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Momma Joanne's Pasta Lenticchi

Momma Joanne Cook explains that this recipe has a long history in their family going back at least 5 generations! Pasta Lenticchi or Lentil and Pasta Soup is a special family recipes that is passed down to the newlyweds in their family.

Momma Joanne's Pasta Lenticchie (Lentil Pasta Soup)

Why it's on our list

When Ben and Rachael talked to us on the podcast about Momma Joanne's exceptional culinary abilities, they raved about some of her best dishes, including homemade pasta, homemade bread, and Pad Thai. They didn't however mention this gem but insisted we post this famous soup recipe because it's meaningful to their family and it's also a traditional Italian family recipe that has been passed down for generations. Momma Joanne is 100% Italian so cooking is in her blood. This hearty soup recipe is given to any newlyweds in the family, along with a collection of family recipes to help the couple start a life of cooking good food together.


Serves 4

  • 3/4 cups of lentils

  • 1 onion diced

  • 2 celery stalks diced

  • 2 carrots diced (Hey Sis add on)

  • 1 clove garlic minced

  • 4 TBLS olive oil

  • 1 tsp chopped parsley

  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (Hey Sis used canned Italian seasoned)

  • 1/3 cup small pasta (such as Rosmarino)

  • Two parmesan rinds (Hey Sis add on)


In a stock pot cook lentils in 2 quarts of boiling salted water or chicken broth (Hey Sis add on) for 1 hour. Don't be scared that there will be very little liquid left after cooking, it's meant to be a thick soup.

Chop onion, garlic, celery and carrots if using. Saute veggies over medium heat in a sauce pan with oil and parsley. Cook until slightly browned.

Add tomatoes and cook 10 minutes longer.

Pour this mixture into the pot of cooked lentils. Add the two parmesan rinds ans submerge into the soup. Cover and let simmer about 10 minutes.

Add pasta and cook until pasta is soft.

Serve with grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese

Momma Joanne


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