Charlie's tomato & vegetable sauce
What you need:
1 onion finely chopped
1 red pepper finely chopped
2 crushed garlic cloves
A handful of fresh spinach leaves (or a block of frozen spinach)
1 tin of tomatoes
250ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp oil
50g finely grated cheese (parmesan is good but choose whatever you like)
What you do:
1. Add oil to a large pan and turn on to a medium high heat
2. Add the onions, peppers and garlic
3. Cook for 5 mins or until golden and soft
4. Add tomato puree and red wine vinegar stir well
5. Cook for 2 more minutes
6. Add can of tomatoes and stock
7. Add a pan lid, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes
8. Add the spinach
9. Turn the heat down to low and cook for another 8 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken
10. Take the pan off the heat, add the grated cheese
To serve, stir through pasta, or pour over meatballs and rice, or enjoy with a jacket potato or on top of polenta chips or sweet potato fries!
Thank you Charlie for this delicious recipe.
What you need:
2 garlic cloves
1/4 red cabbage
1/4 green cabbage
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
4 tbsp red lentils
salt pepper and oregano
4 gluten free pasta lasagne sheets
50g plain flour
What you do:
1. Chop the vegetables up small
2. Put 2 tbsp oil in a large pan and add the onion and garlic
3. Cook onion and garlic until soft, for about 5 minutes
4. Add the carrots, cabbages and lentils, cook for another 5 minutes
5. Add the tinned tomatoes, add a little water to one of the tins to wash the tomatoes out into the pan
6. Leave to cook for 15 minutes
7. Make the white sauce. Put the butter in a pan and melt it gently.
8. Add the flour and stir. Keep stirring.
9. Add the milk a bit at a time and keep stirring.
10. Keep stirring until the sauce starts to go thick and bubble.
11. Take the sauce off the heat and leave to one side
12. The veggie mixture should be soft now, add salt, pepper and oregano - check it tastes nice
13. Use a large baking pan to put the lasagne in
14. Put a layer of veggie mix on the bottom of the pan
15. Add a layer of pasta lasagne sheets
16. Add some white sauce
17. Add another layer of veggie mix
18. Add another layer of pasta lasagne sheets
19. Put the white sauce over the top
20. Grate cheese over the top and put into a hot oven until bubbling and brown on top
It doesn't matter what vegetables you use, use whatever you like. And it doesn't matter what cheese you use - or you can leave it out altogether if you don't like it. I used gluten free flour and pasta, but you don't have to.
See how to cook this recipe on my YouTube channel LexieCooks
This recipe is good for young children - it is great cold and reheated the next day for a tasty leftovers lunch!
This recipe was created for our friends at Turning Heads CIC.
Turning Heads CIC provide benefit to people in Devon with learning disabilities, who are homeless, who are furthest from employment and education and the long-term unemployed to develop skills, find employment, attain qualifications, gain work experience and increase social opportunity and wellbeing.
Turning Heads run a number of cooking programmes each year, both in person and virtually, the recipes and interactive video tutorials can be found at www.turningheads.org.uk
You will need:
70g red lentils
1 white onion
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
a pinch of chilli flakes
100g frozen peas
2 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves
20g salted butter
What to do:
1. Boil a litre of water in the kettle
2. Add the boiled water to the pan
3. Add the red lentils to the pan
4. Boil the lentils for 10 minutes
5. Turn down the heat to low and let the lentil simmer for another 15 minutes until they are soft
6. Chop 1 white onion
7. Crush or finely chop 1 clove of garlic
8. Next you need a large frying pan. Add 2 tbsp of oil to it
9. Add the chopped onion to the pan and cook gently on a medium heat
10. Chop the spinach leaves up
11. When the onion is see through, add the chopped garlic and 1 tsp cumin, and a pinch of chilli flakes
12. The lentils should be ready - they should be gloopy. Pour them into the pan with the onion and mix it all together. If it's too thick add a small drop of water - you can choose how thick you like it but I like it sludgey. Keep it on a low heat.
12. Add the frozen peas and mix
13. Add the spinach leaves and mix
14. Stir in the salted butter
15. Pour into two bowls and eat!
I love this recipe served with pitta bread or wild garlic sourdough rolls. Thank you Jazz - this is my favourite lentil recipe in the whole entire world!
Lexie Adamson, aged 21