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Pasta and Lentil Beans
Pasta and Lentil Beans
(Pasta e Lenticchie)
 
 
Ingredients:
 
5 cups water
3/4 cup lentils
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped canned plum tomatoes, with some juice
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1/2 lb thin spaghetti or capellini, or small tubular pasta, or pasta mista
2 rounded tablespoons finely cut or snipped parsley
 
For optional garnish: Extra-virgin olive oil and hot red pepper flakes or hot pepper oil

Directions:
 
In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil, add the lentils and cook.
 
Keep covered over medium high heat until nearly but not entirely tender, about 20 minutes.

Add the garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, salt and pepper.

Reduce the heat, cover and continue to simmer briskly for another 10 minutes, stirring a few times, or until the lentils are fully tender.

If using thin spaghetti or capellini, break them into 2 to 4 inch pieces and add them to the lentils.

Cook, covered, at a steady simmer, stirring several times and scraping the bottom of the pot when you do.
 
Cook until the pasta is just done, stirring more frequently as it gets closer to that point. If using a small tubular pasta or pasta mista, cook the pasta at least half way in plenty of salted, boiling water.

Drain the pasta, add it to the lentils and simmer to finish cooking the pasta.

When either pasta is cooked to taste, remove the pot from the heat, stir in the parsley, cover the pot and let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

Serve hot, passing hot pepper oil or the best quality extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling on top. Serves 4.

That's it!
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