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This could probably be sold in a jar as "Insta-Lentil Goodness: Add Water and Boil." I think it would cost $3. Any variety of spices can be used...sometimes I'm lazy and just buy a can of diced tomatoes that is already flavored with Italian spices or Zesty Chili flavor, or whatever. I also throw in a tablespoon of cumin and/or chili powder from time to time. Sometimes I don't add any spices and enjoy the simple flavors by themselves.
- In large pot, combine lentils and water (or broth) and cook covered until tender (about 40 minutes).
- Stir in garlic, tomatoes, parsley, thyme, rosemary, and basil.
- Let simmer, covered, another 20 minutes.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add cooked pasta.
- Stir and serve.