Red Lentil Penne with Gorgonzola Sauce, Walnut, Apple, Mint

Red Lentil Penne with Gorgonzola Sauce, Walnut, Apple, Mint #glutenfree

Red Lentil Penne, Gorgonzola Sauce
Granny Smith Apple, Toasted Walnut, Fresh Mint

Gorgonzola, Granny Smith apples, and toasted walnuts have a particular affinity for each other. Here they are paired with gluten-free penne for a satisfying wholesome meal with higher protein, higher fiber, and lower net carbs. Explore Cuisine penne is made in Italy and comprised of only two ingredients: organic red lentil flour (73%) and organic brown rice flour (27%). Cool mint adds a note of freshness and counterbalance to the rich gorgonzola sauce while apple cut into allumette shape makes for a jaunty presentation.

Gluten-Free Red Lentil Penne Recipe

Red Lentil Penne with Gorgonzola Sauce, Walnut, Apple, Mint #glutenfree

Gorgonzola Sauce
  • 1 T. butter
  • 1 T. shallot, fine dice
  • 1 T. gluten-free flour (such as Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose)
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 4 oz. gorgonzola, crumbled, divided – reserve a few tablespoons for garnish
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • a few grates of whole nutmeg

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add shallot and cook until very soft but not brown. Whisk in flour and cook for one minute. Raise heat and slowly add milk, whisking. Bring mixture to barely a boil. Turn down heat and whisk until slightly thickened. Add gorgonzola. Whisk until cheese is melted. Season with pepper and nutmeg.

Penne Recipe
  • 1 box Explore Cuisine Red Lentil Penne – cooked, rinsed, drained
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ c. walnuts, chopped, toasted
  • fresh mint
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1 lemon

Slice mint leaves into a fine chiffonade. Reserve a few small leaves for garnish. Cut apple into allumettes (matchsticks) then toss with lemon juice and set aside.


Toss penne with a light amount of olive oil, salt and pepper. Plate penne in pasta bowls. Drizzle gorgonzola sauce over the penne. Sprinkle with walnuts, gorgonzola crumbles, and chiffonade of mint. Mound apple on top in the center. Garnish with mint leaves.

Red Lentil Penne with Gorgonzola Sauce, Walnut, Apple, Mint #glutenfree

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Red Lentil Penne with Gorgonzola Sauce, Walnut, Apple, Mint #glutenfree

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