Lentil ragu with spaghetti


Lentil ragu with spaghetti


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



Utterly delicious! Deeply savoury, filling and satisfying.

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

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


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

Faggots & Gravy

Lentil Ragu Lasagna

Absolutely delicious! Serve with a bit of salad, garlic bread or cooked vegetables

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Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: vegetarian
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 783kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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Ragu layer Ingredients

  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped,
  • 110 g red lentils finely chopped,
  • 1.5 tblsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 287ml ml water boiling
  • 50 g cheddar grated

Bechamel Layer

  • 25 g butter
  • 25 g flour
  • 250 ml milk
  • nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1-2 bay leaf optional
  • salt and pepper
  • 50 g flour
  • 40 g cheddar grated


To Make bechamel

  • melt the butter in a saucepan.
  • Add the flour and stir around to mix and cook a little.
  • Now add half a cup of the milk and stir continuously until the milk is absorbed.
  • Repeat until all the milk has been used.
  • Simmer very gently for around half an hour with the lid on.
  • Now add half a cup of the milk and stir continuously until the milk is absorbed.
  • Infuse with a bay leaf or two if you have any and add a little grated nutmeg right at the end if you have any.

  • Season well with salt and pepper, taste and adjust. Use a little spoon of mustard if you like.

To make pasta

  • For 2: put 50g flour in a bowl and add enough cold water to make a pastry like dough.
    For 4: For 4, use 100g flour.
  • Knead a little, or just leave in the bowl for a couple of hours and the gluten will develop.
  • Divide into 3.
  • Roll out each third to the thickness of a credit card and approximately the shape of your dish.

Layer up your lasagna

  • Divide your ragu into 3 sections in the saucepan.
  • Divide the bechamel into 4 sections in the saucepan.
  • Divide the cheddar into 4.
  • Ragu
    sprinkle with a little parmesan or cheddar if liked
  • Now top it all off with the last layer of bechamel.
  • Sprinkle with a little parmesan or cheddar
  • Bake at 180c for about half an hour until golden and bubbling.


Priced at Asda using mySupermarket, February 2019
Total cost £2.21, 55p a serving(4)
Nutrition per serving 545 calories, 22g protein, 27g fat, 53g carbs
Use plant milk, a vegan spread and a vegan cheese for vegans, or just leave out the cheese part. If you can't find lasagna sheets without egg, and you want to make this vegan, you could try making pasta, it's really not very difficult. I've found that this can be used as a basic recipe for lasagna, just changing the ragu layer for all sorts of other things.

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Nutrition Facts
Lentil Ragu Lasagna
Amount Per Serving
Calories 783 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 441mg19%
Potassium 937mg27%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 19g79%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 1025IU21%
Vitamin C 9.2mg11%
Calcium 514mg51%
Iron 6.6mg37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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