INGREDIENTS (Serves 4-6)

  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 2 large carrots, peeled
  • 2 sticks celery, rinsed
  • 4 tbsp green olives, stones removed and slightly bruised
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, rosemary or marjoram (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 125 ml / ½ cup red wine
  • 100 g / ½ cup uncooked beluga lentils (or puy), rinsed
  • 400 ml / 1 ½ cup vegetable stock (or water)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 x 400 g / 14 oz tins crushed tomatoes
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve

  • pasta of choice (we used a lentil flour spaghetti)
  • vegetarian parmesan-style cheese
  • fresh parsley
  • olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for a few minutes. Meanwhile, chop one of the carrots and the celery into 1 cm / 1/2 inch chunks and add them to the pan along with olives and dried herbs (if using). Let soften for a couple of minutes, add the red wine and let cook until the alcohol evaporates. Add lentils, half of the vegetable stock, bay leaves, tinned tomatoes, fresh herbs (if using), salt and pepper. Grate the remaining carrot and add it as well. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes or until the lentils are cooked, stirring from time to time as not to burn the base of the sauce. Add the remaining stock or water, little by little, to loosen the sauce whenever it is looking dry. Taste and adjust spices to your preference.

Cook your pasta of choice. Serve the sauce stirred through the pasta, topped with a sprinkling of grated cheese, fresh parsley or other herbs and a drizzle of oil.

 

Author: Green Kitchen Stories