Transfer the cooked spinach to a plate and set aside. Once the lentils are tender, add the vermicilli pieces and cook until the pasta is nearly tender, about 4 to 6 minutes. In a large skillet, saute the spinach in batches with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt until cooked and almost crisp. You can vary the proportions of each main ingredient a lot, depending on what characteristic you want to dominate, or … The recipe should be called Lentil Spinach soup because it takes a lot more spinach than called for to make the spinach dominant.