Lentil Bolognese Sauce

Lentil Bolognese Sauce

This Lentil Bolognese Sauce recipe dives into the heart and soul of the kitchen; it is satisfying and comforting, but also brings a burst of nutrition to the table! Packed with fire-roasted diced tomatoes, earthy Baby Bella mushrooms, hearty red lentils, onions, and a generous dose of garlic, this plant-based masterpiece is proves that vegan dining can be both delicious and nutritious. 

Imagine the sizzle of mushrooms, the aroma of garlic, and the hearty goodness of red lentils coming together in a harmonious blend – that's the magic of this Vegan Lentil Bolognese Sauce. Nobody will miss the meat!

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Healthy Bites Spotlight:

  • Garlic Goodness:
  • Mushroom Marvel:
    • Baby Bella mushrooms bring an earthy richness to the sauce. These fungi aren't just delicious; they're also packed with nutrients like vitamin D, which is essential for bone health. Plus, mushrooms are a great plant-based source of protein. Read more about the health benefits of mushrooms!
  • Lentil Love:
    • Red lentils take center stage, offering a protein-packed punch. As a plant-based protein source, lentils are not only good for your muscles but also for your heart. They're rich in fiber, aiding in digestion and promoting a feeling of fullness.

This Lentil Bolognese Sauce is 100% vegan! No dairy, no meat, just pure, plant-based goodness. Whether you're a seasoned vegan or just exploring the world of plant-powered cuisine, this dish is a delightful celebration of flavors without meat or dairy. In just a few simple steps, you'll have a piping hot bowl of Vegan Lentil Bolognese Pasta, ready to impress both your taste buds and your health-conscious self. Here's to savoring the goodness, one healthy plant-based bite at a time!

Lentil Bolognese Sauce Recipe
Lentil Bolognese Sauce Recipe: sautéd mushrooms, onions, and garlic are combined with Italian seasoning, tomatoes, red lentils, and vegetable broth. The sauce simmers for 15 to 20 minutes until the lentils are tender.

Suggested Adaptations:

  • Veggie Load:
    • Add more veggies to the mix! Consider tossing in diced bell peppers, zucchini, or shredded carrots for an extra burst of color and nutrients.
  • Spice it Up:
    • Craving a bit more heat? Throw in a pinch of red pepper flakes or add a dash of your favorite hot sauce to give your Bolognese a spicy kick.
  • Herb Infusion:
    • Experiment with fresh herbs to elevate the flavor profile. Try adding fresh basil, oregano, or thyme for a fragrant and herby twist.
  • Grain Swap:
    • Switch up the base by opting for whole-grain pasta or even trying it over quinoa or brown rice for a wholesome alternative.
  • Creamy Indulgence:
    • Drizzle some coconut milk or almond milk into the sauce for a creamy finish. This adds a luscious texture and a touch of richness to the dish.
  • Protein Powerhouse:
    • Boost the protein content by adding cooked chickpeas, black beans, or your favorite plant-based protein source. This adds variety and makes the dish even heartier.
  • Cauliflower Magic:
    • For a low-carb option, consider using cauliflower rice as a base instead of traditional pasta. It's a clever way to sneak in more veggies.

Feel free to mix and match these suggestions to create a Lentil Bolognese that suits your taste preferences and dietary needs. The beauty of this recipe lies in its versatility, so don't be afraid to get creative in the kitchen!

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Lentil Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Lentil Bolognese Sauce

Packed with fire-roasted diced tomatoes, earthy Baby Bella mushrooms, hearty red lentils, onions, and a generous dose of garlic, this plant-based sauce is the perfect nutritious and delicious dinner recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, vegan, vegetarian
Servings 6 people


  • 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1.5 T olive oil
  • 14.5 oz. fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 24 oz. plain tomato sauce
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 T Italian Seasoning


  • In a large stock pot or dutch oven, over medium heat, saute the chopped mushrooms, garlic, and onion in olive oil for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the Italian seasoning to the vegetables and cook for an additional minute over medium heat.
  • Add the fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, vegetable broth, and lentils. Stir well to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low and bring to a simmer.
  • Cover and simmer for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. Stir frequently during cooking.
  • Taste the Lentil Bolognese and season with salt and pepper if desired.
  • Combine with cooked pasta and enjoy.
Keyword Garlic, Italian, Lentil Bolognese Sauce, mushrooms, Pasta Sauce, Red Lentils, Vegan, vegetarian

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