Vegan Borlotti Bean Ragù (Inspired By My Italian Grandmother's Recipe)

October 29, 2019
Ragù, or bolognese sauce as it’s known abroad, is a staple for most Italian families. Depending on the region you live in people will cook it differently, as there are many variations. Unfortunately, the original recipe contains meat, but this doesn’t mean that it’s the only one: there are also versions of ragù made with pulses. I am fortunate enough to have a grandmother who would often make me and my cousins the best bean ragù ever, growing up. Even after I went vegan, she kept trying to perfect her bean or lentil ragù, because she knew I just loved it so much.
Vegan Borlotti Bean Ragu

Vegan Borlotti Bean Ragù (Inspired By My Italian Grandmother’s Recipe)

Recipe Type: Hearty Entrees
utensils YIELDS 2 servings
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  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 stick Celery
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 can (about 240 grams) Borlotti beans
  • 400 grams Tomato passata
  • a pinch Sugar
  • a pinch Salt
  • a pinch Nutmeg
  • 3 or 4 Cloves
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 stick Celery
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 can (about 240 grams) Borlotti beans
  • 400 grams Tomato passata
  • a pinch Sugar
  • a pinch Salt
  • a pinch Nutmeg
  • 3 or 4 Cloves
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Directions

1. Wash and mince the onion, carrot, celery and garlic.
2. Heat up a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a pan. Once hot, add minced onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Sautè for a few minutes, until onion is translucent.
3. Add the tomato passata, a pinch of sugar and a pinch of salt, and the borlotti beans. Stir well. Add a pinch of nutmeg and a few cloves.
4. Bring to a boil and then cover with a lid, reducing to low.
5. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring every now and then.
6. Done!

I personally love to use this sauce with penne or rigatoni, but you can use it on your favorite pasta. It’s so simple but so delicious! And if you want to try and switch it up a bit, you can always use lentils or peas instead of borlotti beans. Enjoy!

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Animal lover since birth, vegan since 2015, loves reading, yoga, skincare and traveling. Entranced by Japan ever since studying there, Anna can be found on Twitter @hymntothesea.

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