Lentil Mushroom Bolognese

Recipe by Vegan Recipes and Vibes (@veganrecipesandvibes)

Lentil Mushroom Bolognese

Yield: 6 servings | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes

I'm always looking for ways to incorporate more lentils into my diet, and have found that throwing them into a pasta dish is one of the easiest methods! If you're lucky enough to find canned lentils at the grocery store, this recipe will be easy-peasy. If you have to use dried lentils, be sure to soak them according to the instructions on the packaging before cooking this dish. This lentil mushroom bolognese is easy on the wallet, and turns out flavorful, hearty, and chunky. If you want to splurge, you can throw in a handful of Beyond Beef Crumbles for some added "meaty" flavor, though this sauce is so good already that you won't need to add anything extra!


Ingredients:

  • 16 oz of spaghetti

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms

  • 1/2 cup diced onion

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 15 oz can of lentils

  • 24 oz of good jarred red sauce

  • 2 tbsp hummus (plain or garlic)

  • 2 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (more to taste)

  • Nutritional yeast, walnut parmesan, or vegan parmesan for topping (optional)

  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box.

  • Meanwhile, chop your mushrooms, onions, and garlic.

  • Heat a large sauce pan over medium heat.

  • Add 2 tbsp of olive oil, mushrooms, and onions.

  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to appear translucent.

  • Add in the garlic, and cook for another minute until fragrant.

  • Drain the can of lentils and add them to the pot.

  • Add in the red sauce, hummus, oregano, and red pepper flakes.

  • Heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is warmed through.

  • Once the sauce is done warming and the pasta has been cooked, combine them both in a large serving bowl (or directly in one of the pots).

  • Serve and top with some nutritional yeast, walnut parmesan, or vegan parmesan if desired.

Tips and Tricks:

  • This stores and freezes very well. For freezing, store the sauce separately from the pasta, and let it defrost to room-temp before heating. To store in the fridge, combine both the pasta and sauce in an air-tight container, and store it in the fridge for up to 7 days.

  • Try adding some Beyond Beef Crumbles for some added "meaty" flavor!

Nutrition & Servings: (calculated by MyFitnessPal)

  • Servings: yields about 6 servings

  • Calories: 415

  • Total Fat: 8g

  • Carbs: 72g

  • Protein: 16g

^ Nutrition facts include the ingredients listed above, except for any parmesan toppings. Nutrition facts may change slightly if different quantities of ingredients are used or added.


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