Meatless Lentil Bolognese
A great meatless alternative when you want a filling bowl of pasta. The lentils cook right in the pot for an easy sauce to serve with your favorite noodle.
Servings Prep Time
6servings 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10minutes 20minutes
Servings Prep Time
6servings 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10minutes 20minutes
  • 1 medium yellow onionpeeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 medium carrotspeeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 stalks of celeryrinsed and cut into chunks
  • 2tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garliccrushed with a garlic press
  • 1/2teaspoon red hot pepper flakes
  • 128 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1cup dry lentilsrinsed
  • 1teaspoon dried basil
  • 1teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1teaspoon dried oregano
  • noodles or pasta of your choice to serve
  1. In a food processor, pulse the onion, carrot, and celery until finely minced. Alternatively you can use a grater or mince finely with a knife.
  2. In a dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil on medium heat. When the oil starts to shimmer, add the minced carrot, celery, and onion. Sauté for 3-4 minutes until soft. Push the veggies to the side and add 1 more tablespoon of olive oil. To the oil add the crushed garlic and pepper flakes. Sauté in the oil for about a minute until the garlic becomes fragrant. Add the tomato paste and stir everything together.
  3. Add the water and use your spoon to deglaze and bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add in the crushed tomatoes, dried herbs, and dry lentils. Stir everything together. Bring the mixture to a simmer on low-medium heat and cover. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the lentils are cooked. Every 5 minutes or so, stir the sauce and add more water if the sauce appears to be too thick for the lentils to absorb any moisture.
  4. When the lentils are cooked the sauce should be nice and thick. If the sauce needs to thicken more, uncover and let simmer for a few minutes. Serve with the pasta of your choice.
Recipe Notes

If you don’t have a garlic press, you can process the cloves in the food processor separately from the veggies. Or mince finely with a knife.