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Lentil Ragu – 3 Meal Ideas

Are you looking for recipes to help with cutting down your meat consumption or maybe just a vegetarian or vegan bolognaise recipe. This lentil ragu recipe is perfect for meat-free Mondays and any other day of the week really. Lentils are a wonderful source of protein and fibre making this ragu super nutritious as well as delicious.

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I love the versatility of this dish and it’s great to have an alternative to one of our favourite Italian meals ragu or spaghetti bolognese. It cooks really fast as the lentils soak up the liquid in the sauce within half an hour so it’s fantastic for an evening meal in the week when you don’t have loads of time to wait for things to cook for hours.

Lentil Ragu

I used nutritional yeast to give the sauce more flavour, if you don’t have this and are not avoiding dairy or dairy intolerant you can stir in some parmesan cheese before serving.

This recipe serves two adults and two children as an accompaniment to pasta for one meal with at least three portions left over for other meals. I served this with brown rice spaghetti to make it a gluten-free vegan meal but you can use normal wheat pasta.

Easy Lunch Idea

This lentil ragu keeps really well in the fridge for a few days so is perfect for a quick lunch. I ate it for lunch the day after cooking with sweet potato wedges and green vegetables.

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Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

1 small red onion

1 large carrot

1 stick celery

1 courgette (optional)

2 cloves garlic

250g red lentils

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 carton (200g) passata

1 tbsp tomato puree

500ml vegetable stock

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp oregano

1 bay leaf

2 tsp nutritional yeast (optional)

Handful of fresh basil leaves

Salt & pepper

Method

Warm a large, deep frying pan on the hob and add the oil.

Chop the onion, celery, carrot and courgette if using and add to the pan. Stir and leave to cook on a low heat for 10 minutes with the lid on.

Add the garlic and fry for a couple of minutes. Wash the lentils in a sieve under cold water until the water runs clear and add to the pan, stir before adding all of the rest of the ingredients apart from the basil and salt and pepper.

Put on the lid and leave to simmer on a low heat until the lentils have soaked up all the liquid (approximately 30 minutes).

If serving with pasta, allow 100g per adult / 50g per child and cook as per the packet instructions.

Before serving, tear and stir in most of the basil leaves and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the nutritional yeast now if you want to. If you’d like to give the sauce a bit of a kick you could also add some cayenne pepper.

Enjoy!

Store in the fridge for up to a week and in the freezer for up to six months.

Non Vegan Option

Here is an option for a quick after work dinner. Why not serve your leftover lentil ragu portion with some smoked salmon fillets and broccoli?

Lentil Ragu

If you love lentils, why not try my Lentil & Quinoa Salad?

Lentil Ragu

Lentil Ragu

Meat free alternative to a traditional bolognaise sauce
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Large deep saucepan
  • Large saucepan for pasta

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion small, diced
  • 1 carrot large, diced
  • 1 celery stick diced
  • 1 courgette diced or grated (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 250 g red lentils
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • 1 carton/jar passata (200g)
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried organo
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Warm a large, deep frying pan on the hob and add the oil.
  • Chop the onion, celery, carrot and courgette if using and add to the pan. Stir and leave to cook on a low heat for 10 minutes with the lid on.
  • Add the garlic and fry for a couple of minutes. Wash the lentils in a sieve under cold water until the water runs clear and add to the pan, stir before adding all of the rest of the ingredients apart from the basil and salt and pepper.
  • Put on the lid and leave to simmer on a low heat until the lentils have soaked up all the liquid (approximately 30 minutes).
  • If serving with pasta, allow 100g per adult / 50g per child and cook as per the packet instructions.
  • Before serving, tear and stir in most of the basil leaves and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the nutritional yeast now if you want to. If you'd like to give the sauce a bit of a kick you could also add some cayenne pepper.
  • Enjoy!
  • Store in the fridge for up to a week and in the freezer for up to six months.
Keyword Dairy free, Family Food, Gluten free, Vegan

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  1. What a great veggie variation on a classic dish! My kids love dahl so I bet they would really like this, and you pretty much only store cupboard ingredients too. Going to pin this. #kcacols

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