Turmeric Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower-Lentil Ragu

by our foodie friend Peggy Lampman. Read more on her blog

Roasted Cauliflower-Lentil Ragu Pasta

Servings 6


  • 4 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 2 cups chopped white onion
  • 1 tbsp minched fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 28 oz can whole italian tomatoes
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1-2 cups vegetable, chicken stock, or water
  • 1 small cauliflower cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1 tbsp ghee or butter optional
  • chopped fresh cilantro to taste
  • 12 oz. Al Dente pasta


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add onions and sauté 2 minutes. Stir in ginger, garlic, curry, cumin and coriander and continue cooking an additional 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir tomatoes into seasoned onions; break up tomatoes with a fork. Simmer tomatoes an additional minute and then stir in lentils.
  • Cook lentils in sauce until tender, about 35-45 minutes, stirring in 1/2 cup stock or water as needed to insure lentils don’t stick to pan, as you would do when making a risotto.
  • While lentils are simmering, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Toss cauliflower florets with remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and arrange on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Roast cauliflower on middle-rack of oven 6-8 minutes or until florets are tender and golden brown. When lentils are tender, stir roasted cauliflower into the pan. For extra richness, if desired, stir ghee or butter into ragu. Season with cilantro and pepper flakes.
  • Boil pasta for five minutes, according to package instructions, and drain. Serve with Lentil-Roasted Cauliflower Ragu.


Leftover ragu keeps, refrigerated, for several days

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