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Lentil ragu with spaghetti

Made something really good this evening inspired by a recipe from this book. I’ve tweaked it a bit, as you do, so this is my version of it. First printed in 1994 and still in print and extremely cheap from Amazon. Loads of great recipes, recommended

Priced at Asda using mySupermarket, January 2019

Serves 4
320g wholemeal spaghetti, 45p/500g, 29p
1 tblsp olive oil, £2.98/litre, 4p
1 large onion, finely chopped, 75p/kg, 8p
225g red lentils, £1.15/500g, 52p
3 tblsp tomato puree, 37p/200g, 8p
2 tsp garlic granules, £1.09/115g, 10p
575ml boiling water
100g grated cheddar £3.69/825g, 45p

Total cost £1.61, 40p a serving

Serves 2
160g wholemeal spaghetti, 45p/500g, 14p
1 tblsp olive oil, £2.98/litre, 4p
1 large onion, finely chopped, 75p/kg, 8p
110g red lentils, £1.15/500g, 25p
1.5 tblsp tomato puree, 37p/200g, 4p
tsp garlic granules, £1.09/115g, 5p
287ml boiling water
50g grated cheddar £3.69/825g, 22p

Total cost 82p, 41p a serving

Total nutrition 1,924 calories, 201g carbs, 61g fat, 68g protein, 48g fibre
Nutrition per serving 481 calories, 50g carbs, 15g fat, 17g protein, 12g fibre

Saute the onion in the olive oil until cooked through. Add the garlic granules, lentils, water, tomato puree and the boiling water. Simmer, with the lid on, very gently for about 20 minutes. The red lentils need to be cooked through. Stir every now and again and keep an eye on it, as the water is absorbed they may stick. Add a tsp salt and half a tsp pepper. Taste and add more if it needs it.

As the lentils are cooking, cook the spaghetti in salted water until tender. Drain thoroughly.

Stir about half of the ragu through the spaghetti and put the spaghetti in warmed bowls. Top with the remaining ragu, then the grated cheese.

Serve with salad if available

Verdict

Utterly delicious! Deeply savoury, filling and satisfying.

This would be fabulous on crackers, in a sandwich or a jacket potato too.

Without the cheesey topping, this is vegan, dairy free and nut free.

Variations

This could easily be varied by adding curry powder or a dollop of curry paste, or a red, green or yellow Thai paste. Add ginger and chillies, or a little coconut milk.

Add a little marmite or bovril for a meaty version. Or anchovy paste and fish sauce for a fishy one.

Change the vegetable to pureed butternut squash, frozen or tinned spinach, peppers from a jar, mushrooms or anything else you would like. Or indeed add a bit of something else to this version, or a mixture of anything

Red Lentil Ragu on Spaghetti

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