Lentil Ragu

Lentil Ragu

Preparation time: 15min

Cooking time: 20-25min

Number of servings: 4-6

Carbon Footprint (per serving): 0.67 kgCO2e


  • 2 medium white onions.
  • 4 garlic cloves.
  • 2 carrots.
  • 2 celery sticks.
  • 6 chestnut mushrooms.
  • 1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs.
  • 1 tablespoon marmite or worcester sauce.
  • 3 tablespoon tomato puree.
  • 800ml vegetable stock.
  • 300g red lentils.
  • 300g pasta.
  • 100g grated cheese.


  1. Finely dice the onions, celery and carrots.
  2. Chop the garlic.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pan, add the onions and cook for 5 minutes until softened.
  4. Add the celery, carrots, mushrooms and garlic and cook for 5-10 minutes until soft.
  5. Add the mixed herbs and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the tomato puree and cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in the lentils.
  8. Add the stock and stir through the marmite or Worcester sauce.
  9. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the lentils are soft. Meanwhile, cook the pasta.
  10. Season the ragu (the tomato mixture) with a pinch of salt and pepper if required.
  11. Drain the pasta and stir it into the ragu.
  12. Sprinkle with cheese and enjoy.
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  • Access to kitchen hob
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Large pan
  • Wooden spoon (or anther stirring utensil)
  • Measuring jug or weighing scales
  • Tablespoon measurer
  • Colander (or something to drain pasta with)

Considering Carbon Footprint

Carbon footprint (per serving): 0.67 kgCO2e. This is the same as making 32 mugs of tea.*

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*Calculations made using the Carbon Footprint Calculator created by the Consumer Data Research Centre at University of Leeds.

Our aims for the outdoor food activities were to include a range of vegetables, herbs, pulses and spices that families may not have used before. We also wanted to use recipes that were affordable meals on a budget. We found the simpler recipes worked best with some choice in what they added. The children liked chopping some veg but it was helpful to have some ready done as well.

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