One Pot Lentil Pasta

One Pot Lentil Pasta- super easy, VEGAN, and gluten free!

I’ve had several bags of lentil pasta (plus some black bean pasta which I’m not as much a fan of) sitting in my pantry for about 6 months now. I’ve also had this recipe in my head since last summer. I tested it a few times but then never got around to actually making it and photographing it for the blog. Figured now was as good a time as any! :) It reminds me of all things summer which makes me happier than a fat kid with birthday cake!

In other exciting news (although not much can top that early days of summer excitement) we assembled the baby crib last night! Guys, this is really happening… 4 months there will be a screaming, pooping mini human in our care. Still getting used to the idea of that. Buying/ receiving baby clothes has turned out to be way more fun than originally expected! Finally started working on the baby registry and man….there’s SO much. Do we really need a baby wipes warmer? Seems unnecessary and yet, I wouldn’t want a wet, cold wipe on my butt 10 times a day (how many times are diapers changed in one day!??!). Any and all baby registry advice is welcomed :)

Ok, back to the lentil pasta.

One Pot Lentil Pasta- super easy, VEGAN, and gluten free!

I’ve found several great lentil pastas (and other gluten free pastas) at Trader Joe’s but this red lentil pasta is definitely my favorite. It doesn’t get really mushy (unless you highly over cook it) and has a really nice bite to it that’s as similar to regular pasta as I’ve ever come across. It’s also great for one pot pasta dishes since lentil noodles are perfect for really absorbing the extra liquid in the pan.

The biggest trick is simply to not let the noodles overcook. Once you master that, the dish is basically done (yay one pot dishes!!).

One Pot Lentil Pasta- super easy, VEGAN, and gluten free!

I’ve never tried this particular dish with other kinds of noodles so I can’t say for sure how well it would work. If you try something similar (or have similar recipes to share) PLEASE let me know. I’m ALL about recipes where everything gets sloppily dumped into one pot :)

One Pot Lentil Pasta- super easy, VEGAN, and gluten free!

Coming soon on the blog, SEVERAL ways to make homemade pasta :) I got a pasta roller for xmas and a pasta rack for my bday and I’m slowly becoming a pasta making MACHINE. I want to perfect my recipes before I share them with you. But, be keeping an eye out for those :)

One Pot Lentil Pasta- super easy, VEGAN, and gluten free!

I hope that there is LOTS of pasta on your weekly menu :)

See How to Make the One Pot Lentil Pasta:


One Pot Lentil Pasta

  • Author: B. Britnell
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 12 ounces of lentil pasta
  • 3 1/2 cups of veggies broth (can also use water but the broth provides extra flavor that I recommend!)
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced or roughly chopped depending on preference
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 of a medium sized onion, I used sweet onion but really any kind will do
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • handful of fresh basil (could also use fresh parsley or both), chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pot, combine all ingredients MINUS this basil. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for 13-15 minutes. Dish is done when the pasta is tender to the bite. Watch the pasta carefully because you don’t want to over cook it! Once done, take off of heat and let sit for a couple minutes to let the pasta absorb any remaining liquid.
  • Stir in the chopped herbs and season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • ENJOY!

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25 comments on “One Pot Lentil Pasta”

  1. This looks and sounds incredible, yum!

  2. I’ve seen this lentil pasta at Trader Joe’s and kept skipping it because of the abundance of other pastas I had in the pantry already. We just did some pantry clean-out fun, so I guess I have to buy this now! Looking forward to trying this when I do. I hope all is well, lady! <3

    P.S. I'm jealous of your pasta roller.
    P.P.S. "Screaming, pooping mini human" is my new favorite phrase. A+.

  3. I love lentil pasta! It has actually become my favorite kind lately. And I totally agree – black bean is not my favorite either!
    Mm this look so simple and delicious! Did you sprinkle nooch on top?

  4. I have decided this week to try the Wheat Belly diet to try to be healthier decrease my joint pain hives restless nights headaches lethargy etc AKA the Red headed Irish curse! I saw your recipe and ODDLY already had a box of this kind of pasta unbeknownst to me! (god send?) Thank you :) PS wish me luck on loosing my pooh bear belly too!

  5. I’m going to make this tonight for a gluten free friend. What size diced tomato and should they be drained?

  6. How do you make this the night before?

  7. Can’t wait to make this dish! For the black bean pasta, try making a green chile pesto (I used hot New Mexico chiles)–delish.

  8. Made this tonight. So much yum! And so easy too!

  9. how many does this feed?

  10. What are the nutrition facts on this? I’m trying to eat cleaner :) 

  11. This was sooooo yummy! And soooo easy! I love one-pot meals, and this one is definitely a winner. I had bought a bag of TJ’s Sedanini pasta, and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Lucky me! The only tweak that I made to this recipe was to first saute the onion and garlic in olive oil, THEN add the veggie broth and tomatoes (I used Muir Glen organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes, the 28-oz size, which I think was the perfect amount of liquid for this recipe). I brought this all to a boil first before adding the spices and pasta. To finish it off I added some browned, crumbled bits of Field Roast vegan Italian sausage that I had lurking in the Fridge. Mangia!!!!!

  12. Yuck! I tried it, it turned into a sludgy orange mush! That tasted awful! I had to throw it all out!
    I think if I decided to try it again, I’d boil the broth first then add the pasta, then add the other ingredients after the pasta was cooked to al dente

  13. OMG… this was delicious and filling. I added kale, spinach, fresh dill, cayenne, and omitted the cheese and salt. I also used no-salt petite chopped tomatoes. Thank you!!!

    • Thank you for coming back to let me know, Andrea! it’s been far too long since I have made this myself! So glad you liked it

  14. Sooo good! Turned out perfect. My boyfriend loved it. I’ve made this pasta a couple times before, but the vegetable broth gives it way more flavor! The garlic gives it such a good flavor as well. Thank you for the delicious recipe. We topped it with garlic chicken and freshly grated Parmesan! Delicious !!!

  15. Has anyone converted this recipe to instant pot? Any directions for this?

  16. Has anyone done this in Instant pot? If so what directions did you follow?

    • I have never tried this in the instant pot but now I’m super curious! I worry that the noodles would get too mushy but maybe if it was just cooked for a few minutes on manual high? I’m really not sure if that would work though