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A rich and hearty Italian meat sauce of simmered tomatoes, aromatic onions, garlic, celery, garlic, oregano, beef, and lentils. Serve atop al dente pasta noodles with fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese.
2 Tbsp (45 mL) extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped onion
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped celery
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
1 lb (500 g) lean ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup (250 mL) dry red wine
1 cup (250 mL) green lentils
1 (28 oz/798 mL) can tomatoes, chopped
½ cup (125 mL) water
1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano
1 tsp (5 mL) fennel seeds
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground nutmeg
1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper, to taste
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