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Bolognese on a Budget Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Bolognese on a Budget

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"This delicious bolognese is extremely quick and easy to make. Serve over pasta, rice, couscous, or any other carbohydrate food you fancy. This sauce gets better the longer it simmers. If you do allow it to simmer for a longer time, check regularly and add water as needed. This sauce also lends itself beautifully to adding vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, carrots, and mushrooms."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    15 mins


  1. Rinse lentils under cold running water and drain. Place the water and lentils in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until lentils just begin to soften, about 20 minutes. Stir the tomatoes and onions into the lentils; bring to a gentle simmer. Crumble the bouillon cube into the lentil mixture and stir until it's dissolved. Simmer for about 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 13, 2008

Having never tasted a traditional Bolognese sauce before, I have nothing to compare this recipe with. Having said that, I really liked the way this turned out. I did add two bouillon cubes instead of one, because I like more flavor. Next time I would also add more seasonings, like garlic. I simmered this much longer than the five minutes specified in the end of the recipe. It really does get better the longer it simmers!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 07, 2008

Maybe I'm just not a big fan of lentils but I found this recipe kind of bland and not comparable to a good bolognese sauce. Perhaps it should be called Lentil and Tomato Sauce? My baby loved it though!


13 Ratings

Jun 25, 2010

This is such a healthy way to make a pasta sauce. I made a few mods: added garlic to flavor the lentils while they were cooking, and I used prepared tomato sauce. It's important to cook the lentils until they are really soft, so I added more water at the end until I liked the consistency. Yum!

Oct 18, 2011

I really enjoyed this. It came together quickly and tasted great! I took the advice of others and added a whole veg bullion cube (1/2 a cube was one serving so I doubled it) and added 2 cloves minced garlic w the lentils. I also added a bay leaf w the tomatoes and some dried basil near the end. I'm vegan and this is a quick recipe I'm adding in regular rotation. My boyfriend (not a vegan) added Italian sausage cooked separately to his. Delish!

Jul 08, 2008

I made it wrong, I put in enough water to boil noodles instead of 1 3/4 c like the recipe called for. Consequently the sauce was very runny, even tho when I realized my mistake I measured the water out. That said, I was disappointed. I used flavored tomatoes and the sauce was still bland. I did like the use of the lentils. I'd give it one star, but I have to give it a little credit for my mistake. May try it again correctly, but not sure if it is worth it.

Mar 01, 2013

A good base, but definitely needed a little more in the way of flavor. I personally ended up adding some mushrooms, spinach, dried basil, and fennel seeds.

Jun 28, 2012

five stars for easy & healthy! I found the taste too bland so added 2 cubes of veg. bouillon, 1 tsp Italian seasoning and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.

Jan 27, 2012

bland. I tried to season it up w/ garlic, a bay leaf, and some italian seasoning. It didn't help. The lentils needed to simmer for a very long time to get flavor in them. Not similar to a bolognese sause at all.


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  • Calories
  • 226 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42.2 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.8 g
  • 1%
  • Fiber
  • 17.6 g
  • 70%
  • Protein
  • 14.6 g
  • 29%
  • Sodium
  • 400 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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