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Veggie Bolognese Loadsa Veg, Lentils and Parmesan

Jamie Oliver's Veggie Bolognese from Super Food Family Classics makes for a great family dinner. This easy recipe is a great way of getting more veg into your diet and the kids are bound to love it too!

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Embracing copper-rich lentils here instead of minced beef still gives us a nice hit of protein, ups our fibre intake, and also lowers the sat-fat levels we would usually find in a Bolognese

1 hour 15 minutes to make

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20g dried porcini mushrooms
2 large red onions
2 cloves of garlic
2 carrots
2 sticks of celery
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
olive oil
1 fresh bay leaf
100ml Chianti
1 x 400g tin of green lentils
2 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes
450g dried wholewheat spaghetti
½ a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley (15g)
100g Parmesan cheese

Essential kit

You will need a large casserole pan.


In a small bowl, just cover the porcini with boiling kettle water to rehydrate them. Peel the onions, garlic and carrots, trim the celery and finely chop it all with the rosemary leaves. Place a large casserole pan on a medium-low heat with 1 tablespoon of oil, then add the chopped veg, rosemary and the bay. Cook with a lid on for 20 minutes, or until softened, stirring occasionally.

Scoop out and finely chop the porcini and add to the pan with the soaking water, leaving any gritty bits behind. Turn the heat up to medium-high, pour in the Chianti, then leave to cook away. Tip in the lentils (juice and all), and the tomatoes, breaking them up with a wooden spoon. Half-fill each tomato
tin with water, swirl around and pour into the pan. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a medium-low heat and simmer for 35 minutes, or until thick and delicious. Taste and season to perfection.

Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions, then drain, reserving a mugful of cooking water. Toss the spaghetti through the Bolognese, loosening with a little reserved
water, if needed. Finely chop the top leafy half of the parsley, finely grate over most of the Parmesan and stir both through the pasta, then divide between your plates, grate over the rest of the Parmesan and tuck in.

Calories 441kcal – Fat 9.8g – Sat Fat 4g – Protein 22g – Carbs 67.2g – Sugar 12.7g – Salt 0.8g – Fibre 11.4g – 3 Portions Veg & Fruit

Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House

Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2016 Super Food Family Classics) Photographer: Jamie Oliver


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From the book: Super Food Family Classics

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