Lentil Bolognese

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So I think I’m finally in this “fit fam” you all keep talking about.

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I mean, I skipped the Oreo aisle while grocery shopping this weekend & I’ve gotten in the habit of doing squats every morning once I put my rollers in.

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Ok, so maybe I’m in the fit step-family. Perhaps I’m the weird aunt who gives out pencils on Halloween. So be it.

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These are big steps for me! I’m never going to be a gym rat. I’ve tried on and off for my entire adult life. It’s just that I only have like two cute workout outfits and my hair has never looked good in a ponytail. My elementary school boyfriend broke up with me because I put my hair in a ponytail during recess once. But I’m over it, obviously. Anyways, the gym just isn’t healthy for me emotionally.

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So as I wholly commit to this fit fam lifestyle, I welcome any tips that also allow me to continue shoving carbs down my throat.





Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6


  • 1 cup of lentils, rinsed + drained
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 6 oz. of tomato paste
  • 1 can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. of oregano
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. of italian seasoning
  • 1 package of whole wheat pasta
  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, + more for serving
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Stir in tomato paste, cook another minute
  • Stir in diced tomatoes + crushed tomatoes
  • Add oregano + crushed red pepper + dried basil + italian seasoning + S+P
  • Simmer for 3-4 minutes
  • Add lentils + parmesan + S+P, simmer for another 4-5 minutes
  • Cook pasta to al dente, drain
  • In a large bowl, combine pasta + bolognese
  • Serve hot with extra parmesan cheese
  • Slurp these noodles as loud as you want you deserve it you filthy animal


There are a ton of versions of this on Pinterest, but I do believe mine is the easiest πŸ˜‰


25 thoughts on “Lentil Bolognese

  1. eat2healthblog says:

    Haha, we love that you squat with rollers in; next it will be whilst you’re waiting for the kettle to boil. πŸ™‚ The gym can be overrated but lentil pasta is the best! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe! πŸ™‚


  2. Linda says:

    Looks yummy Rachel! And squats are a great start! I haven’t gone to a gym in years – I do all my workouts at home – everything from yoga to pilates to weight lifting (yes, I have a bar with weights!) I also have a treadmill and cycle trainer (I have the room for it) but you can just dance around the house for your cardio! And go check out pinterest or even FitTV for great workouts you can do at home – in your kitchen! Have fun learning new stuff πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


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