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A bowl of orecchiette pasta mixed with lentils, asparagus spears, peas and leafy greens.

Spring greens and Spicy Lentils with Pasta

  • Author: Rachel Steenland
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Delicious green vegetables and spicy, aromatic lentils tossed through orecchiette. This pasta dish is so easy it will be on the table in 15 minutes. Dig in!




  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside. Keep warm.
  2. Place your skillet over medium heat. Add oil, lentils, nutritional yeast and spices, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until lentils are heated through.
  3. Add asparagus and snap peas to the lentil mixture. Stir well and cook for another 2 minutes (cover skillet with a lid to trap the heat  to help steam the asparagus and sugar snap peas). If the mixture becomes dry, add up to 1/4 cup of water. Next, add the baby peas and spinach/baby kale and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Finally, add your green veggies and spicy lentil mixture to the cooked pasta. Sprinkle with mint and stir to combine.
  5. Divide your Spring greens and Spicy Lentils with Orecchiette Pasta between six bowls. If desired drizzle with a little extra garlic infused olive oil. Enjoy!


  • Before you prepare this meal, be sure to start boiling a large pot of salted water (water with a pinch of salt).  Your 15 minutes starts when you pop the pasta into the water and start preparing the spring greens and spicy lentils.
  • Make sure you cook your vegetables quickly to help retain their vibrant color.
  • This dish tastes great hot or cold, so take leftovers for lunch the next day.
  • Nutritional information is to be used as a guide only as calories and nutrition vary between products and brands worldwide.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 493
  • Sugar: 5.4 g
  • Sodium: 301.3 mg
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 78.8 g
  • Fiber: 15.5 g
  • Protein: 21.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: spring greens, spicy lentils, orecchiette, green vegetables, pasta dish, lentils nutrition, vegan recipes