Red Lentil Pasta with Braised Short Ribs {giveaway} – The Foodie Patootie

Red Lentil Pasta with Braised Short Ribs {giveaway}

Today’s post is sponsored by General Mills, but my opinions are my own and I’m just grateful that they introduced me to this product, to be honest. Scroll to the bottom for a giveaway.

Red Lentil Penne Pasta with Braised Short Ribs

I’m starting to think my love for pasta isn’t natural. Aren’t you supposed to get sick of a food once you eat too much of it? Isn’t it the norm to be all like “I can’t even look at you” to the food you’ve been eating constantly? And then not eat that food again for a very long time? How can one be totally okay with eating pasta every single day?

All silly questions, of course. BECAUSE PASTA IS THE BEST FOOD GROUP.

The downside is that carbs are bad. I’m all living by a beach and eating so many carbs, you guys. Get.It.Together. And it’s summer. Gah! I’m the worst girl ever.

Red Lentil Penne Pasta with Braised Short Ribs

Given all of this, you can imagine how my whole WORLD was changed when I was introduced to Uddo’s Kitchen Red Lentil Penne Pasta. That’s right: red lentil. What’s that you say, that you’ve never heard of such a thing? Yeah, well, me neither. And now I’m imparting my wisdom onto all of you fine folk. (Also, this is a brand new product sold exclusively at select Sam’s Club stores nationwide – and Costco in the midwest so it’s totally normal if you haven’t heard of it.)

One ingredient pasta, imagine that. It’s natural, gluten-free, and an excellent source of protein. Weeks later, I still can’t even wrap my mind around it. Is this real life?

Red Lentil Penne Pasta with Braised Short Ribs

Now, my initial thought was that it would have some funky flavor. That Uddo’s Kitchen, bless their little hearts, would have tried so hard to create a one ingredient red lentil pasta and me, the most pasta loving of all pasta lovers, would be underwhelmed. But, in all sincerity, I cannot tell a difference. It’s magical.

So then I made a decidedly less than healthy dish with the healthy pasta, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is that just by substituting your normal penne for these maroon lovelies, you’re being better. And that’s always a win. Especially during beach season, am I right, ladies?

Red Lentil Penne Pasta with Braised Short Ribs

We have here a Red Lentil Penne Pasta with the most luscious braised beef short ribs you’ll find. There’s the flavors of thyme and rosemary and red wine and some tang from dijon mustard and saltiness from the parmesan cheese. When I tasted the first bite, I made sure to pat myself on the back, to be very honest with you.

This is one of those recipes that you should make on a weekend day because it’ll need to cook for about 3 hours in total. I made my beef and the sauce all in the dutch oven, added in the cooked pasta, and put it down right in the middle of the table so everyone could just dig in and enjoy.

It’s Sunday family dinner at its finest.

Red Lentil Penne Pasta with Braised Short Ribs

Red Lentil Penne Pasta with Braised Short Ribs

It's a trick! There is actually no (traditional) pasta in this dish. All the penne is made with red lentils. Plus, pair it with rich shredded beef and it's a dinner made in heaven.


  • 12 ounces Uddo's Kitchen Red Lentil Penne Pasta
  • 1.5 pounds boneless beef short ribs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 8 fresh sprigs of thyme
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Rind of parmigiano reggiano (mine was 3")
  • 1/4 cup grated parmigiano reggiano
  • Small handful of chopped fresh parsley (garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Add short ribs to the pot and brown on all sides, 8-10 minutes. Remove the ribs and set aside.
  3. Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook for 2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, red wine, dijon mustard, and beef broth. Bring mixture to a boil and scrape up the brown bits at the bottom of the pot. Tie the thyme and rosemary sprigs together and add to the pot along with the bay leaf, pinch of red pepper flakes, and parmesan rind. Stir everything together.
  4. Return the ribs to the pot, making sure to snuggle them into the liquid. Place the dutch oven into the preheated oven for 2 1/2 hours, or until the meat is cooked and fork tender.
  5. When there's about 10 minutes left for the beef to cook, ready a pot with boiling water and cook the red lentil penne according to package directions. Drain.
  6. Take dutch oven out of the oven and using two forks, shred the beef into small pieces. Add the penne to the pot and stir everything together.
  7. Add the grated parmigiano reggiano to the mixture and stir again. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Top with fresh parsley as a garnish and serve.

Before you go! General Mills has been gracious enough to offer one winner a package of Uddo’s Kitchen Red Lentil Penne Pasta. One packages comes with 3 12-ounces bags of pasta. Simply comment below with your favorite pasta dish. I’ll choose a random winner in about a week’s time. Good luck!

39 Responses to “Red Lentil Pasta with Braised Short Ribs {giveaway}”

  1. Jackie — April 27, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Mu favorite pasta dish is mushroom stuffed ravioli!

    • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:31 pm

      Yes my friend, oyesses. <--that was supposed to be "yessssss" but it autocorrected and I'm keeping it because it's hilarious. Why would it auto correct to that? Is that even a word??

