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Lentil Walnut Bolognese recipe

Lentil and Walnut Bolognese

This recipe is so tasty and nourishing. It's the perfect vegan winter warmer for lunch or a satisfying dinner. Packed with protein fuelled lentils and spicy chilli to warm you through. Its a staple favourite from the lovely Samantha Hadadi.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 4
Calories 535 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 3 Carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 stick Celery chopped
  • 1 tsp Chilli flakes
  • 2 tins Chopped tomato
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Courgette chopped
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • Fresh lemon juice to taste
  • Gluten free spaghetti
  • 150 mg Chopped mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cup Red lentils
  • 1 Red onion
  • 1 Chopped red pepper
  • 2 Sprigs of Rosemary picked and chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp Tomato puree
  • 120 ml Vegetable stock
  • 1 cup Ground walnut

Instructions
 

  • Warm a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan. Toss in the onion and cook for a couple of minutes on a medium to low heat. Stir in the garlic and cook until lightly golden.
  • Next, add the celery, carrots, red pepper, rosemary, tomato puree and chilli flakes and cook until fragrant - one to two minutes.
  • Pour in the chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock. Bring to the boil, then simmer until rich and lightly thickened (20-30 minutes), stirring often to prevent it from catching. Place in the blender and blitz smooth.
  • Add your tomato sauce back to the pan, then stir in the lentils, walnuts and mushrooms, adding in a touch of water if needed. Cook on a simmer until rich, thick and tomatoey and the lentils have softened (25-30 minutes). Stir often to prevent the bolognese from catching, adding more water if needed.
  • When almost ready, cook your pasta according to packet instructions. Drain, reserving some of the pasta water.
  • Stir 3 tbsp of pasta cooking water through your cooked bolognese. Mic in the fresh basil leaves and lemon juice, then season to taste.
  • Serve hot in bowls alongside cooked pasta, and top with Nutritional Yeast and a squeeze of lemon or basil leaves, if desired.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Lentil and Walnut Bolognese
Amount per Serving
Calories
535
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
21
g
32
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Carbohydrates
 
66
g
22
%
Fiber
 
16
g
67
%
Sugar
 
12
g
13
%
Protein
 
26
g
52
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.