lentil bolognese

Lentil bolognese with rice pasta is a flavorful, nutrient-rich meal that is easy to make and can be customized to your liking.

Lentils, garlic, and onions are all loaded with nutrients that boost heart health. Rice pasta is a good source of fiber and healthier than other pasta alternatives. This meal is also satiating, meaning it will keep you feeling full for longer.

Feel free to experiment with the seasoning in the bolognese to find what you like best. You can also add other vegetables to the sauce, such as carrots, celery, or mushrooms.

Lentil Bolognese
Recipe Type: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free
A simple dish that packs plenty of flavor for the whole family
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • ½ cup Red Onion, diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup Celery, diced
  • ¼ cup Carrot, diced
  • 1.5 cups Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • ½ tsp. Dried Oregano
  • ½ tsp. Dried Basil
  • 1 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¾ cup Water or Broth
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Basil
  • ¾ cup Lentils
  • 2 cups Rice Pasta
  1. To prepare the bolognese, heat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, carrot and celery to the pot. Stirring occasionally, saute for about 5-7 minutes, or until the onions have softened and carrots have begun to. Add the minced garlic and saute until fragrant, then add the diced tomato and water or broth.
  2. Once the liquid comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and add the dried oregano and basil. Allow to cook covered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking up the chunks of tomatoes periodically. Remove the lid and add the lentils, balsamic vinegar and half of the fresh basil.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and give everything a stir. Cook for an additional 10 minutes covered over medium-low heat. Season to taste and stir in the rest of the basil. If the sauce has thickened too much, you can add a small amount of additional water or broth.
  4. Prepare 2 cups of your favorite rice pasta according to the package instructions and strain the pasta, saving a tablespoon or so of the pasta water. Add the pasta water to the lentil bolognese and toss the pasta with the sauce.