Sundried tomato lentil bolognese

October/18/2021 in Dinner
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Preparation time: preparations 10 minutes, cooking 15 minutes, total 25 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
Sundried tomato spaghetti Bolognese vegan

This is a recipe for the ultra-low budget menu that I'm working on. The ingredients cost me about 2 euros for 4 generous servings, so only 50 cents per person!

For such a humble recipe, this is a surprisingly tasty dish. The star of the show is the sun-dried tomato, which provide lots of umami, so you don’t need vegan cheese for a nice savory flavor. The carrots make this dish a good source of vitamin A, which vegans sometimes don't get enough of.

If you're not a fan of carrots, you sub bell peppers and zucchini, or some other veggies of your choice. Instead of the lentils, you can also use tvp granulate or plant-based mince. For a gluten free option, use gluten free pasta.

This pasta is ready within half an hour, so it's pretty quick too! It also reheats well and keeps a few days, so it makes a good meal prep item. I like to make the full four servings, so David and I can get two dinners out of it, or I can eat the leftovers for lunch.


  • 250-300 grams whole-wheat spaghetti (or gluten-free pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 300 grams carrots, diced small
  • 400 g (14 oz) canned diced tomatoes
  • 3-4 tablespoons tomato puree (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons Italian herbs (or mix basil, oregano and thyme yourself)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup (1 can) cooked brown lentils
  • 8 pieces sun-dried tomatoes in oil, diced small


Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.

In the meantime, heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the onion and carrot, stirring, until they are al dente and are starting to get a little color.

Add the diced tomatoes, garlic, herbs and salt. Cover with a lid and simmer the tomato sauce for another five minutes until the carrots are fully cooked. Add a splash of water if the sauce becomes too dry.

Add the lentils and sun-dried tomatoes and heat everything through. If you want a thicker sauce, puree 1/3 with an immersion blender. Mix in the pasta and serve.

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