Lentils Pasta

How To Make Lentils Pasta Like an Italian

This pasta with lentils is more like a stew than a pasta dish, and the pasta cooks while the lentil stew simmers. The aromatic trio of carrots, celery, and onions is sautéed to perfection, complemented by the warmth of crushed garlic and rosemary sprigs.

While lentils simmer in vegetable stock, tomato passata is added to bring a hearty and nutritious element to the dish.
To make things even better, this lentil pasta is finished with a generous drizzle of pecorino cheese to add sophistication. You will love it.

When you combine lentils with pasta, the result is a budget-friendly, wholesome meal with zero compromise on flavor. This recipe takes it to the next level by cooking both ingredients together in the same pot.

Not in the mood for a vegan version? A slice of Guanciale goes a long way in lentil pasta. 

Watch the Lentils Pasta video recipe:

 

How to Make LENTILS PASTA Like an Italian

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Vincenzo’s Plate Tips

PASTA SELECTION

Although Ditalini Rigati Pasta is typically utilized in stews and soups due to its small size and excellent ability to absorb sauces, you can use any short pasta, including cavatelli, elbow, penne, or rotini, to give you similar results.

LENTIL VARIETIES

For the best results, opt for dry green or brown lentils that are small and flat in shape. These varieties are more delicate and cook faster without soaking. Before cooking, rinse the lentils thoroughly to remove excess starch and impurities, which will enhance their flavor.

CONVENIENCE = CANNED LENTILS

If you prefer convenience, canned lentils can be a superb option as they do not require additional prep or cooking.

GUANCIALE INFUSION

I definitely recommend adding Guanciale to this lentil pasta to infuse your pasta sauce with umami richness and a salty, velvety backbone. If you are a vegetarian, just leave this outt.

STOCK VS. WATER

While vegetable stock elevates pasta dishes to an entirely different level of deliciousness, you can substitute it for water for your convenience.

CHEESE PERFECTION

To fully enjoy the flavor of the cheese in your lentil pasta, don’t add it while the pasta is cooking. Instead, once the pasta is cooked, remove the pot from the stove, let it rest for a minute, and then sprinkle the cheese on top. It will ensure that the cheese maintains its texture and adds the perfect finishing touch to this lentil pasta, just before you devour it!

Lentils Pasta recipe

How to serve Lentils Pasta

When serving creamy lentil pasta, present it in a large serving bowl garnished with fresh herbs such as parsley or basil. Always add a drizzle of good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil to give it a glossy finish. For rustic Italian flair, sprinkle a generous amount of pecorino cheese on top.

Lentils Pasta

Lentils Pasta

Lentils Pasta

When craving real comfort food, pair lentils with pasta for a balanced, wholesome, and heartwarming soup in less than one hour. Also known as pasta e lenticchie (pasta with lentils), this lentil dish is a nutritious and flavorful Italian delicacy made with ditalini pasta cooked in a rich and flavorful stew. An excellent choice to enjoy the nutritional benefits and high mineral and fiber content of lentils, this one-pot lentil pasta recipe is super easy to make and requires just a few pantry ingredients. A nutrient-dense vegan main dish for lunch or dinner, kid-friendly, excellent for meal prep, and has all the elements to make tummies happy.
4 from 4 votes

Equipment

  • large pot
  • Chopping-board
  • knife
  • Stirring spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients
  

  • Ditalini Rigati Pasta
  • Lentils
  • 1 Carrot chopped
  • 1 Celery stick chopped
  • ½ Onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves crushed
  • Rosemary fresh
  • 1 L Vegetable stock 4.2 cups
  • Pecorino Cheese As much as preferred
  • 5 tbsp Tomato Passata
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOO
  • Salt and pepper as much as required
  • Guanciale or pancetta optional

