Easy Lentil Bolognese

Easy Lentil Bolognese

Pasta is the ultimate comfort food but there’s one dish that goes above and beyond to warm us. If you’re a fan of a big bowl of hearty bolognese, this is your recipe! A filling and crazy delicious vegan lentil bolognese recipe to add to your favorites collection.

No meat necessary. The magic ingredient? Lentils!

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Vegan Lentil Bolognese Sauce

  • Author: World of Vegan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course, Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


Looking for a delicious and healthier vegan bolognese sauce? You’ve found it! Made with lentils instead of meat, this bolognese is packed with protein, fiber, and lots of nutrients for a healthy spin on a comfort food favorite. Enjoy!


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or your favorite vegetable oil)
  • ½ of a red onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 medium carrot (diced)
  • 2 celery ribs (diced)
  • Salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup of cooked lentils
  • 2 cups of tomato sauce (pasta sauce works best!)
  • fresh basil (for garnish)
  • 1 package of spaghetti (cooked)


  1. In a large pot, add the oil and warm over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the carrots and celery and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cooked lentils and the tomato sauce and allow to boil for 5 minutes. If the sauce is too thick, add some extra water.
  4. Serve on top of spaghetti, garnish with fresh basil, and enjoy!

Keywords: vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, dinner, plant-based

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Amazing Lentils! 

This legume is really amazing! Lentils are full of healthy plant protein, packed with fiber, and so versatile. Plus, they’re one of the most affordable foods on the planet! If you’re living vegan on a budget, this is a great go-to dish that is filling, satisfying, delicious, and will save you money. 

I still remember when I was a little girl and I would cringe the moment they were announced for dinner. Who would have thought I would be so in love them years later. One thing is for sure, I’m certain that if my parents would have made this lentil bolognese I would have loved it! Big time!

These little gems are so easy to prepare and can be the center of so many different dishes. Among the better-known lentils are red, brown and green.

  • Red Lentils are typically used for dahl and they cook super fast (without any need for soaking), sweet and very tiny.
  • Green Lentils are really great for salads since they don’t fall apart after cooking, so they are chewier.
  • Brown Lentils are good for soups and stews, and our new favorite, this lentil bolognese! 

I’ve prepared this recipe with all three and they all give it amazing texture and flavor. So pick your favorite! 

Easy Weeknight Dinner 

This dish is such a perfect quick weekday dinner! If you use canned lentils (which is such a lifesaver if you didn’t get food prep on Sundays!) it takes around 25 minutes and you have a delicious, filling and family-approved meal. So give this recipe a shot and I’m pretty sure it will end up at the top of the list of your favorite meals! 

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Try Swapping Pasta for Zucchini Noodles!

If you’d like to make this dish a little lighter you can always swap the spaghetti for spiralized zucchini noodles! You might like them raw with the hearty lentil bolognese sauce on top or you can always sautee them a bit with some olive oil in the pan before serving them.

If you don’t have a spiralizer (like this one here!) or you simply don’t have the extra time to add this step, you can get them ready from the shop! Nowadays you can find great options like these! (Cece’s noodles?). This is such a great way to add veggies to your daily meals! For some reason, vegetables taste better when spiralized. Don’t you agree?

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Wanna Try More Vegan Pasta Recipes? 

Here are a few of our favorite plant-powered pasta dishes: 

Vegan Lentil Bolognese photos and recipe by Zhoro Apostolov for World of Vegan. Recipe and photographs copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Please note that this article contains affiliate links, which means shopping through them helps lights on at World of Vegan!  

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  1. joan cehn · Edit

    A dish full of protein…as well as pasta! Delicious and easy to make.

  2. LOVE making this! I sometime buy those pre-cooked lentils that they sell at Trader Joe’s which makes it an extra quick and easy vegan dinner. How did it take so long for you to find your way into my life, dear vegan lentil bolognese?

  3. Beatriz Buono-Core · Edit

    This recipe was a game-changer when it comes to making dinner for my kids! It’s kid-friendly, hearty, and packed with protein. Triple win! Don’t forget “Nooch”!

  4. Marie H. · Edit

    Family Favorite!! You would never know this was a vegan meal unless you were truly searching through the sauce. A great choice for non-vegan guests who are expecting a home cooked, classic meal with tons of flavor. The fragrance from the sauteed vegetables is amazing…your entire house will smell wonderful! It has the perfect texture and I think thin spaghetti (or maybe penne) is a must for this recipe. I love the texture, too. Just add a sprinkle of veggie parmesan or nutritional yeast, a fresh salad and some oven toasted garlic bread on the side – amazing 😀

  5. I just made this the other day! It was easy too, because I cooked the lentils in my Instant Pot. It’s very hearty meal. I find plain pasta with sauce boring, but this was delicious. It stores well, so you could even make a big batch to last a few days.

  6. such a great idea to use lentils instead of meat. way more affordable this way!


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