Lentil pasta is a type of pasta made from lentils, which are legumes. It is a gluten-free alternative to traditional pasta and a fantastic source of plant-based protein and fiber. Lentil pasta has a bit of a nutty taste and a firm texture. It's easy to learn how to cook lentil pasta. This recipe takes it a step further to add some additional flavors, but you can omit those if you plan to use your cooked pasta in other dishes.
Ingredients You'll Need for this Recipe
- 4 ounces red lentil pasta of your choice
- Enough water to cover the pasta
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- A bunch of fresh parsley
- Parmesan cheese (optional)
How to Cook Lentil Pasta
- Bring the water to a boil and stir half the salt into the boiling water.
- Stir the lentil pasta into the boiling water. Boil for 7 minutes for al dente pasta. Drain the pasta.
- Crush or mince the garlic cloves.
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Fry the garlic until it is golden and fragrant.
- Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and heat through. Stir in the chili flakes and remaining salt.
- Serve with a sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
How to Serve Lentil Pasta
You can use lentil pasta in all the same ways that you use traditional pasta. For a simple approach, pair it with a light drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of your favorite herbs. For a more substantial meal, consider adding grilled chicken and roasted vegetables. Or serve it warm with a rich tomato sauce, sautéed mushrooms, and a generous topping of grated Parmesan cheese. Lentil pasta also works well in cold salad recipes, tossed with crisp vegetables, feta cheese, and a tangy vinaigrette.
Tips & Variations for this Dish
To cook the best lentil pasta, consider these tips:
- Use plenty of water to prevent the pasta from sticking together. The ideal ratio is 4 cups of water for every cup of pasta.
- Don't add the pasta until your water is boiling. Stir the pasta right after adding it to the water to prevent clumping.
- Avoid overcooking the pasta as it can lead to a mushy texture. Lentil pasta cooks faster than traditional pasta, so keep a close watch.
- Adjust the timing as needed. Every brand of pasta is a bit different and might have different cooking times. For thin pasta, 7 minutes is a good amount of time to achieve al dente pasta. Cook for a little longer if you want softer pasta.
- Pair the pasta with robust and hearty sauces, such as marinara, Bolognese, or a rich creamy Alfredo sauce.
- Leave off the garlic and chili flakes if you want to use the lentil pasta in other dishes.
How to Store Leftovers
Allow the pasta to cool down to room temperature. Transfer it into an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 7 days. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stove. Add a little bit of water or sauce when reheating to prevent it from drying out.
More Lentil Recipes
- How to Cook Lentils (Stovetop and Instant Pot)
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- Vegan Pumpkin Lentil Chili with Quinoa
- Butternut Squash and Lentil Spinach Salad
How to Cook Lentil Pasta
Learn how to cook lentil pasta to perfection. A perfect alternative for gluten-free pasta.
- Prep Time: 1 minute
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 11 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Kitchen Basics
- Cuisine: International
4 oz red lentil pasta of choice.
Enough water to cover it.
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon chili flakes
a bunch of fresh parsley
parmesan cheese (optional)
Bring the water to a boil, and season it with salt.
Crush or mince the garlic cloves, set aside.
Boil the lentil pasta for 7 minutes for aldente consistency. Drain it.
Press or mince the garlic cloves.
In a pan add the olive oil and the crushed garlic. Fry for a couple of minutes on medium-low heat stirring occasionally until golden and fragrant.
Add the cooked pasta to the pan and saute for a minute. Add salt and chili flakes.
Serve with fresh minced parsley and grated parmesan.
Every brand of pasta is a bit different, so your timings might vary a little, however for thin pasta 7 minutes is a good time to achieve aldente consistency. Cook for longer in case you want it softer, however have in consideration this type of pasta does not have gluten so, its consistency is naturally different (less chewy)
Sauteeing with garlic and chili flakes is optional, but a delicious way to finish cooking any type of pasta.
You can keep the cooked pasta in the fridge for up to 7 days in a sealed container in the fridge.