Hearty Spaghetti with Lentils & Marinara Recipe

Hearty Spaghetti with Lentils & Marinara Recipe

How To Make Hearty Spaghetti with Lentils & Marinara

It might sound unusual, but this spaghetti with lentils recipe works really well. The earthy flavors of the veggie complement the umami of the marinara.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



  • ½cupdry lentils,(French green lentils or regular brown lentils), or 1½ cups cooked lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1bay leaf
  • 1clovegarlic,large, peeled but left whole
  • ¼tspsalt
  • 2cupsvegetable broth,or water
  • 2cupsmarinara sauce
  • 8ozwhole-grain pasta

For Optional Garnishes:

  • parmesan,or vegan Parmesan, grated
  • fresh basil,chopped


  1. To cook the lentils, first pick through the lentils for debris and then rinse them in a fine-mesh colander. In a small saucepan, combine the lentils, bay leaf, garlic, salt and broth.

  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Simmer until the lentils are cooked through and tender, which will take somewhere between 20 to 35 minutes, depending on the age and variety of the lentils.

  3. Drain the lentils, discard the bay leaf and garlic, and set the pot aside, uncovered.

  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook the pasta until al dente, according to the package directions. Drain, then return the pasta to the pot and set it aside.

  5. Stir the marinara into the lentils and warm them together over medium heat.

  6. Divide pasta into bowls, top with warm marinara and lentils, and garnish with Parmesan and/or chopped fresh basil, if desired. Serve warm.

  7. Leftovers will keep well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 4 days.


  • Calories: 349.15kcal
  • Fat: 3.06g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.42g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.68g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.12g
  • Carbohydrates: 68.22g
  • Fiber: 5.05g
  • Sugar: 7.82g
  • Protein: 16.16g
  • Cholesterol: 2.64mg
  • Sodium: 722.53mg
  • Calcium: 73.84mg
  • Potassium: 714.87mg
  • Iron: 4.75mg
  • Vitamin A: 48.44µg
  • Vitamin C: 4.34mg
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