Red Lentil Pasta Vindaloo

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Indian inspired vegan pasta with warm sweet potatoes, spinach and walnuts in a vindaloo style vinaigrette

Recipe created by Chef Keith Brunell


Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta for 8 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a medium rondo, add olive oil and then heat the sweet potatoes, toasted walnuts and fresh spinach in the pan for about 3-4 minutes.

Step 3

Add Vegetable Stock, then immediately add the Vindaloo Vinaigrette, mix ingredients quickly.

Step 4

Add hot cooked pasta to the Vegetable and Vindaloo mixture, turn off the fire and remove from burner and gently toss pasta and ingredients ensuring not to overwork them whereas the sauce can become starchy.

Step 5

Gently place pasta into a 2-inch deep full hotel pan or plate individually in bowls.

Step 6

Drizzle with additional Vindaloo Vinaigrette on and around the pasta.

Step 7


Step 8

Method of Preparation Vindaloo Vinaigrette

Step 9

Heat the lentils and water in a small saucepan on a low simmer for 10-12 minutes. Remove from fire and cool at room temperature. There will be a lot of water left and do not discard.

Step 10

Place into a Food Processor or blender. Add the Curry Powder, Chili Powder, Cumin Ground, Whole Cloves, Coriander Ground, Fresh Ginger, Fresh Turmeric, Fresh Garlic, Honey, Cider Vinegar and blend for 1 minute to emulsify all ingredients.

Step 11

Slowly add Olive Oil and Canola Oil until the dressing is completely emulsified.

Step 12

Season with Kosher Salt and reserve. May be refrigerated for up to 7 days.

Step 13

Method of Preparation Sweet Potatoes Roasted

Step 14

Preheat convection oven to 450 – 475-degree oven. On a parchment-lined half sheet tray, mix diced sweet potatoes with 1 tsp of Canola Oil and then evenly distribute on the tray, gently season with Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper. Cook on high heat for 13 – 15 minutes until they begin to caramelize, firm up, yet soft on the inside. They will carry over, so do not overcook.

Step 15

Chef Notes

Step 16

Pasta may be partially cooked with 1-minute remaining on the cooking time and removed from boiling water, strained and tossed with 2 tsp. of neutral oil like canola and placed onto a small sheet pan. This stops the cooking process and allows you to pre-cook the pasta if necessary (this helps when doing a larger portion or if you want to cook a few different dishes during the week). If using this method, reheat the pasta in boiling water for 1 additional minute when you begin to prepare the dish.

The pasta is meant to be hot but not piping hot and overworked as the starches can seize up. Gently heat ingredients and toss ingredients.

There will be extra sauce leftover. You may increase the amount of heat in the sauce by adding red chili flakes or fresh chili peppers.


  • 3 lb Barilla Red Lentil Penne, cooked
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 9 oz sweet potatoes, diced ¾” roasted, see recipe below
  • 9 oz walnuts, halves roasted
  • 6 oz spinach, fresh, destemmed
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 18 oz vegetable stock
  • 12 oz Vindaloo Vinaigrette, prep
  • 6 tbsp Vindaloo Vinaigrette, prep
  • Vindaloo Vinaigrette
  • ¾ cup red lentils, dried
  • 2 ¼ cup water
  • 6 tbsp curry powder
  • 6 tbsp chili powder
  • 6 tbsp cumin, ground
  • 12 ea whole cloves
  • 3 tbsp coriander, ground
  • 2 ½ oz ginger fresh, peeled and rough chopped
  • 2 ½ oz turmeric fresh, peeled and rough chopped
  • 2 ½ oz garlic clove, peeled and rough chopped
  • 9 tbsp honey
  • 1 ½ cup cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
Chef Recommended Cuts

Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 170g
Servings Per Container

Amount Per Serving
Calories 490
Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g
Saturated Fat 3.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 350mg
Total Carbohydrate 50g
Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 9g
Protein 17g

Vitamin A %
Vitamin C %
Calcium 72%
Iron 5%
Allergy Information: Contains Egg, Fish, Milk, Peanut, Shellfish, Soy, Tree Nuts, Wheat. May also contain Crustaceans, Gluten Mustard, Sesame Seeds.
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.