Red lentil Bolognese is a really quick and easy vegetarian alternative to meat Bolognese which tastes just amazing! Plus it's ready on the table in only 45 minutes!
Red lentil Bolognese is a perfect week night quick healthy meal.
When you combine the red lentils with all of the other ingredients in this recipe you get a delicious creamy, healthy Bolognese sauce.
A sauce just so rich and flavourful that I think it will really surprise you!
Now, as I've mentioned before neither my other half or myself are strictly vegetarians, but we both absolutely love this Bolognese version over and above a meat one.
We do try and eat as much of a vegetarian diet as possible, or rather a Mediterranean diet as you may have read me go on about before!
Whilst she would like us both to be vegetarians, I would miss my fish and white meats too much.
Also when we go out to dinner together I particularly look forward to having red meat as a treat then.
But anyway, I digress and this recipe is about this red lentil Bolognese, so let's get back to that....
There are numerous reasons why I love to cook with red lentils. They're cheap, filling and extremely versatile being just a few.
However the main reason is that they have a huge list of nutritional benefits to go with them, making this red lentil Bolognese extremely good for you whether you're vegetarian or not!
Why This Red Lentil Bolognese is Good for You
- The lentils in this recipe provide a cheap source of protein.
- They're also fat free.
- As lentils are high in fibre and filling they can suppress appetite which in turn can aid weight loss.
- A good source of iron, this recipe can help prevent iron deficiency which makes you feel weak and tired.
- Lentil are also rich in vitamin C and folate which helps your body make new cells.
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Red Lentil Bolognese Recipe
This vegetarian red lentil Bolognese is easily made vegan too. just make sure your pasta is vegan friendly and omit the Parmesan!
I’d love to hear what you think of my recipe in the comments below and please do rate my recipe 5* if you like it! 🙂
Red Lentil Bolognese Recipe
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 1 carrot shredded
- 75 g button mushrooms sliced
- 100 g red split lentils
- 600 ml vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoon tomato puree
- 800 g (2 x 400g) tins of chopped tomatoes
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- Pinch of mixed herbs
- Freshly ground salt and pepper.
- 200 g wholewheat spaghetti
- Parmesan cheese grated
- Heat oil gently and saute onion, carrot and mushrooms for approximately 4 – 5 minutes.
- Stir in the lentils, vegetable stock, tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, crushed garlic and herbs.
- Bring to a simmer for 25 - 30 minutes to an hour. Check and stir regularly in case mixture needs a little extra water. Be careful you don’t overcook the lentils. You want them to be al-dente.
- Season to taste.
- Cook spaghetti in boiling, salted water for 10 – 15 minutes, drain.
- Divide spaghetti between plates, top with the red lentil Bolognese and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.