I am so excited to share this recipe with you. I've tried making vegetarian Bolognese many times but never really succeeded. This time it turned out really great and it's now one of my family's favorite meals. Lentils are not usually my daughter's favorite food but this Bolognese has been a huge success. Another plus about this recipe: it will be good the first day but even better the second day. So make a big batch and enjoy this Bolognese over a couple of days. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and serve with a salad.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
29 mins
total:
44 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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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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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms, leek, salt, red pepper flakes, and pepper; cook and stir until mushrooms are soft, 5 to 10 minutes.

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  • Stir crushed tomatoes, creme fraiche, carrots, red lentils, vegetable broth, and sambal oelek into the saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until flavors combine, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Add a little water in step 2 if sauce starts to stick.

Nutrition Facts

369 calories; protein 12.9g 26% DV; carbohydrates 38.1g 12% DV; fat 21.7g 34% DV; cholesterol 61.1mg 20% DV; sodium 1497.5mg 60% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2017
I added a finely chopped onion sautéed at the beginning before the other veggies went in also used the whole package (8 ounces) of cream fraiche and used four cans of fire roasted tomatoes 2 tbsp italian seasonings 1 tablespoon oregano and 1/2 tablespoon of thyme. I put in 1.5 cups of vegetable broth and simmered for almost four hours.... Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/27/2017
Unfortunately no one in my house liked this. I thought it was very tasty up until the créme fraiche was added. It overpowered the flavor of everything. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/27/2017
Unfortunately no one in my house liked this. I thought it was very tasty up until the créme fraiche was added. It overpowered the flavor of everything. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2017
I added a finely chopped onion sautéed at the beginning before the other veggies went in also used the whole package (8 ounces) of cream fraiche and used four cans of fire roasted tomatoes 2 tbsp italian seasonings 1 tablespoon oregano and 1/2 tablespoon of thyme. I put in 1.5 cups of vegetable broth and simmered for almost four hours.... Read More
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