Red Lentil Ragu

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Naturally, after a long-ass post about not doing many new recipes yesterday, I got the urge to chop the hell out of some garlic and create something. The result was this delicious red lentil ragu.

IMG_1960Inspired by this recipe, I tweaked it slightly to make due with what I had and was trying to use up. I loved this and am happy to have some leftovers in the freezer.


  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1.5 cups dried red lentils
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • ~3 cups water
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook gently for ~5 minutes until soft.
  2. Stir in red lentils, chopped tomatoes, and seasonings. Add water. Bring to a boil, then simmer and hen cook on low for 40-50 mins until the lentils are tender.

Serve over pasta or—as I did—steamed kale (I wanted to have toast with avocado on the side). Top with grated parmesan cheese if desired.

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Do you like red lentils? What was the last thing you cooked? 

5 thoughts on “Red Lentil Ragu

    lilykingtaylor said:
    March 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Looks delicious. I make similar things all the time, they’re so versatile and so easy. I usually whip up some cous cous to go with 🙂
    Yum yum!

      Jess responded:
      March 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Nice! I have some leftover quinoa I’ll probably use—or pasta. Hard to go wrong.

    thatrecipe said:
    March 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I just sprouted some lentils this week – which would make them totally not work for this recipe. But I only did part of a bag, so I think I will make this with the leftovers. Thanks for sharing.

      Jess responded:
      March 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm


    moderngirlnutrition said:
    March 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm


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