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Quick Lentil Bolognese

Quick, delicious and economical. Need we say more?

15 mins
11 ingredients
$2.90 / person
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Quick Lentil Bolognese


Serves = 4

  • 2 tbsn extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 capsicum
  • 2 tbsn tomato paste (salt reduced)
  • 2 tsp mixed dried herbs
  • 2 x 400g cans of diced tomato
  • 5 button mushrooms
  • 2x 420g cans no added salt lentils
  • 200g wholegrain shelf-stable noodles

It’s this easy

  • Prepare the vegetables and put these to the side until needed - finely dice the onion, chop the mushroom and capsicum into small pieces, grate the carrot and zucchini, and drain and rinse the lentils
  • Heat oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes or until softened
  • Add all other ingredients except the noodles to the pan and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Put the noodles in a bowl and pour over boiling water, sit for 2 minutes and then drain
  • Place the noodles on a plate and top with the lentil bolognese


  • Add chopped or crushe garlic for extra flavour
  • Add coriander or spring onion to garnish


Nutrition information (per serve):

  • Energy (1941kJ)
  • Protein (22.8g)
  • Total fat (11.7g)
  • Saturated fat (1.8g)
  • Carbohydrate (56.8g); Starch (37.3g), Sugars (19.5g), Added sugars (0g), Free sugars (0g)
  • Dietary fibre (20.2g)
  • Sodium (680mg)
  • Calcium (151mg)
  • Iron (9.4mg)


Contains: Gluten, Wheat, FODMAPs.
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