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Lentil Bolognese

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"Delicious vegetarian sauce for pasta, so tasty, and as nice as a meat bolognese. It can also be served with potatoes."
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52 m servings 205 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in red bell pepper and carrot; cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until softened, about 2 minutes.
  2. Pour wine into the pot; simmer until slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Stir in diced tomatoes and vegetable broth. Bring sauce to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until flavors combine, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in lentils, paprika, basil, oregano, dried herbs, and nutmeg; cook until lentils are heated through, about 5 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute white wine for the red wine if preferred.
  • You can also use 3 ounces dried green or du Puy lentils for this recipe. Rinse well, put into a saucepan, and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer uncovered until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and use in the recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 205 calories; 3.9 g fat; 27.9 g carbohydrates; 9.1 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 404 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This was excellent. It tastes just like ragù alla Bolognese is supposed to taste. I think the red wine and nutmeg are key. At first, the kids didn’t even notice there were lentils instead of mea...

Great recipe. If you are not a strict vegan, you can top with Parmesan for an extra kick.

I eliminated the mushrooms as I am the only one who likes them .. we are having it tonight .. however I made the Bolognese Friday evening and trust me its worth a do ahead if you are looking for...

i made no changes. i followed the recipe to the tee and i'm glad i did. it was wonderful!!!! my family thanks you for a great meal, and i thank you for and easy and quick one. jean, mass.

Made it exactly as stated! AWESOME! Next time I will double the sauce so I can drink it!

I mixed the sauce with macaroni noodles. And added some crushed red peppers and Parmesan cheese. It was very good.