Mom’s Healthy Italian Lentils and Pasta Recipe

My mom has been making this meal throughout my entire life, and it is now one of my husband’s favorites. I love this dish because it’s healthy, vegetarian, filling, delicious, and yummy as leftovers.

Makes approximately 8 servings

16 oz of lentils {rinse well & drain}
32 oz of crushed tomatoes with Italian herbs
32 oz of vegetable or chicken broth
1 large Spanish onion {chopped}
2 boxes of frozen chopped spinach
16 oz of elbow pasta
Olive oil
Italian seasonings
Red pepper flakes
Grated Romano cheese

1. Saute onion in a little olive oil until it is soft & golden.

2. Add crushed tomatoes and simmer for approximately 2 minutes.

3. Add broth.

4. Bring above to boil.

5. Add lentils.

6. Add any other Italian seasonings that you like and a few red pepper flakes.

7. Turn down the heat to a simmer or low flame and keep stirring.

lentils and pasta

The lentil mixture as it begins to simmer.

8. Cook approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour or until lentils are soft.

9. Add frozen spinach and simmer until cooked.

10. Cook pasta, drain, and add to the lentil mixture.

11. Add grated Romano cheese when serving.

ENJOY! I baked a loaf of light wheat bread to have as a side dish with this meal last night and it was a perfect accompaniment!

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  1. says

    Charise thank you very much for placing this recipe on Natural Mothers Network’s linky: Seasonal Celebration! You helped make Seasonal Celebration a wealth of intelligent, creative and resourceful information and it’s been such a pleasure for me and many others to read through each post. I am really looking forward to seeing you again Sunday evening or Monday! Rebecca x
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  2. Maryann D. says

    My family loves lentils and I make it with soup often especially in the winter. This pasta dish would be delicious and a terrific change for us.

  3. Deb E says

    Lentils are quick and easy for me to make. Why I haven’t added spinach to the mix, I don’t know. It would really add to the nutrition and color too. I think I’ll add a bit of garlic which I always do with the onion. Thanks.

  4. Stacey says

    I cooked the lentils and tomatoes together, and then also added a can of navy beans for extra protein. We topped it with a little hot sauce. It was delicious!


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