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Red Lentil Ragu

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Lentil Ragu

Red Lentil Ragu

We can always do with more quick weeknight dinner recipes, right? 

As someone who works long shifts and has a lot of studying to do, I know you can’t always afford to be slaving over the stove for a couple of hours every night. This is why I want to share this one with you! 

Pasta is always a great option for when you’re pushed for time, but sometimes it can be tough to make sure you’re getting enough of the good stuff in there too. Lentils are a high protein, high fibre member of the legume family so they are always a welcome addition. The chopped tomatoes and created carrots also sneak some vegetables in without you really noticing, so this is also a great recipe for the fussy vegetable haters! 

I tried to keep the ingredients list down a bit to help keep this one budget friendly, but if you’re not on much of a limit or you’ve got some around, some finely diced celery goes great in this too.




Yield: 4 portions

Total Time: 30 minutes 


  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 white onion, finely diced

  • 2 carrots, grated

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 300g red split lentils

  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes

  • 1L veg stock

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp tomato puree

  • 500g dried spaghetti

  • 1 tbsp dried basil

  • 2 tsp oregano

  • 3 bay leaves


  1. Heat your oil in a large opan over a medium heat, then add in your onion, carrot and garlic and cook gently for about 5-10 minutes, stirring regularly. 

  2. Stir in your all the rest of your ingredients except for the spaghetti and then leave to simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until your lentils are cooked. 

  3. You’ll want to check the packet for how long to cook the spaghetti for, and then time this so they’re ready at the same time. Once cooked, drain your spaghetti, you can either stir in all in together (this is what I like to do!) or you can serve your ragu on top!



Say goodbye to boring weekday dinners and say hello to delicious lentil ragu. 


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Written by Amy Northwood
My passion for food and conservation has led me to where I am now! My aim is to show people that veganism can be diverse, tasty and adapted to fit every lifestyle and budget!
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