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Bangin’ Bolognese

Prep time 10 mins, cook time 30 mins

Serves 4

Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan

Banging Bolognese

“One of our all-time favourite dishes is Bolognese. But, traditionally, it would be higher in saturated fat and served with lots of white pasta. Well, rejoice, because we’ve made a healthy version! First up, we’re going for a higher ratio of sauce to pasta – and the sauce contains walnuts and lentils for a satisfying texture. We are also using wholewheat pasta. which is higher in fibre and much better for you.” – BOSH!


Ingredients

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 onions
  • 1 x 400g tin green lentils
  • 10g fresh thyme or 5g dried thyme
  • 50g walnuts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 50ml red wine
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp yeast extract (e.g. Marmite)
  • 100ml water
  • 320g wholewheat spaghetti
  • Salt and black pepper

to serve

  • 20g vegan hard cheese (optional)
  • 10g fresh parsley leaves
  • 200g green salad

Method

  1. First, prep the ingredients. Peel and grate the garlic. Peel and finely chop the onions. Drain and rinse the lentils. Pick and roughly chop the thyme leaves – if you’re using fresh rather than dried, set aside 1 teaspoon of the fresh leaves for garnishing. Blitz the walnuts in the food processor until coarsely ground.
  2. Now, make the lentil ragu. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes until softened and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add the ground walnuts, lentils, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, red wine, chilli flakes, oregano, thyme, balsamic vinegar, yeast extract and water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent the sauce catching. It will look grey at first, but will darken as it cooks. Once the sauce has darkened in colour and thickened considerably, taste and season to perfection with salt and pepper.
  3. While the ragu is simmering, cook your pasta. Put the saucepan on the hob. Pour the boiling water from the kettle into the saucepan. Turn the heat right up. Sprinkle in a generous pinch of salt. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente, following the instructions on the packet. Remove a quarter cup of the starchy pasta cooking water and reserve. Drain the pasta in a colander. Add the cooked spaghetti and a splash of the pasta water to the ragu in the pan and stir through. Grate the hard cheese (if using) and chop the parsley leaves. Plate up the spaghetti and ragu, garnish with parsley (and thyme, if using fresh leaves) and serve immediately with green salad.

Nutrition per serving

554 kcal

Calories

24g

Protein

15g

Fat

2.2g

Saturates

70g

Carbs

11g

Sugar

19g

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