Lentils With Pasta and Caramelised Onions

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by Nabiha

I came across this recipe on waitrose.com.It is a Lebanese dish called rishta bi.The pasta is usually cooked in the same water as the lentils, giving an earthy colour and flavour. I haven't had a chance to try this yet, but it does sound absolutely delicious and healthy too....

Top Review by UmmBinat

Filling and tasty but not alone as it is pretty dry and a bit bland. But it was quite good with recipe#409225 dolloped over top. I used rice pasta to be gluten free which worked well. I liked the idea of cooking the noddles in the same liquid as the lentils were cooked in and the earthy tone it gave. I used unrefined extra virgin olive oil, small green lentils, penne shaped rice pasta, plus the rest of the ingredients. I would make this again if I didn't have much else on hand and serve with a similar yogurt salad over top. Made for PAC (Pick A Chef) Spring 2011.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Slowly fry the onion in 2 tbsp oil for 15-20 minutes until brown and caramelised, stirring often.
  2. Rinse the lentils and boil them in plenty of water until they are just tender.
  3. Crush the tagliatelle in your hand and drop the pieces into the pan with the lentils - there should be enough water to cover them.
  4. Add salt, stir and boil vigorously for 6-7 minutes,until the pasta is cooked al dente.
  5. Drain, adjust the seasoning, and toss with the remaining olive oil, the fried onion and the parsley.
  6. Can be eaten hot or at room temperature.

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