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Lentil Bolognese

This Easy Vegan Lentil Bolognese is packed with flavor and takes less than an hour to make!

Course dinner, lunch, Main Course, sauce
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword healthy pasta, Lentil bolognese, lentil pasta sauce, Pasta sauce, sauce, vegan pasta sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Lauren McNeill


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 796 mL diced tomatoes (no salt added) with their juices (28 fl oz)
  • 156 mL tomato paste 5.5 fl oz
  • 3/4 cup red lentils rinsed
  • tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 454 g pasta of choice


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent. I recommend adding the garlic a few minutes into the cooking so that it doesn't burn.

  2. Once onion translucent, add canned tomatoes (with their juices), tomato paste, lentils, oregano, basil, salt and pepper.Bring sauce to a simmer, cover and let simmer for 30-40 minutes, until lentil are tender, stirring occasionally.

  3. Once done, cook pasta as per package instructions. Serve and enjoy!