2 tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
Stir in lentils, tomatoes, wine and 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) water; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 35 minutes or until thickened and lentils are tender. Discard bay leaves. Stir in celery leaves.
Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta for about 8 minutes or until tender but firm. Drain and return to pot or place in serving bowl. Spoon sauce over top.
Food from the Med include Italian, Spanish, Greek and from Portugal. It also include many of the smaller island countries such as Malta. This huge region of cooking is diverse and even covers many Arabic influences due to historical events. So it is not just pasta, pizza,tortilla or hummus. As rich as the day is long let us see how many wonderful dishes we can serve up for you.
Zafferano: saffron Zampone: sausage-stuffed pig’s foot Zenzero: ginger Zeppole: a fried pastry Verdure: green vegetables Vitello: veal (calf)Vongole: clams Taralli: round sweet or savory biscuits Tonno: tuna Torrone: nougat-type candy Torta: tart Salso: salt Saltari: sauteed Salumi: collective name for salami and similar cured meats Salvia: sage Sambuca: a colorless liqueur made from anise San Giuseppe: Saint Joseph Sarde: sardines Scaloppine: thinly sliced meat Sedani: celery Ragu: meat sauce for pasta Rapini: another name for broccoli rabe Ribollita: Tuscan bread and vegetable soup Ricotta: a fresh, mild cheese Ripieni: stuffed Riso: rice Risotto: rice cooked and stirred with broth until creamy Rollatini: small stuffed meat rolls, sometimes in a sauce Romano: a hard Pecorino cheese Rosmarino: rosemary