Monday, February 19, 2018

Mushroom & Lentil Bolognese

By: The Food Hunter

Inspired by my husband's love for a classic meat sauce and my love for all things vegetables I recently tried Jamie Oliver's recipe for Mushroom & Lentil Bolognese. The mix of mushrooms and lentils, in this dish, creates a hearty sauce that is so full of flavor, you won't miss the meat at all.

We served the meatless sauce over pasta, but if you are trying to cut carbs, it would be equally delicious served over zoodles or spaghetti squash.

Mushroom & Lentil Bolognese
(recipe from Jamie Oliver)

1 carrot
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 stalk of celery
2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 fresh bay leaves
½ a bunch of fresh thyme, chopped
4 large portobello mushrooms
1 cup dried brown lentils
2 tablespoons tomato purée
1 1/2 cups organic vegetable stock
1 small can plum tomatoes, crushed by hand
1 lb pasta
fresh basil, chopped
Parmesan cheese

Peel the carrot, onion and garlic, trim the celery and roughly cut. Pulse it all in a food processor, until finely chopped.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the chopped veggie mixture, thyme and the bay leaves and cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes or until soft.

Pulse the mushrooms in the food processor until finely chopped. Add to the pan and cook for 3 minutes, until softened.

Stir in the lentils, tomato purée and stock, and plum tomatoes with juice. Season, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.

When the lentils are almost done, cook the pasta, until al dente.

Drain the pasta, place in a bowl and top with the meatless bolognese sauce. Sprinkle with basil, and  grated Parmesan cheese to serve.


  1. SO yummy~ what a wonderful alternative to a meaty bolognese -- I bet that folks wouldn't even miss the beef. Makes me want to try this without the pasta looks like it would be that good!

  2. My little one and I love mushrooms! This would be so perfect on a cold day :)

  3. I've never made bolognese before, but it looks delicious!