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Lentil soup Lentil soup

Because we could not eat meat on Fridays, my nonna always made lentil soup. Lentils are good luck to eat on New Year's Day because they look like little coins: the more you eat, the more money you will have!
½ lb. Washed lentils
1 Medium chopped onion
1 Clove minced garlic
1 15-oz. Can tomatoes with juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Bay leaf
Fresh endive, escarole or spinach
¼ lb. Angel hair pasta broken into small pieces (can substitute with orzo or ancini pepe)
Combine all ingredients (except pasta) in large pan. Add 1 qt. of water and cook about 1 hour, until lentils are tender. Add pasta and cook about 2 minutes. Just before serving, add 1 Tbsp. olive oil and 1 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!