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Lentil Bolognese

Lentil Bolognese

  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Lentil Bolognese takes just 30-minutes for a comforting, plant-based one-pot meal!


  • 16 oz Shells Pasta, Whole Wheat
  • 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes, Canned
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion, minced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Stock
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or milk of your preference)
  • 14 oz Brown Lentils, can, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated, plus extra for topping
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast


  1. Heat a large stock pot with water. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Before draining, set aside 1/2 cup pasta water.
  2. In a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and then add the onion and sautee over medium heat for 7-10 minutes until softened. Turn the heat down to low and add the minced garlic, sautee for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Next, add the crushed tomatoes, vegetable stock, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and ground black pepper. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. After 20 minutes add 1/2 cup of almond milk and the lentils. Stir and allow to simmer another 5 minutes.
  5. Finally, add the Parmesan cheese, pasta and nutritional yeast. If the pasta seems a too thick, add a few tablespoons of pasta water to thin.
  6. To serve, spoon into bowls and top with a sprinkling of Parmesan. Serve hot and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dinner, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1/8
  • Calories: 455
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 343mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 76g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 23g
  • Cholesterol: 7mg

Keywords: Lentils, Mediterranean, Plant-Based, Vegetarian

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