Red Lentil Rotini with Harissa & Cherry Tomatoes

Smokey sweet Harissa & paprika are combined with garlic and toasted pistachios to create an easy dinner pasta recipe that is packed with flavor.

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This recipe was inspired by our Pasta on Deck series. The prompt requires you to make a dish with ingredients that are all one color. We love the inspiration behind this recipe, and hope you make a dish inspired by your favorite color. 

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Ingredients 4 Servings


  • 1 box Barilla® Red Lentil Rotini pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine (Cabernet)
  • 1 teaspoon harissa
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pint multi-color cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups strained tomatoes
  • ¼ cup parsley, sliced (optional)
  • ¼ cup pistachio nuts (optional)                            
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
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  • (Optional) Toast pistachio in a dry skillet for 1-2 min. or until toasted, set aside.

  • In the same skillet over med/high heat add olive oil and cherry tomatoes. Cook for 2 min. and add garlic, harissa, salt, and pepper. Cook for an additional 2 min. Add wine and reduce by half. Add tomato sauce. 
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup pasta cooking water. Add pasta to sauce along with cooking water. Toss pasta with sauce over high heat; remove from the heat. 
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