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Lentil Bolognese

February 1, 2021

Recipe, video and photography provided by Heinen’s partner, Chef Billy Parisi.

Perfect over any noodle, this Lentil Bolognese is a delicious vegan-friendly spin on classic Bolognese that will satisfy everyone at the table… even meat lovers.

Made in just a few simple steps with only a handful of ingredients, it’s the ideal healthy weeknight meal!

Lentil Bolognese
Lentil Bolognese
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  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and finely minced
  • 3 celery stalks, finely minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely minced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups lentils
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Add the olive oil to a medium-size saucepot over low to medium heat. Cook the onions, celery, carrots and garlic for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the tomatoes and water and bring to a boil on high heat.
  3. Add the lentils, turn the heat down to medium and cook until the lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Finish by stirring in basil, salt and pepper. Stir in tomato paste, if needed.

Lentil Bolognese

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By Chef Billy Parisi
Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

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