5-Ingredient Vegan Bolognese with Lentils: Quick and Easy Comfort Food


This recipe takes our Vegan Bolognese with Lentils concept and turns it into a super speedy, 5-ingredient wonder! Perfect for busy weeknights or when you’re craving a comforting and flavorful pasta dish without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

Key features of this recipe:

  • Incredibly Easy: Only 5 ingredients and minimal prep work needed!
  • Customizable: Feel free to add additional herbs or spices to personalize the flavor.
  • Pantry Staples: This recipe utilizes ingredients you might already have on hand.

Why Use Lentils?

Lentils are a nutritional powerhouse, offering a variety of health benefits:

  • Rich in Plant-Based Protein: They’re a complete protein source for vegetarians and vegans, aiding in muscle building and repair.
  • High in Fiber: Fiber keeps you feeling fuller for longer, promotes gut health, and can help manage blood sugar levels.
  • Excellent Source of Iron: Iron carries oxygen throughout your body, and lentils are a great plant-based source to combat fatigue.
  • Packed with Folate: Folate is crucial for cell growth and development, especially important during pregnancy.
  • Supports Heart Health: Lentils may help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure, contributing to a healthy heart.

5-Ingredient Vegan Bolognese with Lentils

Julie Pace, RDN
Craving a comforting meal in a flash? This 5-Ingredient Vegan Bolognese with Lentils is your answer! Packed with flavor, fiber, and protein, this recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or when you're short on time.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 1 jar 24oz Rao's Homemade Arrabbiata Spicy Marinara
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups green lentils, cooked
  • 7 oz Barilla whole wheat fettuccine pasta
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth for cooking lentils (optional)
  • homemade vegan parmesan for topping optional
  • fresh basil leaves for topping optional


  • Cook dry green lentils according to package directions. When done. Set aside.
  • When lentils are halfway through cooking, start cooking noodles as directed.
  • In a large saucepan, add cooked lentils, drained pasta, and Rao's sauce. Simmer 3-4 minutes until heated.
  • Top with optional ingredients, if desired.
Keyword 5 ingredient, easy vegan dinner