Pasta with Vegetable Ragu

Pasta with Vegetable Ragu

By 16/03/2012

How about having a meat free day? Lots of people have meat every day. Recently we heard on the news that eating too much red meat could be worse than we actually used to think. It is excellent in small quantities but could be unhealthy if we gorge on it too much.

Certainly the thought of a thick juicy steak cooking in a pan makes my mouth begin to water... it is just too damn good! I usually limit red meat to once a week and have another day of white meat instead (usually chicken like most people), than is fish, eggs, cheese and pulses the other days of the week.

In the Italian cuisine it is easy to find meat free dishes. There are plenty of pasta and rice dishes which are delicious without adding any meat to it. For instance adding aubergines to pasta makes the dish ever so tasty you begin to think it is even better than meat.

Anyway last night I fed my family pasta with this sauce which I made in 40 minutes. As I had the approval of my children that was tasty, I decided to post it. So here you are:


  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes



Chop the onion and all the other vegetables finely. In a pan stir fry them with a couple of tbsp of olive oil for about 10 minutes.

Add the tomato passata and the tomato concentrated, salt and pepper and cook on a low heat for about 30 minutes. Add 3 tbsp of olive oil.

Cook the pasta al dente in salty water and add the sauce to it.
Sprinkle with grated Parmesan.

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29 Responses to Pasta with Vegetable Ragu

  1. simple baking

    Looks inviting. One question though.. What is tomato passata?

  2. Sew Appetising

    Looks great Alida, we had a meat-free night last night…am just writing it up to post on blog laterSara x

  3. Alexandra

    Fantastic, I'm looking for more meat free recipes not only to be more healthy but to help me save money. x

  4. Alida

    It is tomato sauce with nothing else added. Take care X

  5. Suchi

    The pasta is looking so yummy…would love to try this…we Indians also do a lot of vegetarian dishes…I love them as much as I love the non vegetarian ones 🙂

  6. Hema

    It looks so good, what is tomato passata..

  7. Alida

    It is simple tomato sauce X

  8. Recetario Spanglish para mis hijos

    Alida, I agree with you. I cannot leave the steak, but once a week is fine for me, not for the male at home, they are really carnivorous! This sauce is wonderful, nutritious and also I like the density, I thought at first you used ¨vegetarian meat¨. Have a great weekend!

  9. Rosita Vargas

    es una verdadera tentación un plato único y contundente me encanta,abrazos y abrazos.

  10. Gloria

    look delicious pasta is the favorite of my son Alida:)

  11. Lenia

    A great and healthy pasta dish!New follower!Complimenti per il tuo bellissimo blog!Se ti va,passa dal mio per scoprire la cucina greca!Saluti da Grecia!

  12. Javelin Warrior

    This looks like my kind of meal – I rarely add meat to tomato sauces and actually think they taste better with out the meat because you can taste the tomatoes 😉 To be honest, I mostly only have red meat when I eat "out" and since that doesn't happen often, I don't eat it much…

  13. Pola M

    I'm going for almost vegetarian lately. I keep using pancetta and anchovies and those sort of things to give flavor to a dish, but am hardly cooking any meat… bF is getting restless though…

  14. Una Semplice Passione

    Bellissima ricetta! Si, e vero, mangiamo tutti troppa carne. Anche io, come te, mangio 1 o 2 volte alla settimana un po' di carne. Ragu come questi del tuo post mi fanno impazzire! Adoro mangiare verdure in questo modo.

  15. maha

    yummy n tasty pasta.looks wonderful….Maha

  16. Rita

    What a healthy meal!I love to make this when my fresh herbs are in season.Rita

  17. Norma Chang

    Looks so delicious and satisfying not to mention healthy.

  18. ramya

    So wonderfully Italian!Perfect for the season of lent!!

  19. Elpiniki

    Great dish! I love all the ingredients in!

  20. Lauralovescakes

    You can't beat a nice ragu…it's the ideal dinner at the end of the day…tasty and satisfying! 🙂

  21. LAURA

    Sicuramente i figli hanno approvato……con un sughetto così buono, la pasta è ottima!!!Baci

  22. OLGUIS

    wow this looks so so good and I am so hungry after I saw this picture.RegardsOlga.

  23. Giovanna

    Sono d'accordo, mangiare troppa carne fa male, e il sugo preparato semplice con pomodori, sedano, carota, cipolla e basilico mi piace molto.E' uno dei piatti che mangio più frequentemente! :-)Un bacione e buona settimana

  24. La cucina di Molly

    Questo ragù di verdure a me piace molto, lo preferisco molto al ragù di carne che è molto pesante!Questo piatto è uno dei preferiti di mio figlio,lo mangerebbe ogni giorno!Brava!Ciao

  25. Pegasuslegend

    very very delcious meal here one of our favorites and yours is perfection Italian pasta !

  26. Marina

    HOw did I miss this post? It's delicious! I need to learn how to make penne pasta also… Any ideas?

  27. Alida

    I like them with tuna and tomato as well!

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