Lentil Bolognese

Published Date
February 25th 2022
Average: 5 (3 votes)
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Nothing is more gratifying than a plate of spaghetti topped with delicious Bolognese. But since traditional Bolognese is not a vegan recipe, you may think you can't enjoy spaghetti, Bolognese. Think again. Thanks to the earthy, nutty flavor of lentils, vegans can enjoy Lentil Bolognese. This Spaghetti Bolognese is made with shallots, garlic, carrots, celery, and brown lentils. This recipe uses green lentils to hold their shape better than their counterparts. However, feel free to use brown or red lentils if desired. Read about how to cook lentils with this informative link and more lentil recipes from Classic Bakes. 

Author: Sarah Leadon
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
65 mins
6 persons



In a large bowl, place the green lentils. Cover them with water. Soak the green lentils in water for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Once soaked strain the lentils using a fine mesh strainer & rinse with cold water.   
To a large pot, add the olive oil. Place it over medium-high heat.   
Cook the shallots and garlic for one to two minutes until fragrant.   
Next, stir in celery and carrots and cook for 5 minutes until they start to soften. Put the tomato paste, stir and cook for a minute.    
Add the red wine and cook 1-2 until most of it evaporates.   
Stir in the fire-roasted tomatoes, lentils, tomato sauce, vegetable broth, bay leaf, Italian seasoning, dried basil, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper. Let the lentil bolognese come to a boil. 
Decrease the flame to medium-low, cover it and cook for 20 minutes, periodically stirring.   
Meantime, cook the spaghetti using the package instructions in a large pot of salted boiling water. Drain the spaghetti using a colander
Divide the spaghetti between 4 bowls and add the Bolognese sauce. Garnish lentil Bolognese with fresh basil if desired. 

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