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Vegan Bolognese

This plant-based pick is just as meaty as the original.

lentil bolognese
Mike Garten

This hearty dish uses meaty mushrooms and protein-rich lentils to beef up a completely plant-based dinner. Meat eaters won't even realize it's vegan!

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Cal/Serv: 530
Yields: 4 - 6 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 20 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 55 mins
3 tbsp.

olive oil


onion, finely chopped 

Kosher salt and pepper

8 oz.

cremini mushrooms, trimmed and chopped in a food processor


large cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

3 tbsp.

tomato paste

1/2 c.

dry white wine 

1 c.

red lentils


14.5-oz can crushed tomatoes

1 tbsp.

mushroom bouillon base (we used Better Than Bouillon)

1 lb.

pappardelle, linguine or fettuccine 

Chopped parsley, for serving

  1. Heat oil in Dutch oven on medium. Add onion, season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high, add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until deep brown and beginning to stick, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium, stir in garlic and crushed pepper, and cook 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste and cook, stirring until dark brown, 2 minutes. Stir in wine, scraping up any browned bits, then stir in lentils, tomatoes, 2 cups water, and bouillon. Bring to a boil, then simmer until lentils are tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Meanwhile, cook pasta per package directions. Serve bolognese over pasta, topped with parsley if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): About 530 calories, 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 22 g protein, 790 mg sodium, 88 g carbohydrates, 9 g fiber

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