Lentil Bolognese

This thick and hearty vegetarian Lentil Bolognese is not only delicious, but incredibly satisfying. While it doesn’t taste the same as a traditional meat-based bolognese, the unique flavor is wonderful in itself. And with all the fiber and protein this dish delivers, it packs quite a nutritional punch. The sauce is definitely not lightweight…it’s rich and abundant, and does a great job of satisfying your hunger. It’s well worth the 10 Smart Points per serving, as you’ll be full for quite a while. Serve with a light salad or your favorite roasted veggies for a complete meal.

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Lentil Bolognese Recipe - 10 Smart Points

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup dried lentils (I used green lentils, but red will work too)
  • 1 cup water
  • 12oz whole wheat pasta uncooked
  • 1 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 carrots finely chopped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in the onions, celery, and carrots, and cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic, and cook for another minute.
  • Now stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, oregano, basil, and parsley. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until the sauce starts to bubble.
  • Then stir in the water and lentils, and cook until the lentils become soft, about 20 minutes. Make sure to stir periodically .
  • Serve over warm pasta.

Notes

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is about 1cup cooked pasta and about 3/4 cup sauce
Each serving = 10 Smart Points
PER SERVING: 355 calories; 4g fat; 0g saturated fat; 64g carbohydrates; 15g fiber; 4g sugar; 16g protein

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