This hearty and filling red lentil bolognese sauce is perfect over spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or traditional pasta. This recipe is a great way to hide more vegetables in your meal!

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Why I Love this Red Lentil Bolognese

This is one of my favorite dinner recipes because it’s filled with good-for-you ingredients and it’s the kind of vegan recipe that meat-eaters will enjoy! The ingredients are budget-friendly and this recipe can easily be made in advance and reheated. It’s perfect for meal prep! You can also serve it over any kind of pasta you like, so it’s easy to customize based on your family’s preferences!

Red Lentil Bolognese Ingredients

This ingredients list might look long, but it’s actually just a lot of pantry staples you probably already have in your pantry or fridge!

  • Onion– I love the sweetness of a white onion, but yellow onion will work just fine!
  • Celery– The celery adds a subtle flavor to the base of this sauce and it’s an easy way to sneak in more veggies.
  • Carrots– The carrots add a little sweetness to the base of this sauce.
  • Garlic– Let’s be honest, you can never have too much garlic. If you don’t have fresh garlic, you can used minced garlic or garlic powder.
  • Olive oil- A little oil helps enhance the flavors of the vegetables.
  • Red lentils– Be sure to use red lentils, as brown or green lentils are too firm for this recipe.
  • Diced tomatoes– These add a chunky, hearty texture to the sauce.
  • Marinara sauce– I like to use a marinara sauce to enhance the flavor, but tomato sauce is fine, too.
  • Spices– I like using a combination of basil, parsley, oregano, and crushed red pepper.
  • Spaghetti squash, zucchini, or pasta– You’ll need something to pair with this sauce! Whether you like zucchini
  • noodles, spaghetti squash, chickpeas pasta, or regular pasta, this sauce is perfect!

How to Make Red Lentil Bolognese