Lentils and Pastina Soup

This recipe comes from the Vegan Italiano by Donna Klein.

Let me start by saying that this is one of the few recipes that I have made that I have not had to change. At all. As in, it was 100% nightshade free, dairy free, cinnamon free, and vegetarian all on it’s own.

I think I just fell over from excitement.

This bad boy is high in iron (thank you lentils), packs in a whopping 18g of protein per serving, and is a great source of dietary fiber. It also has a great texture. The onions and lentils were so soft that they sort of just melted in the mouth.


Yields 4-6

Lentils and Pastina Soup

Lentils and Pastina Soup from the Vegan Italiano Cookbook by Donna Klein.

15 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup pastina, orzo, or other tiny pasta


  1. In a medium stockpot, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, carrot, and celery. Cook until fragrant and softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add rosemary and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  4. Add water, lentils, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil over high heat.
  5. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until lentils are just tender - about 30 minutes.
  6. Uncover and return to a boil over high heat.
  7. Add pastina (or orzo), reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender yet firm to the bite, 10-15 minutes.
  8. Serve hot.

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, corn free, egg free, and soy free. It can also be made wheat free and gluten free depending upon choice of pasta.


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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.


  1. Reply Yummmm love the sound of this!!
  2. Reply In direction #4, do you mean the 6 cups of vegetable broth listed in ingredients instead of water?

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