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Vegan lentil bolognese


A tasty tasty way to enjoy bolognese without meat- a rich lentil ragu

10 mins

50 mins

213 kcals

serves 6


I’ve been trying to find ways to get more legumes into our diet, and I have been dying to try out a lentil ragu recipe after seeing the idea on Pinterest!

I used puy lentils, although you could also use green lentils- personally I would avoid red lentils as they can go very mushy, but I’ve seen some versions that do use them.

One of the keys to a good bolognese sauce is giving it a nice long simmer, and this therefore works really well with dry lentils, as they have time to cook to perfection in the sauce.

This is a great healthy, lean alternative to using meat- and also a great meal to try if you have kids- mine loved it and said they preferred it to regular bolognese!

Vegan lentil bolognese

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6
A tasty way to enjoy bolognese without meat- a rich lentil ragu 
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10 mins
50 mins


  • 350 g puy or green lentils dried
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stick celery
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 litre vegetable stock vegan friendly
  • Cooking spray/spray oil
  • Fresh basil and/or parsley to garnish
  • salt & pepper


  • Finely chop the onion, celery and garlic (or whizz them up in a food processor
  • Fry gently (using cooking spray or spray oil) for about 5 minutes until soft
  • Stir through the lentils, and add in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, oregano and half the vegetable stock
  • Simmer gently for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Add the remaining vegetable stock, stir through, and simmer gently for another 20 minutes, until the lentils are cooked through.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve garnished with torn basil and chopped parsley
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