Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

From the American Dietetic Association's "Healthy Cooking Across America".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in large stock pot over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook 7-8 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and carrots. Cook, covered, over low heat about 5 minutes or till softened. Add broth and 2 cups of water. Heat to boiling. Stir in lentils and return to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover(leave lid ajar). Simmer until tender, about 30-40 minutes.
  2. While that's cooking, cook pasta to al dente. Drain.
  3. Stir pasta into lentils. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the shredded Italian cheese.
Most Helpful

5 5

So simple and really delicious! I used homemade veggie broth that didn't have any salt added to it was perfect. Thanks for posting the keeper recipe.

5 5

Thanks for sharing this recipe, it is SO GOOD! I followed your recipe exactly, except I cooked mine on low for a lot longer. Without the Parmesan it tastes nice, but mellow; with the Parmesan it is perfection! My entire family loved this soup, thank you. Note: I just sprinkled the cheese lightly in each individual bowl, rather than in the pot.

5 5

Simply delicious. I used a vegetarian broth and added a spoonful of white balsamic vinegar to give the soup a bit of tang but otherwise followed the recipe as written. I enjoyed the texture of the orzo 'beads' in this soup.