High Protein One-Pan Pasta

High Protein One-Pan Pasta

by Briona Adams

One-pot meals are the savior of weeknight cooking! It's pasta and lentils simmered in crushed tomatoes, finished with lots of chopped kale, saffron, swirls of tahini and chopped almonds. It's a total crowd-pleaser, and leftovers are A+ as well.


  • .86 pounds Sprouts Bulk Hot Italian Chicken Sausage
  • 1 tablespoon Avocado Oil or EVOO
  • 8 ounces Barilla Protein Plus Penne
  • 12 ounces Cherry Tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 9 ounces yellow onion sliced thin
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic (heaping teaspoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil (plus more for garnish)
  • 85 grams Trader Joe's Organic Power to the Greens
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes (optional)


  1. Add pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red pepper flake, salt, black pepper, water and basil to sausage. Increase heat to high, and stir pretty constantly until pasta is al dente and/or water has nearly evaporated.
  2. Remove basil sprigs. Add greens and stir until wilted.
  3. Divide into four portions and serve with Parmesan and fresh basil and more fresh cherry tomatoes (if desired).