Maltagliati pasta and lentils with sausage

Recipe of popular origin, traditional in the cuisine of Central and Southern Italy, pasta and lentils it is a rich, tasty and complete dish. Starting from already cooked legumes, in little more than half an hour a winter first course with which to pamper the whole family.


  • 300 g of short mafaldine
  • 300 g of cooked lentils
  • 100 g of smoked bacon
  • 100 g of tomato puree
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 liter of vegetable broth
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • thyme

How to prepare: Pasta and lentils

Pasta and lentils is a tasty first course and easy to prepare and, starting from legumes already cooked in advance, too rapid: in little more than half an hour the recipe is ready.

We propose it with the addition of cubes of bacon and the mafaldine, a slightly curled short pasta that lends itself well to being more or less soupy, depending on your tastes. The result is still a dish business suit And nutritious that will appeal to the whole family, particularly pleasant to taste on cold evenings.

There pasta with lentils it is a dish of popular origin, traditional in our country especially in the Center and South, where there are many varieties of lentils autochthonous grown on the territory. This legume, digestible and rich in vitamin B, provides an excellent amount of iron well assimilable when associated with a cereal, such as pasta. More creative, but equally delicious versions of the dish are Maltagliati pasticciati with lentil ragout or Fusillotti with pumpkin, lentils and crispy ham.

But lentils are very versatile in the kitchen: they range from super classics such as Lentil soup to the original Lentil meatballs with Garam masala and radicchio sauce. And is there anyone who can imagine a New Year’s Eve dinner without stewed lentils?

OTHER TASTY RECIPES: Penne with lentils and vegetable ragout, Lentil and mushroom soup, Yellow lentil soup, Lentils stewed with the Thermomix

Easy execution Preparation time 10 min Cooking time 30 min Servings 4

How to prepare: Pasta and lentils

Preparation of Pasta and Lentils - Phase 1

Preparation of Pasta and Lentils - Phase 1

To prepare pasta and lentils, start finely chopping the celery, carrot and onion and sauté them in a saucepan with a couple of tablespoons of oil. Add the diced bacon and brown.

Preparation of Pasta and Lentils - Phase 2

Preparation of Pasta and Lentils - Phase 2

Add the vegetable broth, the tomato puree and the cooked and drained lentils. Salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 15 minutes. Add the pasta and cook, possibly adding a little hot vegetable broth as needed.

Preparation of Pasta and Lentils - Phase 3

Let it rest for a few minutes, then transfer the pasta and lentils to the individual dishes, complete with a little fresh thyme and serve.