Coming from an Italian family, I’ve always been a huge lover of Italian food. When I went vegetarian this posed a massive problem for many of my favourite dishes, pasta being one of them. 3 years later I now have an abundance of healthy, meat free, pasta dishes that are a staple in my diet including this particular one.
This version of a bolognese sauce replaces the minced meat component of traditional bolognese and instead is packed full of veggies! For this reason it would have to be a favourite of mine. With the combination of vegetables and the protein aspect coming from the lentils, this means its both satisfying and filling! Paired with some delicious gluten free, buckwheat pasta and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Something I love about this dish is its versatility; most of the ingredients can be swapped for others, or left out altogether. Another ingredient I love to add in is peas, a handful of chopped kale is another great addition, or for a pop of colour corn is your answer. Not to mention delicious herbs like basil or parsley. Theres really no rules with this one, you can be as creative as you like.
Vegan Lentil Bolognese
- Extra Virgin Olive oil
- 1 clove of Garlic (diced)
- 1 small Brown Onion (diced)
- 1 cup of cooked Lentils OR 1 can of cooked lentils
- 1 can of diced Tomatoes
- 1 large carrot (grated)
- 1 medium Zucchini (grated)
- 2 White Mushrooms (sliced and halved)
- A pinch of Himalayan Rock Salt
- A pinch of Ground Pepper
- Add some olive oil into a pot and sauté the onion and garlic on medium heat until golden.
- Once golden, add in the diced tomatoes, carrot, zucchini, mushrooms and lentils. Add in some salt and pepper to flavour, then mix it all together well.
- Leave the sauce to cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Switch off the gas and serve the sauce with your choice of pasta.
When choosing a pasta, my advice would be to go with a buckwheat or brown rice pasta. There’s a whole heap of gluten free, nutritious pastas on the market these days that are much healthier option to the refined ones. Head down to your local health food store or the health food isle at your supermarket and see which one you like best.
Remember that if you do make it I’d love to see it so feel free to tag me on instagram @projectnourish.