A comforting vegan meal for any day of the week
We both adore this dish, and so does our 1-year old Adam. These are the top reasons why we think you will like it too:
- the sauce is creamy, flavorful, filling
- a simple recipe for any day of the year
- you can easily freeze or store the sauce for later
- an excellent dish for babies who start eating solids (our kid ate this dish blended at ten months)
- vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free
- the meat lovers will adore this recipe too
How to make vegan lentil bolognese at home
The preparation of this vegan bolognese is super simple. It only takes 15 active minutes to make; the remaining time, the lentil sauce will cook on its own. The ingredients are easily accessible and affordable. Here you will find a short overview of the recipe.
- Soak the dried lentils - skip this step if you are using canned lentils.
- Sauté the vegetables.
- Add the spices and tomato paste.
- Add the drained lentils, tomato passata, and water or vegetable broth.
- Cook until the lentils are soft.
- Serve with your favorite side dish.
What to serve with this vegetarian bolognese
Serve this beautiful meal with one of these sides:
Often asked questions and answers
Here are some of the most often asked questions and answers. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask in the comments below.
- Can I use canned lentils in this recipe? Sure. In that case, drain the lentils and cook for 15 minutes.
- Do we have to soak the lentils, or can we add them straight from the bag to the pot? We can add the lentils straight to the pot, but this will increase the cooking time by approximately 30 minutes.
- Do we need to wash lentils? It's best to wash the lentils before using them, especially if the bag is already open.
- Can we use other types of lentils? We recommend using green or brown lentils. Red lentils tend to fall apart quickly, so the dish's texture won't be the same.
Storing and freezing
There are two ways to store this delicious Lentil Bolognese.
Keep the chilled homemade Lentil Bolognese, in the fridge, for up to 3 days. Before serving, reheat in the microwave oven or using a skillet.
Feel free to freeze the bolognese too. Place it in a freezer-friendly container and place it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Before serving, defrost at room temperature (or in the fridge overnight), then reheat in the microwave oven or using a pot.
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