Fried Tomato, Onion, and Mushroom Ragout Recipe -
Fried Tomato, Onion, and Mushroom Ragout Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Fried Tomato, Onion, and Mushroom Ragout

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"When I was growing up, my mother used to make a simple dish of fried tomatoes and onions that we would soak up with buttered bread. This is an updated version to which I have added mushrooms and fresh basil. My daughter loves this over whole wheat penne pasta and topped with Parmesan cheese."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    40 mins


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the onion for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add the tomato wedges and mushrooms, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, until the tomatoes and mushrooms are cooked through and the sauce is reduced and thickened.
  2. Sprinkle on the basil, salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
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Sep 13, 2010

This was a delicious way to incorporate a lot of fresh ingredients into a meal! After reading other reviews I used 6 romas & added a 6oz can of tomato paste (and about 2tbsp water to dilute that). I also added a can of chopped basil & oregano tomatoes just because I had it in the pantry; will try without next time. Served over whole wheat pasta.. DELICIOUS! I am convinced that I'll never buy pasta sauce again because this recipe is a great base to add-on to and make my own healthier and homemade version!

Aug 03, 2009

This was very nice over whole wheat pasta. I did add 2 minced cloves of garlic with the onions to suit our taste, but I think it would still be good without it. Thanks for sharing an easy, tasty pasta topper.


18 Ratings

Dec 29, 2009

This recipe was simple and delicious! I added minced garlic and a can of tomato paste, as well as some italian seasoning, and a dash of chili powder. I sometimes make a variation of your recipe with chicken breast strips instead of mushrooms, and we love that too. Thanks for the great idea!

Oct 16, 2009

This is excellent, nice and simple but still hearty and delicious. I used a pint of halved cherry tomatoes, because I had them on hand, and dried basil as I had no fresh but it was still really great served over creamy polenta. Thanks for the recipe!

Aug 24, 2009

Very good. I substituted crimini mushrooms and used tomato paste instead of wedges (2tbsps paste+1/2 cup water at high altitude). I put the ragout over baked polenta topped with goat cheese. Delish!

Jul 27, 2010

Loved this! The onions cooked down nicely. I did add a smidge of tomato sauce to thicken it a bit more.

May 15, 2011

Great sauce! I froze it in silicone muffin cups. Just the right size for 1 person. Thanks for sharing!

Aug 12, 2012

I tried this and it was AMAZING. I made a few changes I'd seen suggested beforehand and a threw in a few of my own. Because my mother in law has a garden with about a billion more tomatoes than she needs, I added in quite a few more than the recipe called for... about 12 cups! I also added a third cup of mushrooms, a can of tomato sauce, 2 tbs garlic, 3 cups bell peppers, and 4 sliced sausages (since I can't do without meat). Then I let it simmer for 45 mins to let all the flavors blend nicely. It was a hit with my family and even though there was so much sauce, it all got eaten. My husband says he now forbids me to buy any canned spaghetti sauce EVER. Thanks so much!


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  • Calories
  • 106 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.8 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 10 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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