Spaghetti Bolognese

Lentil Bolognese is a store-cupboard staple. Lentils are full of nutrients, most notably fibre, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium. These humble and inexpensive seeds are well worth including in your diet regularly, and they make a great mince meat substitute.

Liz x


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 white onions, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 tbsp chopped dried mushrooms
  • 200g dried lentils (a mix of green/red/brown is nice for different textures)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 glass red wine
  • 700ml+ water
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • pasta and nutritional yeast to serve


  1. Sauté the onion, garlic and bay in the olive oil over a medium high heat until it’s soft and golden.
  2. Add the carrots, mushrooms, lentils, vinegar and tomatoes. Stir then cover with the water and season well.
  3. Simmer until the sauce is rich and thick and the lentils are cooked through. Test them after 15 minutes and add more water if necessary.
  4. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper as you like. Then serve.
  5. Stir some of the sauce through the drained spaghetti and loosen it with a little reserved pasta water. Then serve in bowls with extra sauce on top. Finish with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast flakes for a salty, cheesy topping.