Pasta with Lentils and Parsley

Here's a healthy and hearty dish you can make when you want to eat something fantastic but don't have the energy to put much thought into your meal.

This recipe literally calls for 6 ingredients: pasta, lentils, an onion, parsley, olive oil and salt. It is simple but will definitely please the whole family on a busy weeknight.

Adapted from Claudia Roden's Arabesque
1 cup lentils
1/2 package pasta (I used ziti)
2 tablespoons olive oil for frying the onion and 2 tablespoons more to add at the end (4 total)
1 onion, sliced
Large handful chopped parsley
Salt, to taste

1. Cook the lentils in boiling water (this will take about 20 minutes, more or less depending on the type you are using).  When cooked through set aside.
2. Fry the onions in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until caramelized.  When done, add to the lentils.
3. In the meantime, cook the pasta according to package instructions.
4. Add Lentils and onions to cooked pasta.
5. Add in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and parsley.
6. Season with salt (I used quite a bit in this recipe).
7. Serve hot.

Serves 4

Try other pasta dishes such as:
Penne Arrabiata
Homemade Pesto Sauce
My Favorite Pasta Sauce Recipe

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  1. I never thought to put lentil with pasta, what a great idea! Love how simple this is too!

  2. Hey there! Yup, lentil and pasta is an awesome combination :) You definitely should try it! :)

  3. Such a beautiful and simple pasta for a weeknight dinner. I love the easy ones that don't skim on flavor and this definitely fits the bill. Gorgeous!

  4. A lovely combo of pasta with lentils,...I love it!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Greets from rainy Brussels!!!

  5. Thanks Bridgett and Sophie from Brussels :)

  6. what a great combination! looks so healthy, simple and delicious. yummy!

  7. I love simple pasta dishes, and the lentils look so great with the ziti!

  8. Sounds yummy!! Keep up the good work:)


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