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Tagliatelle Puy Lentil Ragu

Comforting and wholesome tagliatelle puy lentil ragu in a rich tomato and red wine sauce.

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I’m sure you’ve realised I’m a big pasta lover and it was time to add one of my favourite pasta recipes to the blog.

I think I first had lentil ragu in an Italian restaurant and fell in love instantly. Just like I fall in love with any Italian dish!

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Although a traditional ragu is slow cooked and made with meat this lentil ragu is packed with flavour and just as satisfying.

The base to this ragu starts with onion, garlic and celery. This is fried until soft and then the puy lentils are added along with the chopped tomatoes, stock, red wine and seasoning.

Puy lentils are a green peppery lentil and come from a region in France called Le Puy. I know, technically not Italian but I love the texture of them in this dish, they hold their shape better than other lentils and have a slightly chewy texture.

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They are more expensive than regular lentils but you should be able to find them in most big supermarkets, I bought the brand Gourmet Merchant. If you can’t find them, sub for a green or brown lentil.

I love using lentils as a meat substitute, they’re great in pasta sauces, curries and stews. It also helps that they’re super good for you and full of protein and fibre!

The rich tomato sauce is made up of chopped tomatoes, red wine, vegetable stock, tomato purée, balsamic vinegar, sundried tomatoes, smoked paprika and salt and pepper.

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You really can’t go wrong with this flavour combination, it’s simmered until thick and dark red in colour.

Make sure the red wine you’re using is vegan, most supermarket brands are good at labelling this now. Try Waitrose, Sainsbury’s or Co-op.

For the pasta, you can use any shape you prefer. I usually opt for a linguine, tagliatelle or pappardelle with a ragu. But I know that any type of pasta would be delicious!

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For more pasta recipes you may enjoy these:

Roasted courgette pesto pasta

Roasted red pepper and sundried tomato pasta

Creamy Butternut Pasta with Sausage Crumbles

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Tagliatelle Puy Lentil Ragu

Yield: 3-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Comforting and wholesome vegan tagliatelle puy lentil ragu. A rich tomato and red wine sauce this is the perfect meatless take on a classic!


  • 1 large red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 celery sticks
  • 3/4 cup dried puy lentils
  • 1 tin (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup red wine (or sub for extra stock)
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 4 sundried tomatoes in oil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp mixed dried herbs
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil
  • 300g tagliatelle (gf if preferred)


  1. Heat a tbsp of oil in a large saucepan on medium heat. Finely chop the onion and add, let cook for a few minutes and stir regularly
  2. Crush the garlic and chop the celery into small pieces. Add to the onion, stir and let cook for 5 minutes,
  3. When the onion is soft, rinse the lentils and add along with all the remaining ingredients, apart from the basil. Bring to a gentle simmer and leave for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. After 10 minutes, cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Before draining, reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water.
  5. The sauce should have thickened and be dark red in colour, lentils should have a bit of a bite to them.
  6. Add the pasta water to the sauce along with roughly chopped basil, stir and then add the pasta. Mix well and serve with fresh basil and vegan parmesan!


Best eaten fresh but will keep in the fridge in an air tight container for 3-4 days.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 391mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 12g

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Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Made this last night and it was divine! I subbed the celery for a couple carrots, and port instead of wine, and it turned out great! Mopped up the sauce with some garlic bread too! 10/10 will make again


Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Hi Joe, thanks for your comment. So glad you enjoyed it, the subs sound delicious! Even better with garlic bread, yum! Thanks, Tamsin xo


Friday 27th of November 2020

Amazing flavours and a promising recipe but i’ve gotta say, the liquid quantities are next level way off what they should be. I followed the recipe to the T and at 25 mins the lentils were still well and truly raw. I think 1 litre of stock (4 cups) would have worked Better perhaps not 250ml (1/2 cup). Not sure yet tho as it’s still cooking after 45 mins!


Monday 30th of November 2020

Hi Jonny, thanks for your comment. I am not too sure what has gone wrong here. I have made this quite a few times and so have my readers and not had any problems. Dried puy lentils shouldn't take longer than 25 minutes to cook and 4 cups of stock would be far too much liquid (in addition to the wine and chopped tomatoes). Puy lentils should still have a bit of bite. Sorry that it didn't work out for you, if you have any further questions, please let me know. Thanks, Tamsin xo


Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Absolutely love this recipe. I also add about a tablespoon of nutritional yeast to enrich further! I’m not a vegan or even vegetarian, but this rivals my beef bolognese. Delicious with a macaroni cheese topping the next day too!

Lizzie Nicholls

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

Gorgeous dish! my family loved it! Found it requires more stock than stated though :)

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