Lentil Bolognese

Serves: 4 | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 40 minutes


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste, reduced salt
  • 1 x 400g tinned cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked pasta
  • Parmesan cheese, to serve
  • Fresh basil, chopped, to serve
  • Broccolini, to serve
  • Tomatoes, to serve
  • Pepper, to taste


1.  Turn on browning function and heat the oil. Add the onion, garlic and carrots and season with pepper. Keep the lid off and sauté for 5 minutes, or until the onions are clear and the vegetables are soft.

2. Add the mushrooms and zucchini. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes.

3. Add the bay leaf, oregano, chilli flakes and thyme.

4. Then add the tomato paste, tomatoes, lentils, balsamic vinegar and water and stir to incorporate. Close the lid and pressure cook for 20 minutes.

5. Meanwhile cook pasta according to packet instructions.

6. Serve Lentil Bolognese over pasta and top with parmesan cheese and fresh basil and a side of broccolini and tomatoes.


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