Slow Cooker Lentils Bolognese


To help you prep this delicious vegetarian bolognese meal, make the pasta or spaghetti squash and chill up to 4 days in advance.

dish of spaghetti with Lentils Bolognese
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
20 mins
Slow Cook Time:
9 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 20 mins
9 cups


  • 4 cup halved fresh cremini mushrooms

  • 2 cup chopped onions

  • 2 cup chopped tomatoes

  • 1 ½ cup dried brown lentils, rinsed and drained

  • 1 ½ cup sliced carrots

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • 1 4x1-inch Parmesan cheese rind (optional)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 ½ cup vegetable broth

  • ½ cup dry red wine

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • 1 ½ teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

  • Hot cooked spaghetti squash* or spaghetti

  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a 1- to 2-gal. resealable plastic bag or airtight container combine first 11 ingredients (through pepper). Store in refrigerator up to 3 days.

  2. In a 5- to 6-qt. slow cooker combine lentil mixture, broth, and wine. Cover and cook on low 9 to 10 hours. If Parmesan rind hasn't dissolved, remove and chop rind, then return to cooker. Stir in cream and rosemary. Serve lentil mixture over squash and top with grated cheese.

*To cook spaghetti squash

Preheat oven to 375°F. Halve a 3-lb. spaghetti squash lengthwise. Place, cut sides down, in a foil-lined shallow baking pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until very tender; cool. Scrape squash strands from peel. Transfer squash strands to a resealable plastic bag or airtight container. Store in refrigerator up to 3 days. To reheat, microwave 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through, stirring once. Season with salt and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

324 Calories
5g Fat
53g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 324
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 1095mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 21.8mg 109%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 4.4mg 24%
Potassium 1095mg 23%
Folate, total 276.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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