Lentil ragu with courgetti

A healthy tomato 'pasta' dish that makes full use of your spiralizer. This vegan-friendly supper is five of your five-a-day and will fill you to the brim

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:40 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 578
  • fat 7g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 87g
  • sugars 19g
  • fibre 14g
  • protein 35g
  • salt 0.2g


  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil, plus 1 tsp
  • 3 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 140g button mushrooms from a 280g pack, quartered
  • 500g pack dried red lentils
  • 500g pack passata
  • 1l reduced-salt vegetable bouillon (we used Marigold)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 large courgettes, cut into noodles with a spiraliser, julienne peeler or knife



This makes quite a generous portion, but any leftover ragu will freeze well.



  1. Heat the 2 tbsp oil in a large sauté pan. Add the celery, carrots, garlic and onions, and fry for 4-5 mins over a high heat to soften and start to colour. Add the mushrooms and fry for 2 mins more.

  2. Stir in the lentils, passata, bouillon, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Cover the pan and leave to simmer for 30 mins until the lentils are tender and pulpy. Check occasionally and stir to make sure the mixture isn’t sticking to the bottom of the pan; if it does, add a drop of water.

  3. To serve, heat the remaining oil in a separate frying pan, add the courgette and stir-fry briefly to soften and warm through. Serve half the ragu with the courgetti and chill the rest to eat on another day. Can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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