SPAGHETTI “BOLOGNESE”

As you guys know, I recently mentioned that I wanted to start sharing fun, delicious, nutritious and easy-to-make vegan recipes that come down at less than <$300/serving πŸ™‚

So today I’m sharing a hearty, flavourful spaghetti bolognese that will satisfy your comfort-food cravings … all while bringing protein, fiber, energy AND saving a cow- and possibly a pig too.Β Can we say AMEN lol πŸ™‚

Lentils, as I’ve shared on several occasions, are a great source of protein & fiber. The sauce is made with lots of fresh ingredients and flavour- and the spaghetti is cooked INTO the sauce. If you’d like to emulate even more of a beef texture, I’d recommend you add some chopped walnuts into the sauce too- trust me! It will move the cost of the recipe by a bit, but you should give it a try if you want to πŸ™‚

You’ll need (makes 4-5 servings):

  • 1 pack of spaghetti
  • 3 cups of cooked lentils
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 large carrots, finely diced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups tomato sauce*
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme or basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Coconut or olive oil

The process:

  • Cook the spaghetti and set aside. Be sure to cook the spaghetti for 1 minute LESS than indicated on the package. The spaghetti will then further cook in the sauce, so we don’t want it to be too mushy πŸ™‚
  • Prepare the sauce:
    • In a large pan, drizzle some oil and cook the onions on medium heat until translucent.
    • Then add the garlic, bay leaves, tomatoes and carrots and cook until soft.
    • Now add the lentils and stir everything together.
    • Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, oregano, basil/thyme, salt & black pepper and some water if necessary (if you need to thin out the sauce). Be sure to TASTE as you go! Remember: recipes are guidelines, not the gospel. Taste as you go πŸ™‚
    • Lower the heat, give the sauce a good stir, cover the pot and cook for 5-10 minutes.
  • When ready to serve, add the spaghetti into the pot with the sauce, swirl everything together and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Enjoy πŸ™‚

Notes:

  • You can find tomato paste and sauce (with no added sugar or too many artificial ingredients) at pretty much every supermarket in Kingston. Get the BASIC ones- especially the sauce (which sometimes come flavoured with lots of unnecessary ingredients). The labels will clearly indicate if it’s a paste or sauce – and most of them are available without any unnecessary ingredients πŸ™‚
  • You can find lentils in the dried beans/pulses section. They are very affordable and one of the easier dried legumes to cook πŸ™‚
  • Want some extra heat? Add a scotch bonnet to the recipe!

 

 

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