Meat-free Monday- Ratatouille, roasted asparagus and walnut sauce

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Ratatouille, crusty bread and white wine is a summer staple for us. Summer still seems to be a very long way off, but we thought we might hurry it along a bit.

This walnut sauce I usually use for steamed green beans. But we had a bunch of asparagus that needed eating. With crusty bread and butter or olive oil for spreading, plus a bottle of good french white, this was a delicious, meat-free Monday meal.

Ratatouille

1 aubergine – diced

1 medium courgettes- diced

1.5 can tinned tomatoes with herbs

2 garlic cloves crushed

1/2 cup red wine

olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

sautee garlic and onion in oil. Add aubergine and courgette and sautee for 2-3 minutes. Add tinned tomatoes (I was doing the quick and easy version!) and simmer until cooked and vegetables tender.

Walnut sauce

1 cup walnuts

gloop of olive oil

squeeze of lemon

1 small bunch parsley finely chopped

1 garlic crushed

add ingredients to a blender, blend until a coarse paste. You may need to add water to make it more saucy. Gently heat and pour over top of roasted asparagus. As a variation, this sauce is also lovely if you add cream and stir through hot flat ribbon pasta.

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