Lentil Soup With Pasta (Rachta bel Adas)

The Arabic version of the name may sound weird at first, but this seemingly simple soup is actually delicious! In the old days, my mother used to make pasta at home because she liked to make dough at home, and since she didn’t have a machine to help, she would make it all by hand. Today I also prepared the pasta at home, but these days I use a pasta machine to roll and cut it. It can also be made with ready made pasta; either way this soup is delicious.


  • 1 cup of lentils
  • about 200 grams pasta
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander
  • 1 tablespoon dried coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt+1 teaspoon for boiling the lentils
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon corn oil+ 1 teaspoon to fry the garlic


  • Boil the lentils in about 1 liter of water, when tender discard the water
  • In a pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil and fry the onions until transparent, add the lentils and cover with water
  • Add the pasta and let it boil until the pasta is cooked (if using fresh pasta it will take only 2 minutes to cook)
The fresh pasta
  • In a small saucepan fry the crushed garlic with dried and fresh coriander and a teaspoon of salt, until light golden
  • Put the garlic over the lentils soup, and let it simmer for two minutes
  • Finally add the cumin to the soup



  1. This, my dear, is going to be my dinner tomorrow nite. Thanks again for your culinary wonders.

  2. Hearty and tasty! i’m a real fan of lentil dishes, and this looks like another winner – and another recipe bookmarked for winter when we need some warming filling and tasty soups to keep us going. Perfect!

  3. Juliana says:

    Hi! Kifik Nina? I love this dish as the addas bi hamoud! Very good in winter! I cook it the same way as you! I like your blog, very good and traditionnal lebanese dishes. Good luck!

    • Hi Juliana. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am well. And I did posted the recipe of adas bel hamoud previously. Me and my children love it too. 🙂

  4. Looks really good, but maybe more for a cold winter day?? Or do you recommend it as well for the summer??

  5. How interesting! I love lentils and lentil soup, but never had the combo of lentil and pasta. It sounds and looks terrific.

  6. Hi,
    Great recipe! I love this dish! Do you know the meaning of the word: Rechta, we give to this dish?
    Thank you!


  7. Hello Nina & Juliana,
    I’m happy to pass to you what I know about the origin of the word “Rachta”.

  8. Ibn Khaldoun, the Arab writer, mentions a dish ” they call Rashta in their tongue” which he was offered, when he negotiated withTamerlane, the Tartar conqueror, outside the walls of Damascus in 1401 AD. He, too, enjoyed it.

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