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Vanfood- Spagetti Bolognese (vegan)

November 4, 2023

Sometimes you need a comfort food because even in van life, there are bad days. For me, it's spaghetti Bolognese! Today, I'm sharing this recipe with you and I'll reveal how I cook efficiently in my van.

My Comfort Food: Vegan Lentil Bolognese

When I’m not feeling well or having a bad day, I need a meal that can lift my spirits. For me, it’s spaghetti with tomato sauce, or even better, Bolognese. However, since I rarely eat meat, I needed a good alternative for the ground meat. The answer was lentils!

The first time I read about this alternative in Bolognese, it didn’t appeal to me at all. I thought that having lentils in a sauce served with carbohydrates sounded strange, almost like eating pasta with potatoes. Today, I consider that idea complete nonsense because lentils contain a significant amount of protein that the body definitely needs.

I like to prepare the sauce in advance for the next day. This allows the sauce to infuse and develop its flavors.

For you, here’s my lentil Bolognese recipe:



  1. Heat oil in a pot and sauté onions and garlic.

  2. Add the lentils and sauté briefly.

  3. Also, add the tomato paste and sauté briefly. Be careful not to let anything burn!

  4. Add the can of diced tomatoes and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. (You may need to add some water.)

  5. Season the mixture at the end, and turn off the stove.

  6. The sauce can now infuse. I use the remaining heat for this; it saves energy! However, it will be ready at a later time.

  7. (If you want to eat the Bolognese right away, then you need to let the sauce simmer longer.)

  8. I cook the spaghetti separately according to the package instructions, then drain the water and add the Bolognese.

Note: *Of course, you can also buy fresh tomatoes, cut them into pieces, and add them.

Tip: Craving more vegetables? If you feel like it, you can also enhance the Bolognese with additional vegetables.

Enjoy your meal!


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