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Ragu sauce (v) (serves 6, preparation time 20 minutes, cooking time 2 hours plus)

November 30, 2011

 

This is a great general Italian sauce that can be use with meatballs, plain with pasta or as a base for lasagne. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil;
  • 2 onions, finely chopped;
  • 2 large carrots, finely chopped;
  • 4 celery stalks,finely chopped;
  •  2 dried red chillies (optional)
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped finely;
  • 1 carton of pasata;
  • 3 x 390g carton of chopped tomatoes;
  • 2 small handfuls of brown lentils;
  • Large handful each of basil, thyme, marjoram and parsley, finely chopped;
  • Seasoning.

 

 

Here’s what you do:

Step 1 - Put the oil over a low to medium heat in alarge pot.

Step 2 - When the oil is hot add the onions and cook until softened, but not brown.

Step 3 - Add the carrot, celery and tomatoes and sweat down for about 10 minutes.  

Step 4 - Add the chillies (if using), pasata, chopped tomatoes, lentils, herbs and seasoning. 

Step 5 - Simmer the sauce for at least 2 hours, longer if possible.  Keep an eye on the sauce and add a little water from time to time while stirring. 

 

That gives you the basic recipe, but here are some extra tips should you need them:

 

Option 1 - If you want to spice this up a bit, you can add some more paprika.

Option 2 - If you prefer a less chunky soup, you can liquidize half or all of the soup to reach your desired texture.  I like to do this anyway as you then taste all of the flavours with every mouthful. 

 

 

Kitchen implements required:

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Large pot
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© 2015 by Fay Dashper-Hughes. 

 

Where some of the recipes on this website might have started out as recipes from published chefs, I have amended them and developed them to my taste. Where they remain materially similar to the original recipe I have endeavoured to make sure that the original recipe was already freely available, and I always credit the source. No infringement of intellectual property rights is intended.