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Vegetarian Pasta

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Orla Walsh, RD
Orla Walsh is a Registered Dietitian and Physiologist. Orla is the founder of Orla Walsh Nutrition, she is the former performance nutritionist to the Irish Olympic team and is regular contributor for the Irish Independent newspaper, RTE and Newstalk FM.

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This dinner recipe is a perfect traybake option for when you don’t have much time. It’s meat-free so ideal for Meat-Freee Monday or if wanting to add some more vegetarian meals into your week.


  • 1kg of cherry tomatoes (4 packets)
  • 2 medium red onions
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Boursin cheese (or a block of feta)


  • Chop the onions in quarters and add to a bowl with the tomatoes. Pour over some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Mix and spread the vegetables across an ovenproof dish.
  • Place the boursin cheese or block of feta at the centre of the veg.
  • Bake at 200 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • About 25 minutes in, cook about 300g lentil/ chickpea pasta.
  • When the pasta is cooked, mix it in with the tomatoes, onion and cheese so that it’s evenly covered.

Nutritional Information

  • 500 calories
  • 21g protein
  • 14g fibre
  • Rich in lycopene which is important for male fertility

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