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Simple Vegan Lentil Bolognese

Simple Vegan Lentil Bolognese is the perfect quick weeknight meal for the whole family. It's gluten-free, comes together in under 30 minutes, and uses store-bought ingredients for an easy "dump & go" dinner!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 406 kcal


  • Large skillet pan with high edges
  • Saucepan


  • 8 oz dry spaghetti gluten-free if desired
  • 1 medium sweet onion diced
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar divided
  • 1.5 cup pre-cooked lentils I use Trader Joe's brand
  • 1/2 24 oz jar of your favorite marinara sauce


  • Melt butter & oil in a large skillet with high edges over medium heat. Add diced onion with a pinch of salt and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Then add 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and saute for 5 more minutes.
  • Add pre-cooked lentils, half a jar of marinara sauce, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until heated through and your pasta is done. The longer you cook, the more the flavors will have time to come together.
  • Meanwhile, bring a pot of heavily salted water to a boil and cook 8oz of spaghetti according to the package instructions. Drain when done and set aside.
  • To serve, place the spaghetti in bowls and top with as much sauce as desired! You could also combine the pasta with the sauce and mix together in the pan.
  • Top with basil, vegan parm, balsamic glaze, and/or red pepper flakes and enjoy!


I use Ancient Harvest pasta, Trader Joe's pre-cooked lentil, and Rao's tomato sauce. 
**If you have more time on your hands and want to make it more authentic, add in some diced carrots and celery to get your veggies in!
Keyword 30-minute, bolognese, family, gluten free, lentils, pasta, Quick, simple, vegan, vegetarian