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Lentil Bolognese

This fabulous Lentil Bolognese is pure comfort food and can be eaten in a variety of ways. Easy and enjoyable, try it today!

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If you have been following me for any length of time you know my love of pasta runs deep. In fact one of my most popular recipes has been my WALNUT TOFU BOLOGNESE, and for good reason; it’s insanely delicious. That will forever be my favourite but I think this new bolognese will give it a run for its money. This dish is quick, easy and oh my word delicious. I love using lentils as I KNOW they are nutritional powerhouses. For this particular meal I added 1/2 block of roasted tofu and served it over roasted spaghetti squash but you do you. No matter what you serve it on, it is going to be delicious and comforting.


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Lentil Bolognese

Teri-Ann Carty
This fabulous Lentil Bolognese is pure comfort food and can be eaten in a variety of ways. Easy and enjoyable, try it today!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Servings 4


  • dutch oven or large pot



  • 1 cup lentils (small brown lentils)
  • 2 cups veggie stock
  • 1 bay leaf & 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of chili flakes
  • ½ onion small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 carrot (diced)
  • 1 stalk celery (chopped)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 8 cremini mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 can crushed tomato


  • Rinse lentils well. Add to a small pot and cover with veggie stock. Add bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes until lentils are cooked through but not soft.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a large Dutch oven heat oil and chili flakes over medium high heat. Add onion and oregano and cook until onions are translucent. Add in carrot celery and garlic and cook for several minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add tomato paste and cook for 1 minute stirring to combine. Add in sliced mushrooms and cook until mushrooms start to soften. Once mushrooms are cooked, season with salt and pepper. Add in crushed tomatoes. Stir to combine, reduce heat to medium low, cover partially with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. Add in lentils, reduce to low and cook for an additional 5 minutes.


You can serve this with pasta, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles. We also used this as a sauce for pizza.
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, meat alternative, plant based, vegan

4 Responses

    1. Hey Janis, all of the ingredients are listed at the bottom on the recipe card. I did not make this recipe with tofu; however if you’d like to include it I highly encourage it! Enjoy cooking this Lentil Bolognese

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