Instructions
 

  • Put your large pot on the stove at medium heat and add 5 tablespoons of EVOO.
  • Add chopped carrots, celery, and onions and cook for about 10 minutes while stirring occasionally along with a small amount of vegetable stock to prevent veggies from burning.
  • Mix through the crushed garlic cloves, followed by more vegetable stock and a few sprigs of rosemary sprigs, then stir to combine.
  • Once the veggies become tender, add guanciale and let it cook until it starts to brown.
  • Add lentils; tossing them before adding stock so they absorb all the liquid.
  • Pour in half of the vegetable stock and give everything a good stir, then add 5 tablespoons of tomato passata and mix it through.
  • Cook on medium-high heat and keep an eye on lentils to make sure they don’t dry up by adding water or stock as required.
  • Next, mix through the remaining vegetable stock, cover the pot, and let the lentils cook for 10 minutes.
  • Once the lentils turn soft with a slight crunch, remove the rosemary.
  • Add the pasta and stir well before adding the water, then let the pasta cook until al dente.
  • Taste it to check the texture, then add water so it is covered before a sprinkle of salte and pepper.
  • Cover the pot with a lid, and let it cook for about 5 minutes then stir well so nothing sticks to the bottom.
  • Add more water as the pasta absorbs liquid quickly then get the pot off the stove, let the pasta rest for about a minute, and stir to make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom.
  • Toss the pasta a little bit and add some pecorino cheese on top before another sprinkle of cheese and mix it one final time.
  • Serve this creamy lentil pasta on a large serving plate with a generous sprinkling of -you guessed it – more pecorino cheese!

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14 Responses to Lentils Pasta

  1. Jane December 4, 2023 at 2:53 PM #

    How many grams of pasta and lentils are required for this dish? Please let me know!

    • Vincenzo's Plate December 8, 2023 at 4:18 PM #

      For the lentils pasta recipe, I recommend using approximately 300 grams of pasta and 200 grams of lentils. This ratio provides a good balance, but feel free to adjust based on your personal preference.

      • Vojtik December 13, 2023 at 9:49 PM #

        5 stars
        This was fantastic. I used 200g beluga lentils and 250g pasta, and added 2 salsiccias that I found in the freezer.

        • Vincenzo's Plate December 15, 2023 at 7:01 PM #

          Fantastic to hear you enjoyed it! Your creative use of frozen salsiccias, additional spaghetti, and beluga lentils seems like a winning combination. I appreciate you for sharing you experience with me. What over recipes would you like to try on next?

  2. Janine December 5, 2023 at 9:03 AM #

    1 star
    I was unable to make this as the pasta and lentil amounts were not listed in the recipe 🙁

    • Vincenzo's Plate December 8, 2023 at 4:18 PM #

      I apologize for any confusion, and I appreciate your patience. For the lentils pasta recipe, I recommend using approximately 300 grams of pasta and 200 grams of lentils.

  3. MRB December 6, 2023 at 11:10 AM #

    Can’t wait to try this, but there are no amounts listed for the lentils or pasta.

    • Vincenzo's Plate December 8, 2023 at 4:18 PM #

      For the lentils pasta recipe, I recommend using approximately 300 grams of pasta and 200 grams of lentils. Feel free to adjust the quantities based on your preference. Happy cooking.

    • Tina January 22, 2024 at 10:55 AM #

      This is the fourth time I’ve made this now and we can’t get enough!!!! Thank u!!!! Reminds me of growing up.

      • Vincenzo's Plate January 23, 2024 at 1:03 PM #

        That’s so nice! Nothing beats the comfort of a dish that feels like home. Grazie mille for making my recipe a part of your kitchen tradition!

  4. Konstantine December 16, 2023 at 8:16 AM #

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe as always, thank you for sharing Vincenzo! Going to make it again on the New Years Eve!

    • Vincenzo's Plate December 22, 2023 at 12:31 PM #

      Making it for New Year’s Eve sounds like a fantastic idea. Wishing you a delicious and joyful celebration! Enjoy.

  5. N December 18, 2023 at 2:54 PM #

    5 stars
    I made this tonight as a test batch for making it on New Year’s Eve. We loved it and it was so easy! I could see adding some sauteed mushrooms or spinach to this dish to keep things interesting. I had a couple of fresh tomatoes on hand so I used those instead of tomato paste. I am going to make a double batch regularly to have a healthy, hearty meal in the fridge for a couple of days. Perfect for a busy family.

    • Vincenzo's Plate December 22, 2023 at 12:33 PM #

      Hey, that’s great. I’m so happy that the recipe worked out wonders for you. Your creative additions like sautéed mushrooms, spinach, and fresh tomatoes sound delicious and add a nice twist. Please continue to share this recipe with you loved ones. Enjoy!

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