Lentil Pasta

January 10, 2012

This lentil pasta is a fantastic hearty and “meaty” vegan dish that is a crowd pleaser with meat eaters. It also freezes well for leftovers.

Lentil Pasta

This lentil pasta is one of my all-time favorite pasta recipes.

This lentil pasta recipe utilizes a homemade tomato puree that you can whip up in a few pulses by placing the tomatoes in your blender. If you don’t have fresh tomatoes you can use a small tin of crushed tomatoes and a tablespoon of tomato paste. But I prefer not to use canned produce if I can help it. This recipe does require quite a bit of chopping and preparation, and the whole recipe simmers for a total of about an hour and a half, which makes it a bit longer than most of my quick easy recipes. But trust me, the results will be worth it!

I served this lentil pasta to my friend Joann when she came to visit last week, and she said it was the best vegetarian pasta she had ever tasted.

Those of you who have been following me for a while would remember her from the Kale Chips post. She is a self proclaimed “I don’t do healthy” green food skeptic, ate the entire bag in one sitting and begged for me!

This lentil pasta also appears to have the same black magic! As I dropped her off at the airport she reluctantly said with a wry grin, “I don’t know what’s wrong with me.”

Give this lentil pasta a go, and you may be a convert, too.

Other Pasta Recipes For You:

Mushroom Stroganoff
Roasted Garlic Pasta with Broccoli
Pasta Alla Norma – Eggplant Pasta
The Best Vegan Mac and Cheese
Gluten-Free Vegan Lasagna
Vegan Carbonara 
Spaghetti Pie

Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments!

Your feedback is really important to me, and it helps me decide which recipes to post next for you.


Lentil Pasta

This lentil pasta is a fantastic hearty and "meaty" vegan dish that is always a crowd pleaser with meat eaters. It also freezes well for leftovers.

Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8
Author Tess Masters


  • 10 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups green lentils
  • 2 cups roughly chopped tomato 
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon  pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons  Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon  freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion 
  • 1 tablespoon  minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried oregano
  • 1/4  teaspoon  red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 2 cups diced carrot 
  • 1/2 cup diced celery 
  • 1 cup diced zucchini 
  • 1 cup shredded broccoli stalks
  • 5 cups  vegetable broth, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley 
  • 1 pack gluten-free spaghetti 
  • Fresh lemon juice, to taste


  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook the lentils in the 10 cups of water with 1/2 teaspoon salt for 30 minutes until just cooked. Drain, and set aside. 
  2. While the lentils are cooking, throw the fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, maple syrup, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the black pepper into the blender, and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until well combined. Set aside. 
  3. In a large pot over medium-high heat, warm the oil, and sauté the onion, garlic, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt for about 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add in the carrots and celery, and sauté for a further 5 minutes, until just softened. Add the zucchini, broccoli, blended tomato mixture, broth, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, add in the cooked lentils, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, just until the vegetables are cooked through. You may need to add more broth.
  4. Once the broth has been absorbed, stir in the parsley, and set aside. 
  5. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet until al dente, and drain. 
  6. Toss the sauce through the pasta, season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Add fresh lemon juice to taste, and then season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Recipe Notes

Photo by Trent Lanz, and styling by Alicia Buszczak


Comments 16

  1. Oh you have really given me something to SINK my teeth into here, beautiful Blender Babe! Thank you SOOOO much. I love lentils, I love trying new gluten free pasta recipes and sorry to sound like a stalker, I love you too! AWESOME! I bet this is one even my dairy and meat obsessed spousal-dude will love.

    1. LOL! Lori!
      Oh, you make me laugh!
      I CANNOT wait to hear what you think of this recipe! Let me know. Oink Oink 🙂

  2. I just found your site a few weeks ago…and I’m in love with it! I want to make everything!!!! Every recipe is just so easy, and wholesome!

    I tried this recipe last week and it was good…but a day later, when the flavours had blended together, it was DELICIOUS! Oh, and it freezes beautifully…when I got home from work tonight, I cooked some brown rice spaghetti, popped a single serving frozen cube of the lentil sauce in a pot to heat…and 10 minutes later I was chowing down on healthy comfort food (seriously, whoever would’ve thought that healthy AND comfort foods could have such a happy, little marriage?!?) Thanks so much for all the great recipes!

    1. Hey Jenny!
      Yes! This DOES taste better the longer it sits.
      Thankyou for your lovely comments.
      I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe.
      It takes a bit longer than most of my recipes.
      But the extra time is SO worth it.
      So great to have you here 🙂
      Can’t wait to hear what you think of some of the other recipes.

    1. You could use any kind of brown lentils. Brewer lentils is the typical kind found in the U.S. This recipe is pretty forgiving. Enjoy 🙂

  3. Really good, But what should i do with the Rest of the vegetable broth? The recipe says 6 Cups but the directions only ask for One 🙂 please help

    1. Sorry for the confusion Shimena – you add the rest of the broth (I had written “stock” which is what we call it in Australia) in step 6. You add it there with the broccoli. Enjoy!

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