About Recipe

Lentils are extremely versatile and can be used for so many things. Soups, salads, stews, the list goes on. In this veggie-packed lentil bolognese I have used them to “beef” up the sauce without actually using any meat. The added protein also helps create a nice and nutritionally balanced meal.

In the past, I would always use Quorn and soy mince for my vegetarian Bolognese, but lentils are definitely a new contender.

The extra veggies give the lentil bolognese a bit more of a bite and for a sauce that’s completely made from vegetables, it tastes a lot like an original bolognese, texture wise. In other words, you can easily trick any veggie resisting kid into eating it (why not chop the vegetables even smaller, for a smoother sauce).

I have used courgette, some leftover tomatoes and peppers, but carrots and aubergine would make a great addition as well.

Want more veggie-based pasta recipes? Check out my pasta with creamy avocado pesto (personal favourite!) or lasagne with lentils and halloumi.

  • Serves4
  • Prep10m
  • Cook15m
  • Difficulty2/10

ingredients

    Lentil Bolognese

  • 250g puy lentils
  • 350g tomato sauce
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ fresh chilli, finely chopped
  • ½ courgette, chopped
  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 vegetable stock pod or cube
  • 1 ½ tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp fresh pesto
  • Olive oil for pan
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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    To serve

    Pasta

    Fresh basil

    Grated parmesan

Directions

Finely chop the onion, garlic, chili and sundried tomatoes. Fry in a large pan with olive oil on medium heat until soft, but not browned.

Chop the courgette, tomatoes and peppers into small bite-size pieces and add them to the pan.

Once the vegetables are slightly coloured, add tomato sauce, ketchup vegetable stock pod/cube, lentils and pesto. Give it a good stir and let simmer on a low heat while you cook the pasta.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with pasta, grated parmesan and shredded fresh basil.