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Lentil Bolognese

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Recipe, video and photography provided by Heinen’s partner, Chef Billy Parisi.

Perfect over any noodle, this Lentil Bolognese is a delicious vegan-friendly spin on classic Bolognese that will satisfy everyone at the table… even meat lovers.

Made in just a few simple steps with only a handful of ingredients, it’s the ideal healthy weeknight meal!

Lentil Bolognese

Lentil Bolognese


  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and finely minced
  • 3 celery stalks, finely minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely minced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups lentils
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Add the olive oil to a medium-size saucepot over low to medium heat. Cook the onions, celery, carrots and garlic for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the tomatoes and water and bring to a boil on high heat.
  3. Add the lentils, turn the heat down to medium and cook until the lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Finish by stirring in basil, salt and pepper. Stir in tomato paste, if needed.

Lentil Bolognese

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Chef Billy Parisi

By Chef Billy Parisi

Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

Recent Reviews

  1. Chef Billy,
    I have a gluten intolerance and we made this for dinner this evening over fresh gluten free pasta. It was excellent! Even my husband raved about it. Thank you so much.
    Joanne Hudson

    1. We’re thrilled to hear that you and your husband enjoyed this recipe, Joanne. Thank you for your feedback!

    1. Hi There – Yes! This recipe can be adapted for a slow cooker using the steps below.
      1. Add the olive oil to your slow cooker on the sauté function. Cook the onions, celery, carrots and garlic for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
      2. Add in the water and tomatoes and slow cook on high for 2 hours.
      3. Stir in the lentils and slow cook on high for another 2 hours or until they are tender.
      4. Adjust seasonings and serve.

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