Pasta with Lentils

Pasta with Lentils (Pasta con lenticchie), is a delicious and nutritional Italian dish.

All you need is a few staple ingredients, to make this simple dish. Its naturally vegan (and can easily be made gluten free by using GF pasta), full of nutrients, filling, comforting and low in fat. And even better it can be made using just one pot!

If you have any leftovers, it can be warmed back up the day after either in a pan or in the microwave (just add a splash of water).

All in all its the perfect family meal!

The recipe included is enough to feed a family of 4.


  • 300 gr Green Lentils
  • 1 Tablespoon of tomato puree (you can use passata or fresh tomatoes if you prefer)
  • A clove of Garlic, crushed (or I love this frozen version)
  • 1 Tsp of dried parsley (or a handful of fresh leaves)
  • 320gr Pasta
  • Salt to taste

Add the lentils, tomato, garlic, parsley and water (approx. double the volume as lentils absorbs water) in a large saucepan, and place on the hob to cook on a medium heat till the lentils are soft. This does not take long, usually about 25-30 minutes. Keep an eye on the water level, you don’t want it to dry out. I always keep a kettle full of boiling water when cooking this dish.

You can cook the lentils in advance if you want and leave it in the pan to add the pasta later on in the day. In fact, the longer you cook it/let it sit the better it tastes!

When ready to eat, bring to pan to the boil and add your pasta and salt to taste, make sure you have enough water to cover it all.

Turn the heat down to a simmer till the pasta is cooked.

A few additional notes:

Lentils do not need to be soaked beforehand.

Small pasta is best for this dish, such as ditalini, broken up spaghetti, orecchiette, farfalline, macaroni etc

After adding the pasta, keep stirring so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan, you can add more water from the kettle if you feel its too dry. This dish will dry out as it cools so don’t be afraid to add water, and you can always take some liquid out with a ladle when nearly ready if you prefer it to be drier. 

After dishing it out, you can add pepper or chilli flakes if you like a bit of a spice kick. Some people (like my husband) like to add parmesan cheese to it, I think it’s a bit of a sacrilege, but up to you, if you like it, go for it!

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