Lentil bolognese {vegan, gluten-free}8

Posted on November 26, 2012 by ChristieDinner Time, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

This recipe makes one cup of dried lentils go a looong way! Don’t you just love that?

The frugal part of me gets such a kick from making drool-worthy meals from cheap ingredients. Especially when it is an ingredient as nutritious as lentils.

I made a double batch of this and froze half. It defrosted beautifully and was gorgeous served over a baked sweet potato with a big dollop of sour cream. I bet it would also work as a lasagne or cannelloni filling too. It’s really as versatile as a meat mince sauce. Only veggie-r :)

You can use tinned lentils if you prefer, or you’re short on time, but you’ll need two 400g cans that have been drained and rinsed. It won’t be as economical, but if you need to use up some tins in the pantry then go right ahead.

Most of us have a limp stick of celery or some not-so-crisp carrots nestling in the bottom of the fridge by the end of the week, so this is also a way to use those up. And even though the recipe calls for fresh tomatoes, you could use tinned in a pinch.

The soy milk gets added right at the end and lends a beautiful creamy richness to the finished sauce, without any of the saturated fat or calories from cream.

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What’s your best frugal recipe? And have you got a great lentil recipe? Leave a link in the comments!

Christie x

Lentil bolognese

serves 4

  • 200g (1 cup) dried green lentils
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1 celery stick, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) Vitasoy Original Soymilk
  • cooked pasta, to serve

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rapid boil. Add the lentils and cook for 20-30 minutes until almost tender. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat olive oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often until the vegetables have softened slightly. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more.

3. Add the cooked lentils, herbs, tomatoes and tomato paste and 125ml (1/2 cup) of cold tap water. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring often until the tomatoes soften and break down to form a sauce.

4. Season with a little salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper and stir in the soy milk. Serve hot over pasta or a baked potato.

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  • I discovered lentil bolognese many years ago. My cooking repertoire was, err – shall we say limited, and I had vegetarians coming for dinner. I was in a flat panic as spag bog, tuna mornay or a roast were all I had up my sleeve. In an inspired moment I cooked up the lentils, then proceeded to make the spag bog just as I always did, but without the meat. It was a hit which saved the evening!

    • Nice work Amanda! I seriously love that type of cooking-by-the-seat-of-my-pants. Makes life so much more exciting :)

  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade

    Yum what a lovely looking bolognaise! I’ve never even thought to add lentils to mine before but this looks very hearty :)

  • Sounds great, and what an economical family meal too! Mt sister would make a fantastic lentil pie that was just as good as a regular meat pie- especially with tomato sauce :) I’ll have too give her a call and get the recipe!

    • Oooh lentil pie sounds amazing! Would love to see that recipe on your blog.

  • Nic@diningwithastud

    Love this :) Im a massive spag bol fan!

    • Me too! This is perfect for you as a new vegetarian, hope you give it a try :)

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