Vegetable Ragu is a hearty and flavorful pasta dish that is perfect for your dinner table. This recipe is just right for busy week nights or lazy weekends.
To say this recipe is a comfort food would be 100% accurate, well at least in my recipe book. Everything about this recipe is comforting to my foodie soul. The heartiness of the lentils, the fresh ingredients, and the delicious pasta!
Sometimes, it is just the simple, fresh ingredients that you pair together that make a world of difference in the flavor department. Using a fresh bell pepper, instead of frozen. However, don’t get me wrong… there are busy, busy meal times where I do use frozen items. Let’s be real, here. Life can get CRAZY! But when your schedule allows and you have some extra time to prepare fresh ingredients; it is worth it.
We used fresh basil and fresh parsley in this Vegetable Ragu. I am in LOVE with fresh herbs. They make a HUGE difference in taste. So if you were going to have to pick and choose which ingredients you used as fresh, go for the herbs! This is a delicious recipe that is great anytime of year. Be sure to hang on to this Vegetable Ragu recipe for garden season! Oh, just think of all that flavor with garden fresh vegetables!
For the pasta, I used Organic Soybean Spaghetti from Explore Cuisine. As you know, I talk about this company quite a bit. My family truly loves and enjoys all the varieties of their pasta. The best part is that it is certified gluten-free and made in a dedicated gluten-free facility! It also carries the Vegan Society seal of approval. The Organic Soybean Spaghetti has 25 grams of plant protein per serving as well as 11 grams of dietary fiber!
Not only is this pasta full of good things but it tastes great too. Really it is a win, win situation all around!
This Vegetable Ragu smells amazing as it is simmering on the stove top! Your tastebuds will be watering with excitement as dinner time nears!
Ready to learn how to make this easy, but delicious recipe? Let’s get to it!
- 1 T oil
- 12 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms diced
- 2 Large Carrots peeled and diced
- 1 c green bell pepper diced
- 1 large leek white part only, diced
- 1 c onion diced
- 1 28 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes
- 3 cups water
- 1 c green lentils rinsed and sorted (look for stones)
- 1 c fresh basil torn into smaller pieces
- 1 box of Organic Soybean Spaghetti from Explore Cuisine
- 1/2 c fresh parsley for garnish
In a large sauce pan, over medium heat, warm the oil. Begin to saute the mushrooms, carrots, bell pepper, leek and onion. This will take about 15 minutes for all the vegetables to soften.
Once veggies are soft, stir in tomatoes, water and lentils. Bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes or until lentils are soft.
Cool spaghetti per the directions on the box and plate up.
Gently, mix the fresh basil into the ragu mixture. Then spoon the ragu on top of the spaghetti.
Top with parsley and ENJOY!
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