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Bolognese on a Budget

Bolognese on a Budget

  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    10 m
  • Ready In

    15 m
Claire

Claire

This delicious bolognese is extremely quick and easy to make. Serve over pasta, rice, couscous, or any other carbohydrate food you fancy. This sauce gets better the longer it simmers. If you do allow it to simmer for a longer time, check regularly and add water as needed. This sauce also lends itself beautifully to adding vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, carrots, and mushrooms.

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  • Calories:
  • 226 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 0.8 g
  • 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 42.2g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 14.6 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 400 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Rinse lentils under cold running water and drain. Place the water and lentils in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until lentils just begin to soften, about 20 minutes. Stir the tomatoes and onions into the lentils; bring to a gentle simmer. Crumble the bouillon cube into the lentil mixture and stir until it's dissolved. Simmer for about 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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baskerville_gal
6

baskerville_gal

6/13/2008

Having never tasted a traditional Bolognese sauce before, I have nothing to compare this recipe with. Having said that, I really liked the way this turned out. I did add two bouillon cubes instead of one, because I like more flavor. Next time I would also add more seasonings, like garlic. I simmered this much longer than the five minutes specified in the end of the recipe. It really does get better the longer it simmers!

SUZIE33
5

SUZIE33

6/25/2010

This is such a healthy way to make a pasta sauce. I made a few mods: added garlic to flavor the lentils while they were cooking, and I used prepared tomato sauce. It's important to cook the lentils until they are really soft, so I added more water at the end until I liked the consistency. Yum!

Linda
4

Linda

7/7/2008

Maybe I'm just not a big fan of lentils but I found this recipe kind of bland and not comparable to a good bolognese sauce. Perhaps it should be called Lentil and Tomato Sauce? My baby loved it though!

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