Vegan 'bolognese' sauce

    52 min

    Lentils take the place of beef mince in this vegan bolognese sauce made with red wine and mushrooms. Delicious served over pasta.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped
    • 1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
    • 1 carrot, cut into small cubes
    • 40g thinly sliced mushrooms
    • 120ml red wine
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 240ml vegetable stock
    • 1 (400g) tin green lentils, drained
    • 1 teaspoon ground paprika, or more to taste
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil, or more to taste
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, or more to taste
    • 1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs, or to taste
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:32min  ›  Ready in:52min 

    1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in red pepper and carrot; cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until softened, about 2 minutes.
    2. Pour wine into the pot; simmer until slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Stir in chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock. Bring sauce to the boil; reduce heat and simmer until flavours combine, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in lentils, paprika, basil, oregano, dried herbs and nutmeg; cook until lentils are heated through, about 5 minutes.

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    Great recipe. If you are not a strict vegan, you can top with Parmesan for an extra kick.  -  13 Apr 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I eliminated the mushrooms as I am the only one who likes them .. we are having it tonight .. however I made the Bolognese Friday evening and trust me its worth a do ahead if you are looking forward as the flavors were so much better. Great recipe....  -  08 Apr 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was excellent. It tastes just like ragù alla Bolognese is supposed to taste. I think the red wine and nutmeg are key. At first, the kids didn’t even notice there were lentils instead of meat. The only thing I will change next time is to omit the broth and simply use broth powder. The extra liquid made cooking time a bit long as it took a long time to reduce risking to over cook the lentils. Excellent recipe, thank you for sharing it with us.  -  27 Oct 2017  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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