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    Aubergine, lentil & chestnut ragu

    Preparation time: 15 minutes
    Cooking time: 25 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    1 aubergine, cut into 2-3cm chunks
    2 tbsp olive oil
    1 red onion, sliced
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    Pinch ground allspice
    1⁄2 tsp ground paprika
    1 heaped tbsp tomato purée
    100g Merchant Gourmet Whole Chestnuts
    250g pack ready cooked Puy lentils
    300ml Cooks’ Ingredients fresh Vegetable Stock
    4 sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
    350g dried spaghetti
    1⁄4 x 25g pack basil, leaves picked 

    Method

    1 Preheat the oven to 200 ̊C, gas mark 6. Toss the aubergine with 1 tbsp oil, season and spread out on a parchment-lined baking tray. Roast for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway, until golden. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and fry the onion for 10 minutes until soft and starting to colour.

    2 Add the garlic to the frying pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the spices and tomato purée and fry for another 2 minutes. Crush the chestnuts with the back of a fork and stir into the pan with the lentils, stock and sun-dried tomatoes. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes.

    3 Cook the pasta according to pack instructions in boiling, salted water, then drain. Stir the roasted aubergine through the ragù, season, then toss with the pasta and divide between four plates. Serve scattered with a few basil leaves. 

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    Cook’s tip
    If you’re vegetarian, sprinkle some grated vegetarian hard cheese over the top, or you can top with nutritional yeast to keep this recipe vegan.

    And to drink...
    Enjoy this flavourful ragù with a glass of refreshing Bourgogne Chardonnay, France. This vegan wine has ripe citrus notes and a long, generous finish. 

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