Easy Vegan Lentil Bolognese

This easy vegan lentil bolognese is hearty and delicious! It’s full of fresh veggies, nourishing lentils, and has plenty of room to modify to fit your preferences. With ingredients like this, you’ll be full and satisfied for hours after dinner is over.

We made this recipe super easy so you can use your favorite jar of pasta sauce and can skip an entire step (or make your own homemade sauce!), leaving less time and work between you and your dinner. Make it fresh or meal prep it for the week ahead!

Bowl of red, orange, and yellow vegan bolognese sauce with large noodles on a blue and white striped linen napkin.
Easy Vegan Lentil Bolognese

Servings: 6

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 celery rib
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup of water


Prep: Start by rinsing your lentils under cool water, take this opportunity to sort through and remove any rocks (seriously, this can happen!). After rinsing, place your lentils in a bowl with warm water and set aside to soak and soften for about 45 minutes.

When your lentils are almost done soaking, finely chop your onion, celery, and carrot. Add to a large pot with your olive oil and sauté for about 5 minutes, string frequently. Add the garlic and sauté for about a minute longer.

Add your sauce, water, and drained lentils to the pot and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, lower to a simmer and cover. Let cook for about 30 minutes until lentils and veggies are soft.

Serve with your favorite pasta or vegetable noodles and enjoy!

Changes & additions for your personal preference

Extra hearty: Add plant-based “meat”balls or vegan sausage

Spicy: Add a tsp of crushed red pepper flakes (or more if you’re bold!)

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