It's no secret I LOVE Nigella Lawson and if she ever goes vegan I'll be dancing a self choreographed happy dance in the street but until then I have to find a way to veganize her wonderful recipes.
I've just been watching her "Express" series again, cause I love watching her work and every recipe is under 30 minutes...hurrah! Ragu is an Italian meat based pasta sauce. This one based on "Rapid Ragu" is a bit like having vegan ground beef in a fancy sauce with melted cheese on top - basically comfort food you will NOT want to share. (Sidebar-Am I the only one who hates sharing food?)
2 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil
125 grams faux bacon bits
500 grams faux ground beef
75 grams caramelized onions (you can buy these in a jar or make them yourself)
80 ml Marsala wine or Sherry
1 x 400 grams can chopped tomatoes
75 grams green lentils
125 ml water
50 grams grated vegan Cheddar cheese
Heat the oil in a wide, medium-sized saucepan, and fry the faux bacon until beginning to crisp.
Add the faux beef, breaking it up with a fork in the bacony pan as it browns.
Tip in the caramelized onions, Marsala, tomatoes, lentils and water and bring the pan to the boil.
Cover with the lid, if using, and simmer the ragu for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle with the cheese (if using) before serving.