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Easy Healthy Vegan Cheesy High-Protein Pasta

Easy Healthy Vegan Cheesy High-Protein Pasta

This Easy Healthy Vegan Cheesy High-Protein Pasta is packed full of protein and it’s gluten-free if obviously made with lentil/bean gluten-free pasta. One serving contains 41 grams of protein, and this recipe serves two. It’s also high in calcium from the sesame seeds and beans. As nutritional yeast contains all nine essential ammo acids, it provides complete plant protein.

The creamy, velvety cheese sauce is also nut-free, oil-free and grain-free. Try this quick and easy vegan cheesy protein pasta for a quick and satisfying meal.




I’m using red lentil fusilli in this recipe. This lentil pasta cooks in about 9 minutes and is firm after cooking, unlike many gluten-free pastas. It’s Made from 100% red lentil flour.

Bean and lentil pasta were only available at health food shops up until recently, but now they are quite inexpensive and available from regular stores. In the UK the pasta works out at 35p a portion! It’s easy to cook and tastes very similar to traditional wheat pasta.

Here I use sesame seeds in this recipe rather than any plant milk. You can use your favorite plant milk and omit the water if you prefer. When you’re using whole sesame seeds, always place them closest to the blade so that they get completely broken up and combined.

You can use regular gluten-free pasta if you prefer but for this recipe to have a high protein content do you need to use bean or lentil pasta.

Normal gluten-free pasta is often a mixture of potato, corn and rice flour. While it’s gluten-free, it’s full of refined carbohydrates and some stabilizers, so it’s not something that I consider healthy and nutrient-dense.

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Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

1 can/tin of white beans, 15oz/400g

2½ cups / 160g Bean / Lentil Pasta,or your favorite pasta

4 tbsp Nutritional yeast

½ cup / 120ml Water

1 Garlic clove

2 tbsp Sesame seeds

¼ tsp Turmeric

1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar

½ tsp Smoked Paprika

½ tsp Chopped Basil

pinch of Salt and Pepper

Method:

1. Drain the beans and place everything apart from the pasta into a blender and whizz until combined.
2. Cook the pasta as per instructions and drain.
3. Stir in the cheesy bean pasta sauce.
4. Serve with smoked paprika and basil sprinkled on top and also serve with tomato and avocado if you like!

Store any leftovers of this Easy Healthy Vegan Cheesy High-Protein Pasta in the fridge and enjoy within three days.

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