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Lentil & aubergine ragu
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This dish with ready-prepared lentils is perfect for a simple and satisfying meal, and contains 3 of your 5 a day. Use vegan tagliatelle, such as essential Waitrose tagliatelle, to make this suitable for vegans.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small aubergine, cut into 1cm dice
1 red onion, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tomatoes, diced
180g dried tagliatelle
250g Merchant Gourmet Tomatoey French Puy & Green Lentils
Small handful basil leaves
1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan. Add the aubergine, season and fry for 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until golden. Tip onto a plate and set aside. Add the remaining 1 tbsp oil along with the onion and fry for 5 minutes, then add the garlic and fry for 3 more minutes. Stir in the diced tomatoes and cook for a further 2 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle according to pack instructions, then drain.
3. Return the aubergine to the pan, then tip in the lentils. Fill the pouch halfway with water and pour into the pan. Simmer gently until everything is warm, then stir through most of the basil. Serve the ragù over the tagliatelle with the remaining basil leaves scattered on top.
This ragù also makes a delicious base for a cottage pie – just tip into a small pie dish then top with a pack of mashed potato. Bake at 200°C for about 20 minutes or until piping hot.
This recipe appeared within the February 2019 recipe card collection.
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This recipe was first published in January 2019.