beans, scallions, roasted green chiles, and Mexican flavors. It makes a delicious healthy lunch or side dish. A dairy-free option also if you prefer a vegan pasta salad!
If you love salads as much as we do, you will want to check out all of my delicious healthy gluten free salads recipes.
(*This post is sponsored by Barilla but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.)
Spring is around the corner and I am so excited to share these easy gluten free pasta recipes with you!
Single Ingredient – Red Lentil or Chickpea”
If you haven’t tried Barilla’s new single-ingredient kinds of pasta, you need to!! I have tried healthy legume pasta in the past, but none have stayed al-dente like this pasta! Barilla’s new pasta comes in either red lentil or chickpea.
Are you ready for something great? Each pasta is made of either red lentil or chickpea…ONLY! They are made with one easy to pronounce ingredient. You won’t find weird ingredients like Xanthan Gum in this pasta!! If you are a stealthy mom like me, this pasta makes hiding healthy ingredients so easy!!
This pasta cooks firm and it has a real pasta flavor that will even fool your kids!
These lentil pasta recipes are not only naturally gluten free, but they are also vegetarian! I love being able to have an easy and healthy vegetarian lunch. This grain-free pasta holds up beautifully to sauces!
You can enjoy this pasta cold in a salad as I made, or hot with pesto, marinara, or a garlic sauce!
Healthy Pasta Dinner
You are going to love how easy this Mexican inspired gluten free pasta salad is to make!! In keeping this recipe healthy, this pasta salad is made with simple delicious ingredients:
- Barilla Red Lentil Pasta
- Greek yogurt
- Black beans
- Roasted green chiles
- Salt/pepper to taste
Are you ready to see how to make this red lentil pasta?
The first step is to boil your water. I add one teaspoon of salt to help it boil faster. When the water starts to boil, add the Barilla Red Lentil Pasta.
*Cooking Tip for Al-Dente Pasta: Here is my favorite tip to keeping this pasta al-dente…The secret is to do a cold water rinse after draining the pasta in the colander. If you leave hot gluten free pasta in a colander, it will continue to cook. A cold water rinse halts the cooking process so your pasta doesn’t overcook!
Add black beans, roasted green chiles, and scallions to a bowl. Mix well.
Gluten Free Pasta Salad Seasoning Sauce
Next, you want to mix the pasta salad seasoning sauce. Add Greek yogurt, salsa, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt/pepper.
Mix and then pour onto the pasta salad ingredients. Stir and mix well to coat all of the pasta.
Where can I take this gluten free pasta?
There are so many ways to enjoy this pasta salad. How about:
- school lunch
- work lunch
- pot luck
Want a bonus recipe? This Gluten Free Pasta has all of the good stuff, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, scallions…and YUM!
More Delicious Gluten Free Pasta Recipes:
- 9 ounces red lentil pasta, (1 box)
- 1 cup black beans
- 4 ounces roasted green chiles
- 1/4 cup scallions
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or dairy-free substitute
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Cook the pasta according to box directions.
- Dump the pasta into a colander and run under cold water to cool off the pasta. Move the pasta into a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, add yogurt, salsa, chili powder, salt, and garlic powder. Mix well.
- Drain and rinse a can of black beans. Add the beans to the pasta.
- Add the green chiles and pasta salad seasonings to the pasta and beans. Mix well.
- Serve chilled.
Every brand of pasta has different cooking instructions so please be sure to follow the directions on the package you have there.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 266mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 9gSugar: 3gProtein: 15g