One thing that is often lacking in vegan recipes is grease! Although that’s probably best the majority of the time, sometimes a little grease is in order. This ragu is made using Linda McCartney’s veggie sausages which are often the only vegan friendly meat substitutes in local supermarkets. Unfortunately her entire range isn’t vegan friendly but the sausages, pies and mince are safe. These vegetarian sausages are sufficiently greasy to make a rich comforting ‘meaty’ ragu – perfect for autumnal duvet days!
Ingredients – Serves 2
1 large carrot (finely chopped)
1 large stick of celery (finely chopped)
1 red onion (finely chopped)
2 large cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
4 Linda Mccartney vegetarian sausages -thawed (sold in packs of 6)
3/4 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato puree
Glug of red wine or balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Marmite (optional!)
150g dried pasta or spaghetti
*Seasoning* Salt, pepper, dried herbs or fresh basil
Method (40 mins)
1. Finely chop the carrots, celery, onions, seasoning and garlic and fry in a tablespoon of olive oil on a medium heat in a pan until soft (around 10 mins).
2. Whilst the veggies are cooking chop the sausages into chunks. If you haven’t had time to thaw them prior to cooking microwave on a high heat for a minute until they are soft enough to chop.
3. Add the sausage chunks to the pan and allow them to cook with the veggies for a further 10 mins.
4. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and a glug of wine or balsamic vinegar (balsamic vinegar is a good cheap substitute for wine in pasta dishes). At this point I also add a teaspoon of marmite just to add a bit of depth and richness but miss this out if you’re not a fan! Allow the ragu to boil on a medium heat for 20 mins whilst the pasta is cooking.
5. Boil the dried pasta or spaghetti in salty water for 10-20 mins depending on the type of pasta you are using.
6. Serve the ragu with pasta and a sprinkling of vegan cheese if you have some. I would recommend Vegusto ‘No-Moo Piquant’ which can be bought in most whole foods stores or online.