November is Veg Pledge month, with people raising funds for Cancer Research UK by turning vegetarian or vegan for the month.
Here’s our favourite meat-free bolognaise recipe for anyone who’s taken on the Veg Pledge. One of the most versatile meals we can think of, this simple recipe can be turned into a number of different dishes. We’re thinking straight bolognaise, chili, shepherd’s pie or even lasagne!
Preparation time: 50 minutes (plus 30 minutes’ resting time)
1 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 sticks celery, sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 large courgette, diced
1 red pepper, cored and diced
125g mushrooms, diced
250g Puy lentils
1 tin tomatoes (whole or chopped)
1tbsp tomato purée
400ml water (fill the empty tomato tin)
Pasta, rice, mash etc. to serve – see ideas below.
1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and gently sweat the onion, garlic and celery for 5 minutes.
2. Add the diced carrots, courgette, red pepper and mushrooms and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
3. Add the Puy lentils, tinned tomatoes, tomato purée and water and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 25 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked. If using whole tomatoes, break any large pieces apart with a spoon.
4. Turn off the heat and allow to sit for a further 30 minutes for the lentils to absorb more liquid.
5. Serve with pasta for a simple bolognaise, add some chili and enjoy with rice and guacamole, top with mash for a veggie shepherd’s pie, or add white sauce and pasta sheets for a lasagne.
Find out more about Veg Pledge
Veg Pledge 2021 – Cancer Research UK
10 top tips for going vegetarian or vegan – Cancer Research UK
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