When it comes to pasta sauce, you can never go wrong with a good marinara – but sometimes you want something a little heartier. That’s where this vegan Lentil Bolognese recipe comes in. This is also one of our favorite easy dinners!
Just Wait Lentil you Try It!
Traditional Bolognese sauce has a lot of texture, which we’re going to achieve using lentils! Lentils are a great fit for bolognese because they are both good for your heart and keep you feeling full and satisfied. In addition, lentils contain high amounts of iron and folate and are a great source of protein.
The other benefit of lentils is that they are super easy to use! You can get great cooked lentils from the can. Combine this with some quality canned tomatoes and tomato paste – and you have the simplest prep imaginable!
We Walnut Fail!
We also add crushed, toasted walnuts to round out the flavor of our vegan pasta sauce. The walnut bits add more texture, protein and healthy fats to the lentil Bolognese. In fact, you can add walnuts to pretty much anything, from roasted veggies to baked goods.
Healthwise, walnuts are a great source of antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts are also believed to help reduce inflammation and improve blood pressure.
Putting it All Together …
Our combination of toasted walnuts, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar are an umami powerhouse, giving this lentil Bolognese sauce a complex and unique flavor. Actually, with lentils providing protein and texture, you might even forget this is vegan 😃. I also love to add crushed red pepper to my sauce for a little extra kick – though, this is completely optional.
Don’t Forget the Pasta!
Oh, and don’t forget to start cooking pasta to go with your lentil bolognese. The last thing you’ll want is to wait another 10 minutes before you chow down!
Spaghetti is our favorite pasta to pair this with. However, you might want to pair your Bolognese with a sauce-catching pasta like tagliatelle (ribbons), conchiglie (shells) or rigatoni (tubes). Alternatively, you could try going low carb and gluten-free with some “zoodles” (zucchini noodles).
You don’t need to skip the cheesy sprinkle on top, either! Just whip up a batch of vegan parmesan and add as much as you want 😋.
No matter what pasta you choose, you can’t go wrong with this lentil bolognese sauce recipe for a quick and easy vegan meal. If you try it, please let us know how you liked it with a comment and rating!
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