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4.8 from 5 votes

Lentil Bolognese (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

This simple lentil bolognese recipe is a fast weeknight-meal which just so happens to be vegan and gluten-free. It is full of taste and a fantastic way to switch up pasta, also it comes together in under thirty minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bolognese, lentil bolognese
Servings: 4
Author: Kayla


  • 1 cup lentils (red or tri-colored) rinsed
  • 1 lb favorite gluten-free-pasta
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ cup yellow-onion, diced
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, diced
  • ½ tsp red-pepper-flakes
  • 24 oz favorite pasta-sauce
  • 14 oz fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • ¾ cup water
  • salt and pepper


  • Cook the pasta on the cooker as you normally would.
  • In a large-skillet, add the garlic, onion, oregano, mushrooms, red-pepper, pepper and salt, combined with 1 tablespoon olive-oil, also saute about 3-5minutes till the mushrooms and onion are tender.
  • Then add the tomato-sauce, diced tomatoes, water and lentils and stir to blend. Simmer mixture about 15-18minutes or till lentils are cooked, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve lentil bolognese over pasta, sprinkle with extra red-pepper-flakes (+ parmesan cheese or even vegan) and enoy it!


I like using a spicy-tomato sauce, such as a arrabbiata sauce for it! It provides more taste.