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Thanks to our friends at the organic and natural food store As Natured Intended, we are sharing with you a series of plant-based recipes covering all courses from a pre-dinner snack, through to main courses and desserts. The below recipe is the first of two main course dishes in the series.

Vegan Ragu Stew

Ingredients (Serves 4)

2 large onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 red or yellow peppers, chopped (seeds and stem removed)
2 tbsp olive oil
150g of Bonsan Kofu Ragu Chunks
2 medium courgettes, sliced into rounds
225g white mushrooms, halved or sliced
400g can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato puree
3 tsp oregano
2 tsp dried basil
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Then add the chopped onions and a sprinkling of salt; sauté for 3-4 minutes until transparent, but not browned.
  2. Add the peppers and sauté an additional 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and then add garlic, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the Bonsan Kofu Regu chunks and season with salt, pepper, and ½ tsp dried basil. Stir occasionally, until brown on all sides (about 5 minutes).
  4. Add the browned Bonsan Kofu Regu chunks to the large pot and, without cleaning the frying pan, add the mushrooms and courgettes. Sauté for 3-4 minutes until mushrooms are browned and the courgettes softened. Transfer to the large pot.
  5. Add remaining dried herbs, a few grinds of black pepper, and salt to taste; stir.
  6. Increase heat to medium-high, add tomatoes and tomato paste and simmer together for 10-15 minutes. Serve with a large chunk of sourdough bread.

Enjoy!

Originally published at https://www.asnatureintended.uk.com/ on May 16, 2019, republished with permission