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Pasta and lentils with laurel and vegetables

Super easy and tasty, this recipe has definitely conquered my husband who doesn’t love lentils very much. You just need a few healthy simple ingredients: write them down on your shopping list. Can you imagine how toothsome this dish is! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta and lentils
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 200 gr pasta (short, or not tog big one)
  • 240 gr organic dried lentils 
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp triple tomato paste or 2 tbsp of double tomato pasta 
  • chili pepper
  • 4 laurel leaves (opt for adult dark green tough ones, they are more aromatic than younger leaves) 
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • coarse salt for cooking pasta 
  • salt and pepper 

Instructions

  • Prepare the lentils: rinse them in cold running water to remove any traces of impurities;
  • Small and decorticated lentils don’t need soaking, otherwise soak them overnight in plenty of water (they will get easier to digest); 
  • Prepare the sautéed vegetables: cut the onion, celery and carrot into small dices; 
  • In a pan, heat the oil with the laurel leaves; 
  • Add the onion, and then the celery and the carrots. Stir well; 
  • Sauté over medium-high heat, be careful as the onion mustn’t get too brown; 
  • Add the tomato paste and then the sauce;
  • Cook for a few minutes, let the different flavors combine; 
  • Then pour the lentils and stir well with a wooden spoon. Cook for about 15 minutes
  • Reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid;
  • Season with salt, pepper, and chili peppers; 
  • In another pot bring the water to a rolling boil to cook pasta;
  • When the water boils, add a generous handful of coarse salt, then pour pasta and cook according to the package directions; 
  • Drain pasta al dente and pour it into the lentil sauce; 
  • Stir well to combine; cook for a couple of minutes over high heat; serve hot. It is ideally paired with some crispy green salad.