This delicious bolognese is extremely quick and easy to make. Serve over pasta, rice, couscous, or any other carbohydrate food you fancy. This sauce gets better the longer it simmers. If you do allow it to simmer for a longer time, check regularly and add water as needed. This sauce also lends itself beautifully to adding vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, carrots, and mushrooms.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rinse lentils under cold running water and drain. Place the water and lentils in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until lentils just begin to soften, about 20 minutes. Stir the tomatoes and onions into the lentils; bring to a gentle simmer. Crumble the bouillon cube into the lentil mixture and stir until it's dissolved. Simmer for about 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Nutrition Facts

226.3 calories; 14.6 g protein; 42.2 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 303 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2008
Having never tasted a traditional Bolognese sauce before I have nothing to compare this recipe with. Having said that I really liked the way this turned out. I did add two bouillon cubes instead of one because I like more flavor. Next time I would also add more seasonings like garlic. I simmered this much longer than the five minutes specified in the end of the recipe. It really does get better the longer it simmers! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/07/2008
Maybe I'm just not a big fan of lentils but I found this recipe kind of bland and not comparable to a good bolognese sauce. Perhaps it should be called Lentil and Tomato Sauce? My baby loved it though! Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2008
Having never tasted a traditional Bolognese sauce before I have nothing to compare this recipe with. Having said that I really liked the way this turned out. I did add two bouillon cubes instead of one because I like more flavor. Next time I would also add more seasonings like garlic. I simmered this much longer than the five minutes specified in the end of the recipe. It really does get better the longer it simmers! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2008
Having never tasted a traditional Bolognese sauce before I have nothing to compare this recipe with. Having said that I really liked the way this turned out. I did add two bouillon cubes instead of one because I like more flavor. Next time I would also add more seasonings like garlic. I simmered this much longer than the five minutes specified in the end of the recipe. It really does get better the longer it simmers! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2010
This is such a healthy way to make a pasta sauce. I made a few mods: added garlic to flavor the lentils while they were cooking and I used prepared tomato sauce. It's important to cook the lentils until they are really soft so I added more water at the end until I liked the consistency. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/07/2008
Maybe I'm just not a big fan of lentils but I found this recipe kind of bland and not comparable to a good bolognese sauce. Perhaps it should be called Lentil and Tomato Sauce? My baby loved it though! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2011
I really enjoyed this. It came together quickly and tasted great! I took the advice of others and added a whole veg bullion cube (1/2 a cube was one serving so I doubled it) and added 2 cloves minced garlic w the lentils. I also added a bay leaf w the tomatoes and some dried basil near the end. I'm vegan and this is a quick recipe I'm adding in regular rotation. My boyfriend (not a vegan) added Italian sausage cooked separately to his. Delish! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/08/2008
I made it wrong I put in enough water to boil noodles instead of 1 3/4 c like the recipe called for. Consequently the sauce was very runny even tho when I realized my mistake I measured the water out. That said I was disappointed. I used flavored tomatoes and the sauce was still bland. I did like the use of the lentils. I'd give it one star but I have to give it a little credit for my mistake. May try it again correctly but not sure if it is worth it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/01/2013
A good base but definitely needed a little more in the way of flavor. I personally ended up adding some mushrooms spinach dried basil and fennel seeds. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/27/2012
bland. I tried to season it up w/ garlic a bay leaf and some italian seasoning. It didn't help. The lentils needed to simmer for a very long time to get flavor in them. Not similar to a bolognese sause at all. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/28/2012
five stars for easy & healthy! I found the taste too bland so added 2 cubes of veg. bouillon 1 tsp Italian seasoning and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2012
This was pretty good--at first I thought it was a little bland but I added some red pepper flakes and it grew on me. I added extra garlic basil parsley and oregano and used jarred pasta sauce instead of canned tomatoes. I used WAY more water than it called for because the lentils just kept absorbing and they took about 40 min to get soft. I don't care for the firm lentils. We have vegetarian twice a week so I'm always looking for something different. Read More
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