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Vegan Pasta Bolognese with Lentils

Vegan Pasta Bolognese with Lentils is a family favorite, and the ultimate comfort food.  Rich, creamy sauce packed with protein—all the ingredients you'll need come straight from your pantry!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Entree—Pasta
Cuisine: Pantry
Keyword: pantry staple
Servings: 6 people
Author: Sarah


  • 1 pound pasta (I like short cut pastas for this, like Rigatoni, use gluten free pasta if needed)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (can sub 1/2 teaspoon of dried garlic powder if out of fresh)
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning (or use dried oregano)
  • 1 15 ounce can lentils (see notes)
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (choose your favorite brand!)
  • 1 15 ounce can coconut milk, cream only (refrigerate overnight and separate the cream from the water)

Optional Toppings:

  • fresh herbs for garnish
  • vegan parmesan cheese


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt generously and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In the meantime, prepare the sauce. Pour the olive oil into a large skillet (large enough to hold the pasta if possible).
  • Heat over medium low heat and add the garlic. Cook until fragrant, but not brown.
  • Add the Italian seasoning and stir well while continuing to heat.
  • Drained and rinse the lentils, and add them to the garlic mixture. Mix well.
  • Pour the marinara sauce on top and stir again.
  • Carefully open the coconut milk, and skim off the separated firm white cream. (you can save the water for a smoothie!)
  • Add the coconut cream to the marinara sauce and mix well, and heat until slightly bubbling.
  • Add cooked pasta to the sauce and mix well to fully incorporate.
  • Serve! Garnish with vegan parmesan and whatever fresh herbs you have!


For the Lentils:
You can use dry lentils in this recipe as well.  Cook about 1/2 cup of dry lentils according to package directions, and then proceed with this recipe.  If you don't have lentils at all, try a can of white canellini beans!