  2. Alli — April 27, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I’m a pasta lover, too, and I know this will be a smashing hit with my family. As I was reading the ingredients, my stomach starting growling. 🙂 Garlic, red wine, red pepper flakes, rosemary . . . I can only imagine how flavorful this dish is. And my husband would go nuts over the short ribs. He’s such a rib person. This dish will be showing up on my table before long.

    • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

      I have to say…SO MUCH FLAVOR! 😉 I hope you and your husband love the dish.

  3. Taralyn — April 27, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Chicken Pesto is my favorite pasta dish.

    • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

      Hi, Taralyn. Chicken Pesto is a fantastic choice!

  4. Alexandra robertson — April 27, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I love my cajun kielbasa fettuccine with extra green onions! My husband loves it too when we want something comforting and a little spicy. Yummy giveaway and would love to try this pasta! Looks good!!

    • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:29 pm

      Is this fettuccine you mentioned a homemade recipe?? I think I need it!

  5. Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods — April 27, 2015 at 10:36 am

    My family loves beef and this recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Pinning and sharing!

    • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:28 pm

      Thank you, Ashley! Hope you and your family enjoy.

  6. Denise M — April 27, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I love baked ziti especially when I dont have to cook the pasta first

    • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:28 pm


  7. Nichole — April 27, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Oooh, I have never had Red Lentil Pasta!! Also I was watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives the other day and one chef made a pasta w/ braised short ribs..and now yours. I think this is a sign I need to make this, or at the very least order it somewhere; YUMMM!

    • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:28 pm

      Make mine, make mine!

  8. Kirsten — April 27, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    First of all, this dish looks amazing! I have never seen short ribs with pasta, but it looks like something I need to try. And red lentil you say? I have to try this! My favorite pasta is good ol’ spaghetti and meatballs. Yum!

    • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:28 pm

      Yes, Kirsten, you do! 🙂 Sometimes the best dishes are those tried and true ones. I love good ol’ spaghetti and meatballs as well.

  9. Melissa — April 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing! I have never heard of red lentil pasta, but will have to try and get my hands on some.

    My favorite pasta dish? Oh gosh. Um, pretty much anything? But, I love a good baked ziti with sausage and meatballs and lots of cheese and a sweet tomato sauce.

    That, or a good ole’ pan of lasagna. Mmm…

    • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:27 pm

      We are totally on the same page. I love a sweet sauce. I add some sugar to mine. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

      • Melissa — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:47 pm

        Yes! Exactly. I like to use brown sugar. Way too addicting, but delicious.

        • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

          I’ve never tried brown sugar!! Interesting, I’ll have to do that next time. I’ve only done white sugar.

  10. Olivia @ Olivia's Cuisine — April 27, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Girl, this looks amazing. I was suffering through all the photos to get here in the comment section. I love braised short ribs and can’t believe this pasta is made with red lentils! I definitely need to give it a try!

  11. Ashley — April 27, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    I love chicken alfredo!

    • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:27 pm

      Good choice, Ashley!

  12. winifred jac — April 27, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    i already mentioned that this looked amazing and declared my love of carbs on your instagram page!!!

    • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:26 pm

      Hahaha! Yes you did, thanks!!! Appreciate the love coming from everywhere!

  13. Chrystal @ YUM eating — April 28, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    So…I’m reading the title and I am thinking its red lentils mixed with past and beef. But then I see that the pasta is made from the red lentils. I’m not really supposed to eat regular white pasta , but I do from time to time. I really need to try some of these because red lentils are low glycemic which is much better for me.

    • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:26 pm

      Yeah, RED LENTILS. Can you believe it?? lol. My husband actually prefers the red lentil pasta over traditional. I hope you love it!

  14. Carolsue — April 29, 2015 at 1:23 am

    This sounds like a great recipe! A nice change from sausage and hamburger in a pasta dish.

    • Carolsue — May 2nd, 2015 @ 5:53 am

      Ande, I forgot — lasagna is my favorite pasta dish!

      • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:24 pm has a really great recipe for a one-pot lasagna. You should check it out!

  15. David — April 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    My favorite pasta dish is baked macaroni and cheese. There is nothing better than that golden brown layer of cheese on top. Boxed macaroni is cheaper, but the creamy oven baked variety is well worth the extra cost.

    • Jennifer — May 4th, 2015 @ 4:25 pm

      Yes! I completely agree, David! I love making my mac and cheese from scratch.

  16. Oh my, I may have drooled a bit just looking at these pics! Such a gorgeous dish.

    • Jennifer — May 8th, 2015 @ 10:45 am

      Thanks, Sarah! Tasty too. 😉

  17. April — May 5, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Mmm this looks so delish! I wonder if they sell it at Sam’s Club near me. Thanks for the inspiring post!

  18. Food of the gods, right there.

    • Jennifer — May 8th, 2015 @ 10:40 am

      Hahahaha thanks, Jacqueline.


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