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HEARTY MUSHROOM + LENTIL RAGU

Packed with protein and fiber, this vegan Mushroom & Lentil Ragu is hearty, savory and comforting! It’s perfect over a bed of pasta, polenta, or mashed potatoes.

top down view of a bowl with pasta topped with mushroom and lentil ragu with fork and items surrounding.

Today, I have something wonderful and savory to share with you!

This vegan Hearty Mushroom + Lentil Ragu with pasta recipe is comforting and warm while filling all your senses. It’s the perfect hearty meal!

The aroma alone smells delicious and once you take your first bite, you’ll be hooked. I had seconds and thirds. Seriously!

Packed with protein and fiber, as well as other important vitamins to keep you plant strong and loving it, this lentil stew is another super easy dish to put together, and will be ready in under an hour.

And when I’m craving other vegan pasta recipes, I like to revisit this Vegan One-Pot Penne Pasta with Mushrooms & SausageEasy Vegan Mac and Cheese With Peas, or maybe this Quick N’ Healthy Chickpea + Vegetable Pasta. All are delicious in their own way and always a welcome change on the meal rotation!

top down view of ingredients used to make mushroom and lentil ragu.

Ingredients You’ll Need

In this recipe, onion, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes and lentils are simmered until tender with herbs and robust red wine for a savory ragu served with pasta for a hearty vegan main dish.

Here is everything you will need:

  • Onion
  • Garlic 
  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Dried oregano or herbes de provence
  • Lentils (brown, green or puy)
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Vegetable broth
  • Full-bodied red wine
  • Tomato paste
  • Salt + pepper
  • Pasta
  • Parsley

Tips + Substitutions

  • If you don’t like mushrooms, feel free to substitute with chopped red bell pepper, zucchini or celery.
  • Use pasta of choice. I used fettuccine here, but I’ve also used all kinds of other pastas with this ragu. Try pappardelle, linguine, penne, rigatoni, elbow, spaghetti, etc.
  • If you don’t have canned tomatoes on hand, sub in a jar (25 oz) of organic pasta sauce of choice.
  • If not using wine, replace with water or veggie broth. If using wine, feel free to add more as it gives a wonderful flavor!

top down view showing the process of adding mushrooms, carrots and herbs to pot to saute.

How To Make Vegan Mushroom + Lentil Ragu

  • In a large dutch oven, heat oil or water over medium heat, add onions and saute for 5 minutes, add garlic, carrots, mushrooms, red pepper flakes and oregano, saute for 4 minutes, or until mushrooms begin to soften.

top down view showing the process of adding wine to mushroom and lentil ragu before simmering on the stove.

  • Add lentils, tomatoes, vegetable broth and wine.

top down view of all the ingredients to make mushroom and lentil ragu in a black pot with wooden spoon.

  • Give a good stir, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 35 – 40 minutes, until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Towards the end of cooking time, cook pasta according to package.

This vegan Lentil & Mushroom Ragu is a keeper and a welcome addition to the recipe collection!

top down view of black pot with freshly made mushroom and lentil ragu.

How To Store Leftovers

  • Refrigerator: Leftovers will keep for 5 days in the refrigerator, stored in a covered container.
  • Freezer: This lentil ragu is freezer friendly and freezes well for up to 2 – 3 months. To freeze, let cool completely and store in freezer safe containers (affiliate link), leaving 1/2 inch head space for expansion. You can also freeze larger portions in large ziplock (remove as much air as possible before zip locking). Let thaw before reheating.
  • Reheat: Simply re-warm on the stovetop over low heat until warmed through. Alternatively, reheat in the microwave using 30 – 60 second intervals, stirring after each, until warm.

Serving Suggestions

Ragu is commonly served with pasta, but here you’ll find a few more ways to serve it for variation. Also included are a few compatible side ideas you might like.

side angle view of bowl with serving of mushroom and lentil ragu with pasta with fork and items surrounding.

If you try this mushroom + lentil ragu recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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HEARTY LENTIL & MUSHROOM RAGU

Packed with protein and fiber, this vegan mushroom and lentil ragu is hearty, savory and comforting!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Vegansita
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Category: Entree, Pasta
  • Method: saute, simmer
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or 1/4 cup water for water saute
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced or diced
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano or herbes de provence
  • 1 1/2 cups lentils (brown, green or puy)
  • 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes (see notes)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup full-bodied red wine
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • mineral salt & cracked pepper, to taste
  • 16 oz. pasta of choice (linguine, fettuccine, pappardelle, rigatoni, etc.)
  • chopped parsley, to serve

Instructions

In a large dutch oven/pot, heat oil or water over medium heat, add onions and saute for 5 minutes. Add garlic, carrots, mushrooms, red pepper flakes and oregano, saute for 4 minutes, or until mushrooms begin to soften.

Add lentils, tomatoes, vegetable broth and wine, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 – 40 minutes, until lentils are tender. Add more water/broth or wine as needed.

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Serve ragu over pasta. Top with chopped parsley and a light dusting of Almond Parmesan.

Serves 6

Store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in a covered container. To keep longer, store in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months.

Notes

If you don’t have canned tomatoes on hand, sub in a jar (25 oz) of organic pasta sauce of choice.

Use whatever pasta you like. I’ve served this with all kinds of pasta types. Even zucchini noodles would be great!

If not using wine, replace with water or veggie broth. If using wine, feel free to add more, it gives a wonderful flavor!

If you don’t like mushrooms, sub in a small diced red bell pepper, small diced zucchini or 1/2 cup diced celery.

If you don’t have tomato paste on hand, sub with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water. Add to the pot, stirring well, 15 minutes before cooking time is up. If you don’t want to use either, the ragu will be fine, it’s just to thicken it up a bit. 

Looking for vegan wine, take a look at this great resource! Barnivore: Vegan Wine Directory

Nutrition information has been calculated without the pasta.

Keywords: mushroom and lentil ragu

Updated: Mushroom + Lentil Ragu was originally published in August 2014. It has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in March 2020. The only changes made to the recipe was to use tomato paste in place of cornstarch as a thickener (see notes in recipe card for old version).

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17 Comments

  1. Lynn White says:

    I have made this recipe many times and it is a winner! The red wine adds a richness to the sauce. I love it over pasta with chopped parsley. Thank you.

  2. Very delicious!! Happy with the finished product. This was our first vegetarian dinner and the first of many.

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Wonderful, so glad you enjoyed this recipe! Cheers to many more! :)

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