Pasta & lentils

first courses
Time 1h 10m Difficulty Easy Serves 4
  • 1 1/2 cups brown lentils, dried
  • 14 oz tubetti pasta
  • 3 pomodoro pelato di Napoli (Naples peeled plump tomatoes)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of finely-chopped parsley
  • Salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste

Put the lentils into a saucepan and cover with plenty of cold water. Cover the pan, and cook over a low heat for 11⁄2 hours or until soft. Add the crushed garlic, oil, tomatoes and parsley, and season with salt and black pepper. Continue cooking for a further 30 minutes. Cook the pasta in a large pan of slightly salted boiling water just until half-cooked and then drain and add to the lentils. Continue cooking until the pasta is al dente. Leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving.