Lentil Butternut Bolognese

Lentil Butternut Bolognese in the pressure cooker. Ready in just 30 minutes and no stirring! #vegan

This recipe is for a multi tasker of a meal. Not only is it a perfect accompaniment to pasta, it’s fantastic on baked potatoes, in wraps or with a little extra stock, it makes a lovely warming, hearty soup. You could even use it to make a vegan version of the classic American Sloppy Joes which kids would love!

Lentil Butternut Bolognese in the pressure cooker #vegan

It’s a perfect weeknight meal, with little prep and no stirring thanks to an ingenious piece of kit – the Optimum Induction Multi Function Pressure-Cook Pro.

Lentil Butternut Bolognese in the pressure cooker. Ready in just 30 minutes and no stirring! #vegan

Since becoming disabled with widespread neuropathic pain, chronic migraine and fatigue, I can’t cook how I used to – always having a fully home cooked, nutritious and healthy meal prepared. This machine has become my best friend in the kitchen, allowing me to throw in some wholesome ingredients and open it 30 minutes later to find a delicious, perfectly cooked meal. I always bulk cook too, so I have leftovers for lunches. People are busy and trying to cram so much into the day and this appliance truly alleviates that dinner pressure.

Lentil Butternut Bolognese in the pressure cooker. Ready in just 30 minutes and no stirring! #vegan

It takes a long time to cook a good bolognese sauce. You really need to cook down the tomatoes to release all those umami rich flavours. Plus to get the most out of your ingredients, the onions, garlic, carrots and any other veg you are adding, really ought to soften gently, which takes time. With this pressure cooker, there’s no sauteeing, and no hours of simmering. You add everything to the pot at the same time and the clever technology ensures that the onions and other veg, cook into the sauce, adding maximum flavour, almost melting into it.

Lentil Butternut Bolognese in the pressure cooker. Ready in just 30 minutes and no stirring! #vegan

Think of it as a slow cooker that’s fast. Slow cookers are wonderful, but they require some thinking ahead and organisation and if you forget before you run out the door for a long day, then stress levels peak when you return home hungry and tired and still need to prepare a meal. Because this machine is just that awesome, it does actually slow cook too! For those who are more able and, ahem, organised than me.

Lentil Butternut Bolognese in the pressure cooker. Ready in just 30 minutes and no stirring! #vegan

That’s not all, this machine has a number or pre-set programs from rice, to cake to deep fry meaning that this single machine can replace so many single purpose appliances and save so much space!

Here’s some key features;

Induction Heating

A method of heat transfer, induction heating generates an electric current to create a magnetic field that transfers heat to a cooking vessel. It is more energy efficient than standard heating technologies, such as electrical cookers, and cooks food more evenly.

Simple Pre-set Programs

The Induction Pressure-Cook Pro enables you to make meals with minimal of fuss. Choose from Slow cook, meat, white rice, stew, soup, porridge steam, braise, cake, pizza, pasta, roast, deep fry, defrost, yogurt, simmer

Voice Guidance

The Induction Pressure-Cook Pro offers a text-to-speech function that announces a selection, provides usage guidance and provides a warning before pressure is released and cooking is complete.

Seven Pressure Levels

The Induction Pressure-Cook Pro allows you to start or adjust pressure at any time during the cooking process. Prepare meals based on your taste by selecting your desired level of pressure with the press of a button.

Automatic Electronic Pressure Release Valve

The Induction Pressure-Cook Pro automatically depressurise at end of the circle. The appliance provides a warning before pressure is released to avoid burns from manual release.

24-hour Timer

The Induction Pressure-Cook Pro features a convenient digital timer that automatically begins cooking, so you can attend to other tasks.

Save Time and Space

This innovative appliance takes control of every meal you make. Avoid storing multiple kitchen appliances in your kitchen by using the Induction Pressure-Cook Pro to combine all your ingredients, select a pre-set program and do all the cooking.

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Lentil Butternut Bolognese in the pressure cooker. Ready in just 30 minutes and no stirring! #vegan


Serves 6-8

  • 500g dried green or brown lentils
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 small butternut squash, deseeded and cubed
  • 2 cans plum tomatoes
  • 4 cups beef style or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


Simply add all ingredients to the pressure cooker and set to ‘soup’ function.

To make on the stovetop, saute the onion and garlic then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for at least an hour or until rich and thickened.

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24 Responses to Lentil Butternut Bolognese

  1. brooklyn37 says:

    Hum ça a l’air délicieux.
    Merci pour la recette
    A bientôt

  2. Pretty Patel says:

    wow such a versatile dish, love all the different ways you have suggested to serve it.

  3. eathealthy75 says:

    I love the sound of your bolognese! It’s so nutritious, and packed with great flavors. Perfect on some pasta!

  4. Jan Bennett says:

    Great no fuss recipe! I’m loving my Pressure Cooker PRO, looking forward to seeing what else you come up with. Even the chocolate cake came out okay when I tried it (one in the recipe book) brilliant machine 🙂

  5. It is so sad to hear you suffer from chronic pain, I absolutely understand it because I also have this problem. It is such a warm hearty meal in current weather.

  6. choclette says:

    I love lentil Bolognese. It takes me right back to student days when I couldn’t afford to cook much else. I’m sorry to hear you’re suffering, it doesn’t sound like any fun at all. Glad your finding your new super fast slow cooker useful. Stumbled, gummed, flipped and pinned.

  7. Recently I began dabbling with vegetarian cooking, starting with lentil bolognese. It never occurred to me to use butternut – what a beautiful flavour combination!

  8. Oooh yes please! This looks lovely – totally agree with that tip about making food in bulk – I do that a lot, it makes like so much easier, doesn’t it? The Pressure-Cook Pro sounds amazing…I love the idea of a slow cooker that’s fast – that’s like the ultimate kitchen gadget, isn’t it?!? Eb x

  9. Katie Bryson says:

    I’ve made lentil shepherds pie, but never tried making bolognese… yours looks wonderful and something I definitely want to try.

  10. This looks like a great vegetarian alternative

  11. rhema3one7 says:


  12. Mandy Mazliah says:

    This sounds lovely! Lentils go so well with a bolognese sauce x

  13. Jessi says:

    Love this delicious dish!!! Going to make it for lunch tomorrow. Keep sharing:)

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