1Start by rinsing the French lentils in cold water to be sure there are no foreign objects like stones or debris in the package. (Dry beans when manufactured are cleaned ans sorted using small stones.)French lentils are unique in that they stay firm when cooked correctly,they don't burst like traditional brown lentils. They can be found in the organics aisle of your grocer or at most health food stores. they're a little more money but well worth the price.
2Saute the onion,garlic in the olive oil until translucent and slightly browned,2-4 minutes. add the carrots,celery,lentils,tomatoes,spices and herbs, toss to coat well.
3Add the stock and wine,stir and cover,bring to a boil,then lower to a simmer for 30-35 minutes,stirring every so often.
Meanwhile cook the pasta according to the package instructions,don't over cook,when finished,drain,toss with a touch of olive oil and keep separate,wrapped in a bowl.
4When the soup is finished cooking,adjust the seasonings(salt&pepper)to taste,spoon about 1/4 cup of cooked pasta into each bowl and ladle the soup over.Garnish with grated cheese and serve immediately,enjoy!! :)