Bolognese on a Budget

Bolognese on a Budget

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"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."


15 m servings 226 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • 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

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  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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  1. 13 Ratings


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 inste...

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 l...

I really enjoyed this. It came together quickly and tasted great! I took the advice of others and added a whole veg bullion cube (1/2 a cube was one serving so I doubled it) and added 2 cloves m...

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 ...

I made it wrong, I put in enough water to boil noodles instead of 1 3/4 c like the recipe called for. Consequently the sauce was very runny, even tho when I realized my mistake I measured the w...

A good base, but definitely needed a little more in the way of flavor. I personally ended up adding some mushrooms, spinach, dried basil, and fennel seeds.

five stars for easy & healthy! I found the taste too bland so added 2 cubes of veg. bouillon, 1 tsp Italian seasoning and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.

bland. I tried to season it up w/ garlic, a bay leaf, and some italian seasoning. It didn't help. The lentils needed to simmer for a very long time to get flavor in them. Not similar to a bologn...

This was pretty good--at first I thought it was a little bland but I added some red pepper flakes and it grew on me. I added extra garlic, basil, parsley and oregano and used jarred pasta sauce...