Vegan spaghetti bolognese
In the tradition of my vegan meatballs, this vegan spaghetti bolognese uses lentils instead of minced beef.
Here we go.
For 2 people, amply:
1 cup lentils
3 cups or so water (to be added as needed)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes / 400 g
1/2 green pepper
2 medium carrots, split lengthwise then chopped (I like to keep the skins on, more flavour and more vitamins)
1/4 cup soy sauce (enough to make salty – between 1/4 and 1/3)
2 cloves garlic
Small handful of dried shitake mushrooms, or about 5 fresh
A handful of nori flakes (nori is a seaweed)
Black pepper to taste
3 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
So, we make this simply by boiling the lentils, shitake, garlic, cardomom and seaweed with the soy sauce and two cups of water. After about 15 minutes or when we see 2/3 of the liquid has been absorbed, we add the carrots and tomato. 5 minutes later, we add the mushrooms and green pepper. Onions should be fried apart and added with these. Throw in, too, the oregano, black pepper, oil, and sugar. (The sugar counters the acidity of the tomatoes. You can substitute this for something healthier if you want).
Boil until all the ingredients are soft. Watch the pan and add water as necessary. We want to make the recipe properly salty with only soy sauce as this will help give a meatiness to the lentils, so go by taste as different sauces are less or more salty than others – but be aware that soy sauce is liquid, and the lentils have to absorb it!
Cook spaghetti to go with, and enjoy!
If you miss Parmesan with your bolognese, try a mix of finely chopped pine kernels with nutritional yeast to sprinkle on top.
By the way, the pasta we used in this recipe was made of Kamut – that’s a form of wheat that is a lot healthier than normal wheat, and contains no gluten. In health food shops you can find pasta made of spelt or rice, too. You’ll be able to feel the difference – they are much healthier.
Hope it works for you! Comment and tell me how it went if you try it!
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