Hearty vegan bolognese made with lentils and vegetables over spaghetti squash
Yield: Serves 4
2 small spaghetti squash
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 small yellow onion, peeled and diced
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 cup crimini mushrooms, diced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
pinch red pepper flakes
24 oz. crushed tomatoesZ
1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste
1 ½ cups cooked French green lentils drained
salt to taste
fresh basil for garnish
1 cup shredded vegan mozzarella cheese
¼ Cup PROFI Unflavoured
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Place cut side up on a large rimmed baking sheet, and bake 35-45 minutes, until tender. Cool. Use two forks to scratch up the squash to create “noodles” inside the squash “boats.”
- Meanwhile, make the lentil bolognese. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery and sauté until vegetables soften, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic, mushrooms, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes, and sauté until the mushrooms begin to soften. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir to combine. Add lentils and Bay Leaf and simmer the sauce 20 minutes, until sauce has thickened and all the vegetables are tender. Season to taste with salt. Add ¼ cup PROFI and stir.
- PROFI will thicken the sauce, add water or juice from lentils if you prefer less thickening.
- Spoon the lentil bolognese over the spaghetti squash noodles. Top the bolognese with cheese & place under broiler until cheese begins to bubble. Garnish with fresh basil.
- Enjoy with a glass of Merlot or even a cabernet merlot!
By adding PROFI to your meal, you’re adding 20 grams of complete protein (5 grams per serving)! The addition of PROFI will bring the protein level to 7.0 grams per serving whereas typical beef bolognese delivers only 5.1 grams making this dish an easy, tasty, and very nutritious option compared to beef!