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Plate of chorizo bolognese with lentils on top of spaghetti

Chorizo Bolognese with Lentils

Chorizo Bolognese with lentils is a simple 30 minute lightly spiced quick healthy lentil chorizo dinner recipe.
Course Dinner
Cuisine European
Keyword chorizo bolognese recipe, chorizo bolognese with lentils recipe, chorizo spaghetti
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 411kcal
Author Neil


  • 120 g Spanish chorizo finely chopped
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 75 g button mushrooms sliced
  • 100 g red split lentils
  • 600 ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
  • Pinch of mixed herbs
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 150 g whole wheat spaghetti
  • Freshly grated Parmesan


  • In a large casserole pot or pan heat the chorizo to release its juices then remove the chorizo with a slotted spoon but leave the juices in the pot. 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Add the onion, carrot and mushrooms and sweat these in the chorizo fat until softened for about 4 - 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the lentils, vegetable stock, tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, crushed garlic, chilli flakes and herbs.
  • Bring to a simmer for about 20 minutes. 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.
  • Meanwhile, whilst Bolognese is simmering cook spaghetti in boiling, salted water for 10 – 15 minutes then drain.
  • Once the Bolognese is ready stir the cooked chorizo sausage pieces back in and season to taste.
  • Cook spaghetti in boiling, salted water for 10 – 15 minutes, drain.
  • Divide spaghetti between plates, top with the Chorizo Sausage Bolognese and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.


Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 44g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 1198mg | Potassium: 865mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3180IU | Vitamin C: 16.2mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 5.1mg