A vegan-friendly, comfort food.

Lentil & Mushroom Ragù

by Dishing Up the Dirt

Prep Time: 15 minutes  |  Cook Time: 50 minutes  |  Serves: 4



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup mushrooms, roughly chopped (mix of button, cremini etc.)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup red wine (any good drinking red wine will work here)
  • 1 cup brown or green lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • one 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • minced parsley for serving
  • 12 ounces penne pasta

Almond Crumble

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy bottom pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes. Add the mushrooms and garlic and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 6 minutes longer. Stir in the tomato paste and mix until all the veggies are evenly coated. Add the red wine and bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and add the lentils, diced tomatoes, veggie broth, thyme, oregano, salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Bring the mixture back up to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  2. While the ragù simmers bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of liquid to add to the ragù if needed.
  3. Prepare the almond crumble by combining all the ingredients in a small food processor or blender. Process until it becomes the texture of a fine meal. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  4. Divide pasta between bowls, top with the ragù, minced parsley and plenty of almond crumble.


  • Use this recipe as a guide
  • Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary
  • Cooking times will vary from kitchen to kitchen

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