Creamy Red Lentil Penne Skillet


You guys! I’m back with another fantastic ONE pot wonder – dinner for you! But even better than that, this Creamy Red Lentil Penne Skillet is Gluten Free and it’s also packed full of protein, iron and fiber thanks to this awesome one-ingredient Red Lentil Penne from Uddo’s Kitchen!


Creamy Red Lentil Penne Skillet

So you’re probably wondering… What on earth is a Red Lentil Penne, and how on earth is it just ONE INGREDIENT?!?!

I was curious too. The one ingredient is Red Lentil Flour, which makes this hearty pasta dish gluten free!

Creamy Red Lentil Penne Skillet

Now, I’m lucky enough to not have a gluten intolerance, but I do have some close family and friends who are Celiac, so I truly appreciate this pasta as a great alternative for them.

But what I also love is that it’s packed with 14 grams of protein, non-gmo and less than half the amount of carbs and calories compared to a traditional pasta!

Creamy Red Lentil Penne Skillet

Now you’re thinking – How does it taste? Does it taste like normal pasta?

Yes, yes it does!

In fact, I could not even tell a difference in taste or texture compared to a traditional penne. I cooked it to a perfect al dente for this creamy and delicious skillet meal, and it was quickly gobbled up by me and my kids.

Creamy Red Lentil Penne Skillet

I loved how quickly this meal came together too.

First of all – bacon.

I cut up 5 strips of bacon and cooked them until they were nicely browned and crispy. I removed about 1 strip worth of bacon with a slotted spoon and set that aside for later.

Once the bacon was crisp I tossed in some garlic, the Red Lentil Penne a little chicken broth and water and let that simmer. A few minutes before the penne was finished cooking I added about 2 cups of trimmed brussel sprouts and stirred that in. If you’re not a fan of brussel sprouts you could add in frozen peas, fresh green beans, or even some sliced zucchini.

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Once the brussel sprouts have become tender and the pasta is cooked fully, stir in a nice helping of heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Stir it until heated through and you’re all set for a delicious and filling dinner.    —With only one pot to clean!!!!

Creamy Red Lentil Penne Skillet

Now you’re wondering –  Where can I get my hands on some of this awesome Red Lentil Penne?? 

This stuff is currently being sold nationally at select Sam’s Club and at Costco Northeast and on Amazon!

But lucky for you, I’m giving away 6 boxes of this amazing pasta today!

That’s 12 {12oz} bags of Gluten Free pasta!! You’re definitely going to want to try this one!

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Creamy Red Lentil Penne Skillet

This Creamy Red Lentil Penne Skillet is a delicious one skillet meal packed with flavor!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 647 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 5 thick cut bacon, strips, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 12 oz. Udders Kitchen Red Lentil Penne
  • 14.5 oz chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups brussel sprouts*, trimmed and halved
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, shredded


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the bacon until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove about 1/4 cup of bacon and set on a paper towel lined plate. Save for later.
  • Carefully add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Drain the fat from the skillet and return to the stove top over medium-high heat.
  • Add the penne, chicken stock, water, salt and pepper to the skillet. Stir and bring to a small boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover for about 7 to 8 minutes. Toss in the brussel sprouts* and stir to combine. Cover and cook an additional 5 to 6 minutes or until the penne and brussel sprouts are tender.
  • Pour in the heavy cream and parmesan cheese and stir for 2 minutes, until heated through. Sprinkle the remaining crumbled bacon on top before serving. Enjoy!
* If you're not a fan of brussel sprouts, try replacing it with 1 cup of frozen peas or 1 1/2 cups of fresh green beans or 1 1/2 cups of sliced zucchini.


Calories: 647kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 896mg | Potassium: 1195mg | Fiber: 28g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 738IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 7mg
Keywords: brussel sprouts, cream, One skillet, penne pasta, red lentil
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disclaimer: General Mills provided me with Uddo’s Kitchen Red Lentil Penne to sample and is compensating me to create a delicious dinner recipe. General Mills is providing the product for the giveaway. Only open to US residents. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make I Wash You Dry possible!  

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
37 Responses
  1. CG

    This was very good indeed. I roasted my Brussels sprouts in the oven and added them at the end — they were great to have a bit carmelized. Trader Joe’s now carries a whole variety of gluten free pastas, including a red lentil one. So good!

  2. Susan

    This pasta (the entire dish really) sounds delicious! I’m don’t have an intolerance either but I have family that does and it’s always nice to have something around that tastes good to serve to them or to suggest as an option. Plus it doesn’t hurt to give yourself a break from the gluten once and while anyway, right?

  3. Gina | Running to the Kitchen

    I love playing around with new to me pastas. I’ve found out that I actually prefer brown rice pasta to normal pasta lately so I’m betting I’d LOVE red lentil pasta, how fun! And this creamy skillet? Yes, please!

  4. Susan Broughton

    My favorite sauce is Alfredo sauce but because of the fat and calories in it I don’t get to eat it that often

    1. Shawn

      You should try this recipe Susan, the sauce is Alfredo-like but if you use a half and half instead of the heavy cream you can cut down on the fat and calories by a lot!

  5. Carla

    Never heard of red lentil pasta, but now I want to try it. I’m fortunate not to have any gluten intolerances; I just like that it’s made out of lentils.

  6. Laura

    Mmmmm I won’t be able to get any of that pasta living in England but I have sprouts to use up so you’ve given me a wonderful idea 🙂

  7. Emma

    This looks so amazingly good! I am right into Brussel Sprouts at the moment (even if everyone else in my family doesn’t like them!!) Maybe this recipe will convert them??

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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