Lentil Bolognese | Vegan & Low Carb

It’s that point of yr when a heat, cozy, satisfying, hearty meal is so interesting, so look no additional than our scrumptious Lentil Bolognese.  A flexible plant-based, low-carb dish for the beginning of the yr, or Veganuary, as the brand new January known as!

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I like this dish due to its bulk, its consistency, and its depth of taste.  You will be glad whereas being wholesome with out lacking any meat in any respect!  After cooking meal-after-meal of wealthy vacation household recipes, it feels nice to tug out a pointy knife and begin chopping some veggies.

Lentils are considered one of my favourite legumes and really belong to the pea household.  Low in fats and sodium, they’re the right addition to soups, salads, and facet dishes.

Tremendous nutritious and excessive in protein and fiber, lentils are a well-liked meat substitute and I’d say having fun with “fairly the heyday” on this plant-based consuming surroundings.

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The Lentils in Lentil Bolognese

So which lentils do you have to use in your Lentil Bolognese?  Lentils are available in quite a lot of colours, however mostly you’ll discover brown lentils on the grocery retailer, and that’s what I’ve used on this recipe. 

Let’s observe among the variations although on your future cooking experiments.

  • Brown Lentils: The commonest of the lentils, they’ll differ in colour from mild tan to a darker brown colour. They’re delicate and earthy in taste, prepare dinner in about 20-Half-hour and maintain their form effectively, so they’re excellent for quite a lot of dishes. Their ease together with their affordability makes brown lentils a pantry staple in my home.
  • Inexperienced Lentils: Taking round 45 minutes to prepare dinner, inexperienced lentils are an excellent candidate for soups and dishes that require an extended prepare dinner time. They’ve a extra peppery taste and may have a shiny exterior.
  • Black Lentils: Often known as beluga lentils or caviar lentils, they’re black in colour and probably the most nutritious of all of the lentils.  With their elegant small measurement and hearty, earthy taste, you should utilize them for many dishes or while you need to splurge.  One fashionable model is Rancho Gordo. In all probability best to order on-line and pricier than the extra widespread lentils.
  • Crimson Lentils: You’ve had these (and should not have recognized it) in lots of Indian dishes like dals and curries. Crimson lentils, that are delicate and earthy in taste, but the sweetest of all of the lentils, prepare dinner rapidly in 10-Quarter-hour and have a tendency to disintegrate when cooked. Due to their creamy gentle texture, they’re typically used as a thickening agent in dishes like curries and soups. Crimson lentils colour could vary from gold to orange to pink.
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Lentil Bolognese Recipe

Texture issues when creating this hearty plant-based Bolognese.  Conventional Bolognese is a meat sauce, often made with floor beef, and just a bit tomato.  Moreover the brown lentil’s pure agency and scrumptious texture, the important thing to creating our Lentil Bolognese’s excellent chunky consistency is the “small dicing” of all of the greens.

Small cube take just a few extra minutes of prep time, however the result’s value it.  Every vegetable provides its personal distinctive texture and layer of taste making this a tasty healthful dish.  

There’s a rainbow of greens on this recipe including extra nutritional vitamins and vitamins to this plant-based powerhouse of a dish. Carrots, onions, celery, and tomatoes are anticipated…however zucchini and mushrooms?  An surprising shock!

All these elements require a great dose of seasoning, and we don’t maintain again right here.  Loads of dried herbs with some pink chili flakes and chili powder to deepen and meld the flavors.

Your style buds and glands will reply instantly when the sauce is simmering, and the magic begins.

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Vegan Lentil Bolognese

Our plant-based Vegan Lentil Bolognese can also be one of the vital versatile recipes on our weblog.  However you don’t must be a vegan to like this meal! We suggest serving it over our Good Day Pasta, which is low carb and excessive in protein and fiber. It’s truly 42% fewer carbs and 17g web carbs per serving!  Welcome again, Pasta!

The ruffles and curves of those noodles are the right companions for this thick, hearty sauce. And you’ll hold your New 12 months’s decision alive by watching carbs and sugar!

We’ve additionally used Good Day Pasta in our Toasted Nut and Feta Pasta and our Deconstructed Lasagna…strive them each one other evening!

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Choices for Having fun with Lentil Bolognese

Wow – there are such a lot of methods to get pleasure from Lentil Bolognese!  Listed here are another concepts to contemplate.

  • For a gluten-free possibility, serve this over spaghetti squash, or mashed butternut squash.
  • Serve in a bowl with some home made garlic bread on the facet – dip away!
  • Use as a meat different in your Shepard’s pie recipe!
  • Lentil Bolognese Lasagna?  Why not?!  A beautiful hearty layer.
  • Serve over creamy polenta or grits…yum.
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Whether or not you might be following a plant-based food plan, taking the problem for Veganuary, or simply love lentils and wholesome veggie choices, I hope this recipe shall be saved and loved.

PS: Discover that I garnished my dish with some edible flowers. I’m exploring methods to include them in dishes and love the pop of colour!

Pleased consuming associates! I might love to listen to the way you prefer it!

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8 ounces (1 field) of Good Day Pasta, or any quick pasta form of your selection

2 T. olive oil

1 giant onion, small diced

3 medium carrots, small diced

2 giant celery stalks, small diced

1 small/medium zucchini, small diced

1 cup of small diced mushrooms (child portabellas, or white)

46 cloves of garlic, diced

2 t. chili powder

1 t. every of dried oregano, rosemary, and thyme (or 1 T. dried Italian herbs)

1 ½ t. kosher salt

1 t. pepper

¼ t. pink chili flakes

¼ cup tomato paste

1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes

4 cups vegetable broth or inventory

1 ¼ cup lentils (brown or inexperienced)

2/3 cup toasted walnuts or pecans, chopped

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

Recent rosemary or edible flowers for garnish!


Warmth oil in a big pot or Dutch oven over medium warmth.  Add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes. 

Add the opposite greens, garlic, salt, pepper, chili flakes, and herbs.  Sauté for a further 10 minutes till all veggies are gentle.

Add the tomato paste and stir, incorporating it into veggies. 

Subsequent, add the can of tomatoes and prepare dinner down for 2-3 minutes.

Add vegetable broth, lentils, and nuts.  Stir and produce to a boil.

Cowl pot, cut back warmth to low, and simmer for 30-35 minutes till the lentils are tender.

Uncover and add the balsamic vinegar.  Alter seasonings as wanted. 

A lot of the liquid ought to be cooked off at this level.  If not, proceed cooking for just a few extra minutes till desired consistency.

Prepare dinner pasta in response to package deal instructions and drain. 

Divide pasta into 4 bowls. 

Pour lentil Bolognese over pasta and garnish with recent rosemary, edible flowers, or recent Parmesan. 

Take pleasure in this wholesome meal!

Notice: Learn the weblog submit for many methods to serve and revel in this recipe – from gluten-free to lasagna!



Notice:  Additional Bolognese will be refrigerated for as much as one week, or frozen for a later date.

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