Vegan lentil bolognese

You can add any leftover vegetables to this recipe to help reduce food wastage.
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V Vegetarian SF Soy free NF Nut free LL Low lactose EF Egg free VG Vegan Main meal

The nutritional information provided is based on the exact ingredients and method as shown. Any variation/s to the ingredients or method may alter the nutritional outcome.

  1. Cook lentils in a saucepan of water according to packet instructions.
  2. Finely chop onion, carrot and celery.
  3. Grate zucchini.
  4. Drain and rinse lentils.
  5. Heat oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add onion, garlic, carrot, celery and zucchini. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes until onion is tender.
  6. Add tomatoes, cooked lentils, tomato paste, basil and oregano.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook covered, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  8. Cook pasta in boiling water, following packet instructions until tender. Drain.
  9. Serve pasta with sauce over the top and a sprinkle of grated cheese.

Allergy modification

Some soy products contain a small amount of cow’s milk protein. Check the label carefully. For a gluten/wheat free option, replace pasta with gluten free pasta, rice noodles or rice (check alternatives for soy, if required).

Each serve provides

Benefits Serving size
Meat/alternatives 1 children's serve
Vegetables 2 children's serve
Grains 1 children's serve
A good source of vitamin C
A source of iron

Recipe tips

  • You can add any leftover vegetables to this recipe to help reduce food wastage.
  • Use this sauce as a base for vegetarian lasagne or vegetarian shepherd’s pie.

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