Rapid ragu

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
2 tbsp garlic oil
225g cubed pancetta
450g ground lamb
60g caramelised onions *available at gourmet and specialty stores as Onion Confit, or recipe follows
80ml Marsala
1 (400g) can diced tomatoes
80g green lentils
110ml water
110g grated red Leicester or Cheddar, optional
1 tbsp olive oil
450g sliced onions (about 2 medium size onions)
1) For the caramelized onions: Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until the onions are a deep golden brown and soft, about 25 to 30 minutes. Make sure to use a gentle heat and cook the onions slowly so they don't burn. Onions will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.

2) For the ragu: Heat the oil in a wide, medium-sized saucepan, and fry the pancetta until beginning to crisp.

3) Add the lamb breaking it up with a fork in the bacony pan as it browns.

4) Tip in the caramelized onions, Marsala, tomatoes, lentils and water and bring the pan to the boil.

5) Simmer the ragu for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Sprinkle over the cheese before serving, if using.

Recipe from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson (published by Chatto & Windus) Visit Nigella's site.

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