Vegetable Ragu

Number of Servings: 8 (609 g)
Active Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 5 hours
Vegetable Ragu

A ragu is a slow-cooked tomato sauce that’s wonderful for a slow weekend dinner. Start it mid-morning and let it cook all day. Your house will smell amazing, and your taste buds will thank you come dinnertime.


  • 2½ lbs. eggplant
  • ½ cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 large carrots, finely diced
  • 3 lbs. mushrooms, finely diced
  • 12 oz. beer
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans no-salt-added whole tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Drizzle whole eggplants with half of the oil, wrap in foil, and place on a baking sheet. Roast until eggplants are thoroughly soft, 1 hour, and remove eggplants. Lower oven temperature to 350ºF.
  2. When eggplants are cool enough to handle, scoop the flesh into a bowl.
  3. While the eggplant roasts, set a wide, heavy-bottomed pan over medium-low heat and heat the oil. Add the onion and carrot to the pan and cook until very soft, 15-20 minutes.
  4. Raise heat to medium and add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently, until all of the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms are thoroughly browned, 30-45 minutes.
  5. Stir in beer and garlic and simmer until liquid has evaporated.
  6. Stir in the tomato paste and pepper flakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add the eggplant, the tomatoes and their juices, soy sauce and bay leaves. Transfer pan to the 350ºF oven and roast, uncovered, for 2-4 hours.
  8. Stir in the balsamic vinegar just before serving and serve hot over pasta or polenta.

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size 609 g

Amount per serving
Calories 265
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 265mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 9.5g 32%
Total Sugars 14g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 4g
Protein 10g
Vitamin D 0.3mcg 0%
Calcium 101.5mg 8%
Iron 2.8mg 15%
Potassium 1425mg 30%
Vitamin A 129.2mcg 15%
Vitamin C 36.2mg 40%
Vitamin E 4mg 25%
Vitamin K 21.2mcg 20%
Thiamin 1.4mg 120%
Riboflavin 0.9mg 70%
Niacin 10.8mg 70%
Vitamin B6 0.6mg 35%
Folate 85.6mcg 21%
Vitamin B12 0.1mcg 4%
Biotin 28.2mcg 90%
Chloride 157.9mg 6%
Pantothenate 3.3mg 60%
Phosphorus 245.8mg 20%
Iodine 5.5mcg 4%
Magnesium 67.7mg 15%
Zinc 1.5mg 20%
Selenium 18.8mcg 35%
Copper 0.8mg 90%
Manganese 0.7mg 30%
Chromium 0mcg 0%
Molybdenum 17mcg 40%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


No Salt Added Tomatoes (tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Less Than 2% Of: Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid), Mushrooms, Eggplant, Beer (water, Barley, Hops And Yeast), Onion, Olive Oil, Carrots, Tomato Paste, Soy Sauce (water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Sodium Benzoate: Less Than 1/10 Of 1% As A Preservative), Garlic, Balsamic Vinegar, Red Pepper Flakes, Bay Leaf.

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