If you’re avoiding or simply reducing meat, this rich vegan Bolognese recipe is an incredibly nutritious alternative, providing plenty of plant based protein, fibre and nutrients. You’ll find this incredibly flavoursome vegan Bolognese very simple to make from scratch and a perfect recipe to make ahead, so you have a healthy ragu to serve with your favourite pasta when you’re pressed for time after a busy day.

To make this delicious vegan bolognese recipe, you’ll need:

  • 2 aubergines
  • 300g chestnut mushrooms, chopped
  • Olive oil, for drizzling and frying
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2-3  fresh (or dried) thyme/Rosemary sprigs (or 1tbsp Italian seasoning)
  • 1 tbsp sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g green lentils, tinned
  • 400g can whole cherry (or plum) tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper

Here’s how:

Heat the oven to 180 degrees

Start by preparing the aubergine; cut each in half and then each half into 2cm cubes. Put the cubed aubergine into a large bowl and drizzle some olive oil (around 3tbsp) and season with salt and pepper. Toss well and lay out on a lined baking tray, using two if necessary to ensure they are laid out in a single layer. Bake for 30-35mins until they are golden.

Meanwhile, heat a little olive oil in a large deep sided frying pan. Add in the onions and garlic and sauté over a gentle heat for around 5mins, taking care that they do not burn or change colour.

Then add in the mushrooms and continue to cook until they begin to soften.

Once the aubergines are ready, add them to the mushroom mixture. Then stir in the tinned tomatoes, sundried tomatoes and tomato purée. Mix gently to combine, taking care not to break up the aubergines.

Vegan Bolognese Recipe

Season with salt and pepper and add the herbs. Finally, gently mix in the green lentils along with a drizzle of olive oil until well combined. Bring to a simmer then cover and cook for around 30mins over a very low heat, until the sauce is thick.

Remove the thyme and rosemary sprigs and check seasoning before serving with your favourite pasta, using a little reserved pasta water if necessary to loosen the sauce.

Looking for more lentil recipes? Try this delicious Vegetarian Moussaka Recipe

This recipe was created in partnership with Legumechef UK, The Legumechef campaign is part of a worldwide effort by the USA pulse industry to show why lentils, dry beans, chickpeas, and dry peas are considered “Superfoods” of the future. I’m a huge fan!