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Forgive me for serving you lentil bolognese in spring!  I promise it will be worth it. It is the weirdest thing ever to me that I’m sharing a lentil bolognese recipe with you in May. To me, this is a serious fall or winter meal. And I am such a seasonal cook and eater and […]

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Forgive me for serving you lentil bolognese in spring! 

This lentil bolognese is incredible! Super hearty, loaded with vegetables, saucy, rich and decadent. You won't even miss the meat!

I promise it will be worth it.

zucchini, mushrooms and onions in a skillet

It is the weirdest thing ever to me that I’m sharing a lentil bolognese recipe with you in May. To me, this is a serious fall or winter meal. And I am such a seasonal cook and eater and by now, I’d be really starting to bring out all the early summer recipes. 

And while this isn’t a recipe I’d make weekly in the warmer months, it is still a fantastic recipe that can be made year round! I figured that while we’re still quarantining at home and now with a possible meat shortage looming, there could not be a better time to share this recipe. Plus, it’s an ideal pantry meal

spices with zucchini and mushrooms in a skillet

So.

If you’re familiar with our favorite bolognese recipe from The Pretty Dish, this is a version of that. But an all veggie version! YES. No meat whatsoever.

My original version already has mushrooms in it, which is one of the reasons I think we all love it so much – it is so hearty! I added some more veggies here and removed the meat and it is just as good. Maybe better?!

lentils with zucchini and mushrooms in a skillet

It’s not a simple recipe. In fact, it’s not really simplified whatsoever! But it’s not difficult either and it doesn’t take a super long time. 

I would give yourself around an hour to make this and frankly gets better as it sits. Most of it is hands off time while you wait for it to simmer and all those flavors to develop.

Like a traditional bolognese, it’s hearty and rich and wonderful. It’s still made with red wine (of course!) and even a splash of cream. The filling would totally work in lasagna too. 

lentil bolognese in a skillet

Okay, so it’s absolutely to die for.

It’s fabulous over pasta of course, really good over zucchini noodles and surprising good over (regular or cauliflower) rice.

I find it to be a very versatile dish! And it’s easily one of the most made recipes in my kitchen. If not theeee most made.

This lentil bolognese is incredible! Super hearty, loaded with vegetables, saucy, rich and decadent. You won't even miss the meat!

Now, I must tell you the best part of this recipe.

If you’ve been lurking around this blog for the last decade plus, you know that Eddie is a major carnivore. He likes/enjoys/wants meat at every single meal. If there isn’t meat, he hopes there are eggs. A true meat and potatoes guy.

And on top of that… you probably also know that I like to trick him into eating things that he thinks he doesn’t like. Not in a MEAN way, of course, but this is well documented here on the blog. Like how he swore he didn’t like ricotta but now some of his favorite dishes use ricotta. That sort of thing.

lentil bolognese on a plate

ANYWAY. 

All rambles aside, I made this one day for dinner, testing it out. I tossed the pasta noodles right into the sauce. And I covered it and let it simmer for a little until Eddie got home. I wondered if he would be able to tell that it was a meatless meal. Then I started putting the kids to bed and totally forgot about it.

By the time I remembered, I had watched him eat two plates. It wasn’t until an hour later when I told him. He.was.stunned. First, I think he thought that I fed him something weird. Then, his mind was blown that it was actually meatless. 

I am here to tell you that it is nearly impossible to tell that this is a meatless bolognese. If he didn’t know? Wow. I don’t know who will!

There is so much texture. So much flavor! 

Best.dinner.ever.

up close lentil bolognese with a fork

Lentil Bolognese

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Lentil Bolognese

This lentil bolognese is incredible! Super hearty, loaded with vegetables, saucy, rich and decadent. You won't even miss the meat!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms chopped
  • 2 medium zucchini squash, diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans cooked lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (14 ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling
  • cup half and half

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil.
  • Add in the onions with the salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add in the garlic and mushrooms. Stir and cook for another 5 or 6 minutes, until the mushrooms soften.
  • Stir in the zucchini and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, dried basil, oregano, pepper flakes and brown sugar. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the lentils and stir to combine.
  • Add in the wine and tomatoes. Stir in the parmesan and half and half. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cover, cooking for at least 20 minutes (or even longer if you wish!). Taste and season with more salt and pepper as needed. This is important! Taste and season to your liking! It will differ depending on the brand of tomatoes you use, etc.
  • You can make this ahead of time. It reheats wonderfully. You can also freeze it for up to 6 months!
  • Serve with your favorite pasta.

This lentil bolognese is incredible! Super hearty, loaded with vegetables, saucy, rich and decadent. You won't even miss the meat!

This is the epitome of comfort food.

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