A sausage ragu is one of those recipes you often see on pretentious Italian cooking shows. The chef spends all day cooking it and it looks like tomato slop on a plate. I decided I’d write my own recipe for it which can be completed without fancy ingredients and in about 30 minutes. This is now one of my favourite comfort food meals. It’s fresh and fragrant, yet filling and hearty. Everything you want in a dish right? Take a look at this!
I enjoyed mine with a lovely Welsh cider really complemented the flavours in the sauce! :) (Pretentious or what? :P )
1 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped or minced
8 vegan sausages (I used Linda McCartney as these days I’m skint.)
2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
400 ml vegetable stock
2 tbsp tomato puree
400g instant polenta
1 whole block of vegan cheese (I used Cheezly because it’s hard to get hold of much in rural South Wales. Try Tesco’s smoked vegan cheese for the best flavours.)
4 fresh rosemary sprigs
Make the ragu! Heat the oil in a frying pan. Cook the onions and garlic for a few minutes on a medium heat.
Stir in the sausages, breaking them up into small pieces as they defrost. This should take roughly 8 minutes.
Stir in the chopped tomatoes, stock, tomato puree and most of the rosemary. Leave to simmer for about 10 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken.
Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
Whilst the ragu is simmering away, it’s time to make the cheesy polenta. Make up the polenta as per the packet instructions. Remove from the heat and stir in your cheese. (You’ll need to have grated it for this to work.) Season as you wish.
To plate up, pour the ragu over the top of the polenta and add some fresh sprigs of rosemary.
I really hope you enjoy this dish. It’s worth the time and effort to make it. :)