Salsa Bella Ragu

A ragu is a traditional Italian meat-based dish served with pasta, that varies according to region.  This is my own meatless ragu – very rich and exotic, with a wonderful texture and full of flavour.  Serve it with the pasta of your choice, and Enjoy !



¾ cup puy lentils (French lentils), precooked – do not overcook them, leave them chewy. If you can’t find these, try these links : (US or UK)

½ bulb garlic

1 medium sized red onion

1 red chilli

½ medium red bell pepper, chopped into small squares

6 sundried tomato halves, chopped and set aside

4 small portobello mushrooms, chopped small

olive oil

Himalayan salt (US or UK)

¼ tsp asafoetida (can be found at this UK link, or US)

½ cup (125 mL) dry white wine

3 Tbsp tomato paste

1 14 oz tin chopped tomatoes

1 Tbsp porcini mushroom powder (optional)

1 tsp stevia (available in US or UK), or other sweetener of your choice (for example coconut sugar – available in US or UK)



  1. Preboil the lentils in a small saucepan, and drain once tenderized.  Be sure not to overcook them, as they need to remain a little chewy.
  2. Next, process the onion, garlic and chilli in a food processor until finely chopped.
  3. Heat up your oil, and fry your garlic, onion, and chilli mix.  When the onions become transparent, add the finely chopped mushrooms.
  4. Add in the chopped tomatoes, and stir for a couple of minutes, then add the remaining ingredients, and simmer gently for 25 minutes or so. It will thicken beautifully. Finally, add a little bit of water to achieve the perfect consistency, and serve with your favourite pasta.


All recipes and content © Miriam Sorrell 2010




  1. Shinelle Cross

    Hi! I went to the supermarket to get the ingredients but over here we don’t have the porcini mushroom powder, the asafoetida. Did not get the chilli pepper either but there was chilli flakes. I was able to get the mushrooms and I still have t get the wine…..the powder I see is optional, what about the asafoetida & chilli? Really want to try this some time this week when I get the wine 🙂 Looks delicious

  2. Shinelle Hi there. Use onion powder instead of the astafoetida and chilli powder instead of the fresh chillies if you wish. No worries about the mushroom powder, just add a few extra mushrooms, but be sure to have the wine and taste it for salt before serving. Enjoy !

  3. Shinelle Cross

    Thank you! We def have onion powder & chilli powder! Will let you know when I do try it later on in the week…thanks!

  4. Your welcome Shinelle. 🙂

  5. I did have the Porcini Mushroom Powder and liked the taste it added. Although I only added just over 1/2 a tablespoon but will add the whole one next time. I bought mine at a health food outlet. The sauce is very tasty and the addition of wine makes it a lovely “grownup” flavour. Nice recipe.

  6. With spaghetti yummy heavenly. i love spaghetti. They go with anything…..have to try it shortly…..

  7. You will love this Joe. 🙂

  8. Thanks there Maraika and best your way as always ! 🙂

  9. p.s this is even more delicious when left overs are reheated a couple of days later.

  10. That is so true Maraika !

  11. this was sooooooo good!!I loved it . thanks xx

  12. ps how many is it meant to serve?

  13. Thanks so much Sommer, so glad you made and enjoyed it ! I very much look forward to your future comments on my blog. Best your way in the meantime. 🙂

  14. Sommer Hi again, depending on portion size and one’s own appetite I would say around 3-4. 🙂

  15. this looks absolutely delish! I’m new here today, and seeing many great things, this will be a regular spot for me. Miriam, we’re been vega for over a year, but I’m getting into a rut. I need 8-9 quick and easy slam dunk dinners. I’m horrible at meal planning……..can you suggest your easy go-to’s?

    Thanks for such terrific work! xx

  16. OH! Husband had gout and lentils are not so good. What other smaller beans would work do you think?

  17. Lizzie any other bean will do, I would probably go for red kidney beans and a few peas. Omit the wine. Remember if your husband needs to alkalize his system (since gout is associated with acid in the body) then squeeze a half lemon for him and give it to him with some warm water first thing in the morning – it really should help a lot. I am a nutritionist and another page I run on FB is a page called ‘Vegan Rejuvenation’ – I hope all this helps and keep well. 🙂

  18. Awesome…thank you for all that, lovely to meet you Miriam! Right now I’m juice feasting, but I’ll be back.

  19. Hi there Lizzie and thanks for dropping by here. I very much look forward to your future comments on my blog. 🙂

  20. I very much look forward to making this! Love pasta recipes, and puy lentils…

  21. Enjoy Tehmina and let me know how it goes as and when ! 🙂

  22. Another great recipe Miriam, thank you. Went perfect with penne 🙂

  23. Bec Hi – that’s awesome, so glad you enjoyed it, and it does indeed go very well with penne I agree. 🙂

  24. I omitted the wine, bell peppers and porcini mushroom powder, and added extra sun-dried tomatoes instead. Also used tomato-chilli sauce instead of fresh chilli. It turned out great and my husband kept coming back for seconds! It was lovely served with mushroom tortellini…

  25. Hi Tehmina – Sounds like a great combo, and you didn’t miss out on the mushrooms since the tortellini where stuffed with them ! So glad you and your husband enjoyed this ! 🙂

  26. Sounds yummy, but isn’t pasta made with eggs? How does that work with vegan? I need a recipe for a banquet and I on’t want to upset anyone.

  27. Hi there Barbara and thanks for dropping by here. The answer to your question is NO – most pasta’s ingredients you purchase in packets contain :- durum wheat semolina and water, and therefore most pasta out there is vegan (thankfully 🙂 ). That said there are other pastas that are egg pasta and they say that on the packet ‘egg pasta’ – have a look at the labels and see, it will be easy for you to find a normal egg free pasta. Hope this helps you !

  28. My family and I homestead an sustenance farm a small homestead in the foot hills of Kentucky. There is a business component to our efforts. We ship the worlds hottest peppers under the name Peppers by Mail. But most of our efforts are to put food on the table.

    There is not much to do during the winter months other than tend the critters. So I find myself googling for new recipes. Things I want to try and things that help me decide what to grow each year.

    Wanted to say I keep finding my way back to this site. Another wonderful recipe. Thank you.

  29. This was delicious! We couldn’t find asafoetida and mushroom powder was super expensive, so we added some vinegar towards the end of cooking for a bit of a kick. It was delicious! We also put in some broccolini which added a nice crunch. Really yummy and hearty pasta dish for us vegans. Thanks Miriam!

  30. Hi there Rebecca, and glad you enjoyed it. Please do try my other pasta sauces as I feel you might really enjoy them, in particular my bolognese and pesto ones. Look forward to your future comments on my blog ! 🙂


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *