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Here you will find a series of tried and tested recipes that have tickled my tastebuds, and those of my friends and family, over the years...

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


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


  • 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

#vegetarian #ragu #sauce #italy

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