Thursday, 7 February 2008

Rapid Ragu

This quick & easy recipe is from Nigella Express. I've made it with lamb & beef, both delicious & versatile. it can be served as Nigella does with grated cheese on top, or with corn chips, or really as you like. I did caramelize my own onions rather than using pre bought.


2 tbsp garlic oil

125g/4½oz cubed pancetta

500g/1lb 1½oz minced lamb

75g/2¾oz caramelised onions (from a jar)

80ml/2¾fl oz marsala wine

1 x 400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes

75g/2¾oz red lentils

125ml/4½fl oz water

50g/2oz grated Red Leicester or cheddar, to serve (optional)

1. Heat the oil in a wide saucepan and fry the pancetta until beginning to turn crisp and golden-brown.
2. Add the minced lamb, breaking it up with a fork, and stir until browned.
3. Add the caramelised onions, marsala, tomatoes, lentils and water and bring to the boil.
4. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. To serve, divide the ragù between four serving bowls and sprinkle with grated cheese, if using.


Maria said...

Ooooo your ragu looks really delish. I have Nigella Express and to be honest I've not really enjoyed it as much as her other books. But saying that I have done some recipes from the book. If you haven't tried the Chocolate Pear Pudding, then you must!


ruthEbabes said...

This looks fab, and so true, a really versatile dish. Ragu is great comfort food and perfect for a cosy night in when it's cold.

Rosie said...

Great looking Ragu looks a perfect comfort food thats for sure!

Rosie x

Jeena said...

This looks delicious Ruthe is right a cosy night in with this would be great. :-)

Kevin said...

With pancetta, lamb, marsala, and cheese this ragu does sound tasty!

Cooking and the City said...

Maria thank you. the book is very different from her others but there are lots of good things in it. wow that choc pear pudding does look good. thanks for the heads up :-)

Ruth it was cool here last night & your right the ragu was perfect for a cosy night in, thanks :-)

Cooking and the City said...

Rosie, Jeena and Kevin, thank you all so much for your kind comments & as always many thanks for stopping by :-)

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