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Chickpea Lentil Bolognese

  • Author: Contentedness Cooking
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Lunch, Pasta
  • Method: Cooking, One Pot
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free, Italian


This Chickpea Lentil Bolognese is super easy to make and naturally vegan, and gluten free. An amazing one pot meal which is also high in plant based protein.



  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained
  • 28 oz marinara
  • 2 Tbs tomato Paste
  • 1/3 cup lentils, uncooked
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt, pepper to taste
Optional add ons:
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red wine


  1. Heat a pot with a bit of olive or canola oil. If you prefer, you can do it totally without any drop of oil. As always I provide both versions with oil and without to keep it really easy and flexible for all of you. Just use a bit of vegetable broth.
  2. Add garlic, optional onions and celery. Fry everything for around 4 minutes. Now add lentils, marinara, tomato paste, and cook for 15 minutes longer.
  3. Finally add chickpeas and cook for around 5 minutes longer. After that it’s done but you can get it a bit more fancy. Time for optionals like red wine and cherry tomatoes. If you add these we increase the cooking time by another 5 minutes more.
  4. Serve on plates or in bowls and enjoy.


  • Serving Size: 3 cups
  • Calories: 266
  • Sugar: 19
  • Sodium: 1153
  • Fat: 6
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 48
  • Fiber: 8
  • Protein: 11
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: pasta, bolognese, chickpeas, lentils, vegan, plant based, gluten free, vegetarian