Vegan Lentil Mushroom Ragu

Vegan ragu made with lentils and mushrooms, this ragu goes perfect with pasta, quinoa, rice, or gnocchi.

This hearty Vegan Lentil Mushroom Ragu is the perfect dish for a romantic dinner, special celebration, or to have in the freezer for busy weeknights.

This recipe is a delicious protein-rich pasta sauce perfect for spaghetti, gnocchi, lasagna, or over polenta.

big red pot of lentil mushroom ragu

About this Lentil Mushroom Ragu

This vegan ragu recipe is delicious, full of flavor, and super nutritious. It is an Italian sauce that you will love. The ingredients are easy to find, and the steps are straightforward to follow.

The traditional ragu alla bolognese is made with minced pork and beef. I make mine with lentils and mushrooms.

Ingredients for the vegan ragu

  • Olive oil, I love a good cold press olive oil.
  • Vegetables, finely chopped onion (you could substitute with shallots), bell pepper (prefferably red and fresh; you can also use canned), sliced garlic,
  • Mushrooms, chopped or sliced. If you are in a hurry, use the sliced store-bought mushrooms.
  • Cooked lentils use jarred lentils or home cooked, but strain them first before adding them.
  • Spices, dried basil, dried oregano
  • Tomato puree, chopped tomatoes or homemade tomato sauce, you can add a little tomato paste to enrich the flavor.
  • Vegan Parmesan Cheese
bowl with lentils, red bell pepper, onion, mushrooms and garlic on a plate

how to make Vegan Lentil Mushroom Ragu?

  • In a large dutch oven, add the olive oil, onion, and sauté over medium heat for about 5-7 min. add the sliced garlic.
  • Add the garlic and red bell pepper with a pinch of salt. Let them sautee and occasionally stir until the red bell pepper is soft. Add the mushrooms, lentils, oregano tsp, basil, and tomato puree.
  • Cover and leave it for about 20 min. over medium heat. Let it simmer, do not bring it to a boil.
  • Add salt and black pepper, check for seasoning and serve.

Can you store vegan ragu?

Like any good Italian sauce, it tastes delicious the day you make it and a little better the day you reheat it. So if you double the recipe and freeze it, the day you thaw this vegan Italian sauce, you will have a delicious super meal. If you plan to leave it in the refrigerator, use an airtight container.

Sauteeing vegetables for vegan ragu

How to serve vegan ragu?

I served this vegan version of ragu with gnocchi, but you can serve it with pasta, pappardelle, polenta, brown rice, quinoa, or whatever you like best. It is also delicious if you serve it with zucchini noodles.

tips & tricks

  • How to add more umami flavor. Lentils and mushrooms together are the best. They both have that umami flavor that makes each bite a dream. But if you feel you are missing that umami-ness from the ground beef, add a couple of tamari or soy sauce tbsp.
  • Mushrooms. If you don’t like mushrooms in big pieces, you can chop them quickly in the food processor (affiliate link). Put them in the container and pulse several times until they are small. Be careful that they do not become a paste.
  • Lentils. If you use precooked lentils, check the label and ensure they do not contain anything but lentils.
  • Vegan parmesan cheese. Serve this vegan ragu with homemade walnut parmesan cheese.
  • Give this recipe a twist. You can use vegetable broth , and add more vegetables, such as carrots or celery. Or you can add red wine, which will give incredible results.
  • Garlic. It is important that it’s thinly sliced, so it does not burn. Burnt garlic can make the sauce bitter.

Serving suggestions

Other recipes you might like

finishing gnocchis with vegan ragu and vegan parmesan cheese.

I hope you make the recipe and that you like it a lot. Tell me if you made it for a romantic dinner, as comfort food, or as soup. Here is the recipe for this vegan ragu with mushrooms and lentils. When you make it, take a picture and share it on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Don’t forget to rate this recipe with five stars.

Lentil and Mushroom Ragu

Alejandra Graf
Vegan ragu made with lentils and mushrooms, this ragu goes perfect with pasta, quinoa, rice, or gnocchi.
5 de 2 votos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegan Italian Cuisine
Servings 6 people
Calories 180 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 sliced ​​garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups chopped or sliced ​​mushrooms
  • 3 cups cooked lentils without liquid
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 2 cups of canned tomato
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • fresh basil leaves to serve *optional
  • vegan parmesan cheese


  • In a large pot with lid, preferably thick bottom put olive oil and onion over medium heat.
  • When the onion is soft, about 5-7min. Add the garlic and red pepper with a pinch of salt. Let them sautee and occasionally move until the red pepper is soft.
  • Put the mushrooms, lentils, oregano, basil, and tomato puree.
  • Cover it and leave it for about 20 min. over low -medium heat. Do not bring it to a boil.
  • Add salt and black pepper.
    Serve on top of quinoa or pasta.



  • This sauce is delicious on top of quinoa or pasta, even better if you get quinoa pasta.
  • You must use sliced garlic not to burn; it can burn if you cut it into tiny pieces.
  • To cook the lentils (for 3 cups of cooked lentils, put 1 1/2 cup of dry lentils), just put them in a large pot covered with water. Leave them for a while until they are soft.
  • If you make the tomato puree at home, just liquefy a few tomatoes with a bit of water, just enough to run the blender well.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 10gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 781mgPotassium: 596mgFiber: 9gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 275IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 4mg
Keyword how to prepare mushrooms, lentil ragu, plant-based italian sauce, vegan ragu


Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Did you make this recipe?Tag @piloncilloyvainilla on Instagram and hashtag it #alecooks so we can all see your creations.

Alejandra Graf
Latest posts by Alejandra Graf (see all)
5 from 2 votes (2 ratings without comment)
Notify of
Recipe Rating

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments