Let’s make Lentil Ragu!

We all have that thing where we want to eat healthily but we don’t want to be starving or feel hungry, so we choose pizza over freshly cooked food. I am the WORST at this, my favourite food is pizza so I’m trying to cook fresh wherever I can.

Food can be about enjoyment and nourishment.

I just had to write a post about making Madeleine Shaw’s Lentil Ragu! It’s soooo easy, using things from the cupboard and fridge that you probably end up wasting. It’s also ridiculously tasty. Fancy a go at making it?

Make Madeleine Shaw’s Lentil Ragu with aannmariedoeslife:


You will need:


Place the butter/oil in a large pot, add the onion and  sauté with a  pinch of salt for 5  minutes until  golden. Add the celery, garlic and  carrot and  sauté for another 5 minutes.

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Stir in the thyme and tomato  puree then add in the lentils, stock and can of tomatoes. Cook on a low heat for 30 minutes, adding a little water if it gets dry. Season with salt and pepper. It will look very tomatoey and almost wrong, you’ll be thinking ‘woah that’s a lot of water/tomato/stock’ but actually for the 30 minutes to cook everything together, the water is necessary.



Leave it on a low heat for 30 minutes it should look thicker and have reduced significantly.


Grab a bowl of this with some rice, sorted! It’s perfect as a lunch snack or as a dinner with some vegetables.

If you enjoy cooking this, or want to know more about Madeleine Shaw’s recipes, she has 3 books out and they’re all bloody brilliant for working families and working couples… well actually, for everyone:

Madeleine Shaw’s Year of Beautiful Eating

Madeleine Shaw’s Ready Steady Glow

Madeleine Shaw’s Get The Glow


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