Spaghetti with Lentils

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Looking for a quick and quick dinner idea? This meatless Spaghetti with Lentils is one of my favorite 20 minute recipes.

Spaghetti with Lentils - this easy recipe is ready in 20 minutes


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This is my Aunt Tina’s recipe. Aunt Tina was my father’s older sister who lived in Florida. I remember being a little girl, only 4 or 5 years old, and playing with Aunt Tina’s makeup.

I came out of her bathroom all dolled up with thick blue sparkly eyeshadow, pink rosy cheeky streaked with blush and the reddest lipstick I could find. I was also wearing her high heels.

As I clopped into the kitchen, strutting my stuff and leaving a trail of eau de whatever-perfume-I-found-on-her-dresser, everyone started laughing. I proudly explained that I loved Aunt Tina’s “makes and fumes”.

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From that day forward, I was known as her “makes and fumes” girl.

When I was in high school, my aunt and uncle moved back to Pennsylvania from Florida. By this time, I had my own makeup and perfume, so I wasn’t raiding her makeup bag anymore.

When they first moved back to Pennsylvania and were still looking for a house, they lived with my family. It was a tight fit with our family of five, two dogs and a cat and two house-guests living side by side in my parent’s three-bedroom (one bathroom!) house. But we made it work for the few months it took them to find and buy their home.

One of the best things about this time, was getting to know my aunt and uncle better. When they lived in Florida, we only saw each other a once (maybe twice) each year. Now that we were all living together, we really got to know each other and spend some quality time together.

Because my mother worked full time, my aunt would often make dinner for us. I remember coming home for school and helping her in the kitchen. It was interesting to learn new recipes and hear her stories of cooking with my grandmother.

One of my favorite recipes that Aunt Tina made was this 20-minute Spaghetti with Lentils.  It was one of her go-to quick dinner ideas.  We also loved this Chicken Spaghetti Casserole.

Spaghetti with Lentils - this easy recipe is ready in 20 minutes. In a white browl.

I remember the first time I tried it. I had never had lentils before so I was skeptical. In my young mind, spaghetti was meant to be covered in tomato sauce with two big meatballs sitting on top.

Turns out, I loved lentils. This quickly became one of my favorite recipes and, whenever Aunt Tina made it, I was right there with her. She taught me many other great recipes – like her famous Minestrone.   And, she also taught me to sew and do counted cross stitch.

In 2009, my Aunt Tina passed away from lung cancer. While it was hard to let her go, I know that she is always with me in the kitchen when I’m cooking – especially when I make her Spaghetti with Lentils.

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both men and women in the United States. It causes more deaths each year than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Yet awareness of this fact is low, and lung cancer is lacking the resources, support, and public empathy that many other diseases have.

Spaghetti with Lentils - this easy recipe is ready in 20 minutes

More than 430,000 people alive today have been diagnosed with lung cancer at some point. Each case of lung cancer is different as there are sub-types of lung cancer that are treated differently. It is important for those diagnosed with lung cancer to be tested for specific biomarkers in order to understand what type of cancer they have and discuss the treatment options available with their medical team.

While lung cancer is a scary diagnosis, there have been significant advances in diagnosis and treatment options. Those diagnosed can make informed decisions about their care. Now, there is more hope and treatment options than ever before.

Spaghetti with Lentils - this easy recipe is ready in 20 minutes

November was Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM). However, let’s raise awareness of this devastating disease and new hopes of testing and treatment options, as well as showing support for the thousands of patients who are fighting the disease not just in November but in every month of the year.

When lung cancer patients and those who care for them publicly share their stories and experiences, they help to put a human face on what this disease looks like. It also inspires others living with lung cancer to speak up and advocate for themselves.

Hopefully, one day, we can treat lung cancer as a chronic disease.

Not a day goes by that I don’t miss Aunt Tina. And, no matter how old I get, I’ll always be her makes and fumes girl.

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I have received information and materials from AstraZeneca. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.

A bowl of lentils and pasta topped with tomato sauce, lentils, basil, and grated cheese, served with a side of bread.
5 from 2 votes

Lentils and Pasta

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Lentils and Pasta is a comforting family recipe that only takes 20 minutes to make. This meatless dinner is healthy, delicious, and perfect for all ages.
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  • 21.5 ounces Lentil Soup, 2 cans
  • 14.5 ounces Diced Tomatoes, 1 can
  • 15 ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Spaghetti, Cooked
  • Parmesan Cheese, Grated


  • In a large skillet with deep sides, sauté onions in olive oil over medium heat until translucent (about 5 minutes).
  • Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute more.
  • Add lentil soup, diced, tomatoes and tomato sauce and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Serve over pasta and top with grated parmesan cheese.

Expert Tips

  • Vegetables: Add more vegetables to this pasta dish, such as spinach, mushrooms, and asparagus.
  • Broth: Use different broths in this recipe, like chicken broth or vegetable broth.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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