Hearty 20-minute lentil pasta


When my wife Laura taught me this heart-friendly lentil pasta, I couldn’t believe how easy it was. And that's coming from a serious ‘easy recipe addict’!

Hot, hearty and packed with cholesterol-lowering fibre, this soupy broth is perfect for those evenings when you just can’t be bothered making an effort with dinner.

easy pasta recipe

Did I mention it takes a maximum of just 20 minutes? And it dirties just 1 cooking pan?

Quick pointer: just make sure you have some tasty crusty bread to go with this lentil pasta, cos it's one juicy beast…

Serves 2-3

Ingredients: (For a printable PDF shopping list click here, or right-click this link and choose 'Save target/link as' to save the list for later.)

easy pasta recipe 200g/7oz of tiny ditali pasta (if not, try macaroni)

1 clove of garlic

400g/14oz tin brown lentils

5 stalks of fresh parsley

Extra virgin olive oil




One deep cooking pan/skillet (ideally non-stick)

STEP 1 - Quick preparation first:

- Wash and de-stalk the parsley, then tear up the leaves.

- Peel the garlic clove, chop off its ends, and cut into quarters.

- Boil a kettle (for future pan top-up!)

STEP 2 - Cover the base of your pan in olive oil and heat on a medium/high hob.

- When the oil’s hot (not smoking!), turn down to medium, add the garlic and fry for 2-3 mins until it begins to brown.

Choice! If you don’t want to fish it out of your dish later, scoop out and trash the garlic now. Otherwise, leave in for a stronger flavor.

STEP 3 - Now the garlic is browning, throw in the can of lentils, then a second can’s worth of hot water from the kettle.

easy pasta recipe - Also add a half-teaspoon of salt, half the parsley leaves, and as much pepper as you like (if in doubt, a quick pinch).

- Stir regularly until the water is boiling.

STEP 4 - If it’s boiling, throw in your pasta and cook as per its packet’s instructions (probably 10 minutes).

- Stir continuously yet gently, as lentils can stick to the pan but they are a bit fragile.

Important: If most of the water evaporates before the pasta is cooked (taste it to test), add half a cup more boiling water from the kettle – better too liquidy than too dry and sticky.

- When the pasta is cooked, add to bowls and serve by add the remaining parsley on top.


Eat with: Big chunky handfuls of your favorite crusty bread.

Did you enjoy this lentil pasta soup?

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