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Lentil Bolognese

Our rework of a classic family favourite is the perfect weeknight dinner- nutritious, affordable, and on the table in just 30 minutes.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Yield: Serves 4


Pasta is a great option for weeknight dinners- simple, fast, and versatile. This rework of a classic family favourite uses brown lentils, which are high in fibre and full of minerals, making them a healthy and affordable alternative to ground meat. 

This meal can be ready in less than 30 minutes, but if you like, cook the sauce for longer to develop more flavour. Serve with a salad or steamed green vegetables for a complete meal.

For Gluten-Free Version: Use a brown rice or other gluten-free pasta in place of the whole wheat spaghetti.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
  • 2 x 15 oz. (400g) cans brown lentils, drained and rinsed (look for brands with no added salt)
  • 2/3 cup homemade ketchup
  • 1 x 15 oz. (400g) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. (400g) whole wheat spaghetti


  1. Heat the water in a medium pot over a medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes until soft.

  2. Add the lentils, ketchup, diced tomatoes, thyme, oregano and bay leaf and stir to combine. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer, cover the pot with a lid, and cook the sauce for 15 minutes.

  3. While the sauce cooks, prepare your pasta according to the packet directions. Once cooked, drain the pasta and divide between 4 bowls.

  4. Remove the bay leaf from the lentil sauce before seasoning with black pepper. Ladle over cooked pasta and serve immediately.

Any remaining Lentil Bolognaise sauce can be transferred to plastic containers and refrigerated for 3-4 days, or frozen for up to 2 months.