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Vegetable Bolognaise

Here’s another vegetarian dish for the recipe collection.  In this one, I’ve cooked the pasta with the sauce in the Thermomix and I’ve also added lentils to make a more filling meal. The trick with this dish is to wait for 5 minutes before serving so that the pasta can finish cooking with the heat of the sauce.  I’ve learned the hard way that cooking the dish for too long results in the turning Thermomix blades break up the pasta!

Vegetable_Bolognaise | Thermomix

Serves 4


1 large red onion, peeled and quartered

2 cloves garlic, peeled

2 carrots (~250 to 300g), cut into 2 cm pieces

2 zucchini (~250 to 300g), cut into 2cm pieces

6 mushrooms, halved

15g olive oil

2 x 400g cans diced tomato

40g tomato paste

20g worcestershire sauce

1 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp dried parsley

2 tsp dried basil

60g Thermomix vegetable stock concentrate

120g green lentils, rinsed

Salt and pepper, to season

100g wholemeal penne

Grated parmesan cheese and chilli flakes (to serve)


1. Add onion and garlic into the Thermomix bowl and chop with the measuring cup (MC) on for 3 seconds/Speed 5

2. Add carrots, zucchini and mushrooms into the Thermomix bowl and chop with the MC on for 4 seconds/Speed 6

3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add oil and sauté with the MC off for 8 minutes/Varoma/Speed 1

4. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, dried herbs, stock concentrate and lentils, use the spatula to quickly mix the ingredients together and cook for 17 minutes/100C/Reverse/Speed soft with the Thermomix basket sitting on top of the lid

5. Stir sauce with the spatula, taste and add seasoning if required

6. Add pasta, stir to combine and cook for 12 minutes/100C/Reverse/Speed soft with the Thermomix basket sitting on top of the lid

7. Sit in the Thermomix for 5 minutes before serving

8. Serve with parmesan cheese and chilli flakes

Tips and Hints

1. If after step 2, there are still large pieces of vegetables in the bowl, feel free to chop for a further 1 to 2 seconds.  No more than that – otherwise, the finished sauce will not have a chunky bolognaise texture

2. If you like your pasta softer, sit in the Thermomix after step 7 until the pasta reaches the desired texture


7 comments on “Vegetable Bolognaise

  1. alifemoment
    January 11, 2015

    I love bolognese sauce, I like your vegetable version 😊

  2. ThermomixBlogger Helene
    January 12, 2015

    A lovely recipe and great tips too! Thanks for including lentils, they are a fave meat-replacer for me too 🙂 Happy mixing!

  3. crosstitchery
    January 12, 2015

    I haven’t yet conquered the art of cooking pasta in the my Thermomix .. But I like the sound of your recipe so much I’ll have to give it a try! 🙂

    • ifwehavetoeat
      January 12, 2015

      It did take a couple of unsuccessful attempts to figure it out! Let me know how you go….

  4. Essy
    March 26, 2019

    This is a delicious lentil bolognaise! I’ve made it several times and keep coming back to this recipe. It’s a regular at our house. Hubby and children are happy to eat this in place of a regular meat version. Great recipe thanks.

    • ifwehavetoeat
      March 26, 2019

      I’m so glad you like it. It’s always hard to get meatless dishes past my other half!!

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