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Lentil Bolognese

This thick and robust Lentil Bolognese Sauce is studded with carrots and onion, garlic and a dose of bonus rainbow veggies just for good measure! Vegan and easy to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kathy Patalsky


  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 Tbsp cane sugar (optional)
  • 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 1/2 cup frozen veggies (mixed blend with carrots, peas, corn, green beans..)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 2-6 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 15oz can of lentils, drained
  • Also: Pasta, any variety
  • Garnish: Fresh basil


  • Warm an extra large, deep skillet (like a cast iron pan) over high heat. You can also fill a large soup pot with water and bring pasta water to a boil.
  • Add in the oil, garlic and onion. Stir for a minute until onions are tender. Add in the carrots, sugar and Italian seasoning blend and stir. Turn heat to medium and cook for one to two minutes to soften carrots a bit.
  • Add in the frozen veggies, crushed tomatoes, red pepper flakes, nutritional yeast and sea salt. Bring to a brisk simmer, while stirring. Add in the lentils and turn heat to low.
  • Simmer the sauce on low for 5-10 minutes. Just enough time to reduce and thicken the sauce, soften the carrots and warm everything together. Do a taste test and add in more spices, nooch and salt if desired.
  • At some point along the way, as your water boil, you can drop the pasta and boil according to package. Drain when done cooking.
  • When sauce is warm and thickened, toss with your sauce and serve warm. Fresh basil is a lovely garnish. Store leftovers, covered in the fridge for up to four days.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4146IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg