Mushroom & Lentil Ragu


Mushroom and Lentil Ragu

This mushroom and lentil ragu is a delicious, cheap vegan alternative to a traditional bolognaise. Two out of 3 of my kids say they actually prefer this! Use gluten free pasta if necessary.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 736 kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil organic, fairtrade
  • 1 onion peeled & chopped, organic
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled & crushed, organic
  • 600 g mushrooms washed & diced, organic
  • 2 tsp oregano chopped, organic
  • 700 g passata organic
  • 250 g dried red lentils organic
  • 200 ml vegetable stock organic
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce organic
  • 4 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1 dash black pepper organic,fairtrade
  • 1 dash salt
  • 360 g dried spaghetti organic
  • 25 g parmesan cheese organic, to serve (optional)


  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or oven proof casserole dish over a medium heat and fry the onion for 5 minutes until soft
  • Add the garlic, mushrooms and oregano and fry for a further 3 minutes
  • Add the passata and lentils and stir together
  • Add the hot vegetable stock, worcestshire sauce, most of the fresh basil, stir and season with salt and pepper.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Alternatively, cook in the over at 180°C/360°F/gas mark 4 for 30 minutes
  • 15 minutes before eating, bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and cook the spaghetti as per the packet instructions.
  • Drain the spaghetti and serve with the ragu spooned over the top and a sprinkling of the remaining basil and the parmesan cheese.


Not all eating together or in a hurry?
This ragu can be prepared ahead of time and re-heated. Cook the spaghetti as you need it.
The ragu can be frozen for 6 months.


Calories: 736kcalCarbohydrates: 132gProtein: 38gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 461mgPotassium: 2182mgFiber: 28gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 1422IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 209mgIron: 11mg
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One thought on “Mushroom & Lentil Ragu

  1. Absolutely delicious even for the meat eaters in our family. Easy recipe to follow, not too many ingredients & timings spot on. Generous portions.
    Will definitely be serving this again.

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