Do you have a few hours with nowhere to go? Grab your biggest pot and make this Bolognese – you’ll be glad you did!
I wish I had a story to tell you about this recipe, but I really don’t. I made it last Saturday, which was rainy and cold. We stayed in and let it simmer all afternoon while we did work around the house – Bolognese is simple to make, but it needs to cook for a few hours in order to thicken up and let the flavors develop. It smelled absolutely amazing while it cooked; we kept wandering into the kitchen to check up on it. It felt like an eternity had passed by the time we sat down to eat, but it was well worth it.
Bolognese has a reputation for being indulgent, but I lightened it up by replacing some of the meat with lentils. It might seem weird to eat lentils with pasta since both are starchy, but trust me… they have the perfect texture and earthy taste to make this dish work. If you close your eyes while you eat, you might even forget they’re there.
This recipe makes a ton, so go ahead and clear out some space in your freezer. I divided the leftovers into smaller portions to use for quick weeknight meals when I’m too tired to cook. I’m also planning to use some of it in a lasagna!