Lentil Bolognese


  • Large Handful of Fresh Rosemary and Thyme
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Carrots, Peeled
  • 2 Stalks of Celery
  • 3 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 150g of Mushrooms
  • 1 Tin of Black or Green Lentils or 125g of Dry
  • 2 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tins of Chopped Tomatoes
  • Handful of Fresh Basil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil

We make this all the time at home, it’s definitely one of my weekly go-tos. It’s seriously delicious, makes great leftovers and is ideal for freezing.

Add the olive oil to a large pot on medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes until the onions are nice and soft. Finely chop the rosemary and thyme leaves and add them in.

While that’s cooking, add the carrots, celery and mushroom to your food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

Add them to the pot and toss everything around. Season well with salt and pepper, then pour in the tinned  lentils (with their juices). If using dry lentils, add them + 60ml of water to the pot. Whisk together the tomato paste and balsamic vinegar and then add it to the pot, along with the tinned tomatoes.

Stir everything and then let it simmer away on medium-low heat for about 30 minutes. Finely chop the basil and stir it in at the end.




15 Comments to Lentil Bolognese

  1. pinkiebag says:

    Oh aim going to give this a try.

  2. Maeve McErlean says:

    Is this dish suitable to be frozen?

  3. Carolyn says:

    Any suggestions to replace the mushrooms if you need them left out? Thanks

  4. Lucy says:

    Can you use dried lentils instead and let them cook in the sauce during the 30 minutes it is simmering?
    Thank you

  5. Shona says:

    I hate mushrooms! Anything I could swap them out for?

  6. Meliza Smith says:

    I made this tonight. I added the amount of balsamic vinegar as per recipe but it tasted very vinegary. Still delicious though. Would halve the balsamic next time.

  7. Clare Coleman says:

    Really delicious! Have made it a few times and definitely much nicer and healthier than bolognese with meat!!

  8. Jim says:

    Do you put the carrots, celery and mushrooms into the food processor raw?