Lentil Bolognese


Delicious vegetarian sauce for pasta, so tasty, and as nice as a meat bolognese. It can also be served with potatoes.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
32 mins
Total Time:
52 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped

  • ½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 carrot, cut into small cubes

  • ½ cup thinly sliced mushrooms

  • ½ cup red wine

  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup vegetable broth

  • 1 (15 ounce) can green lentils, drained

  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs, or to taste

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg


  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)

202 Calories
4g Fat
27g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 202
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 399mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 32mg 160%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 343mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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