False Bolognese/Sausage and Lentil Spaghetti

Meal times with my girls are summed up by these emojis. 😩😩😤😰🙏.  Mealtimes are a daily battle with my 4 year old and it seems my 21 month old is copying her. I do have 1 thing I know she will eat and this is bolognese. My husband and I are sooooooooooo bored of bolognese. My new cunning plan is to make everything I cook in the future, resemble bolognese. I will not let the 4 year old win.

Tonight’s offering of Spaghetti with Sausage and Lentils was a total hit AND it looks like *bolognese.



  1. 1 onion, chopped
  2. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  3. 1 carrot, grated
  4. 1 sweet red pepper, chopped
  5. Pack of pre cooked lentils. I used merchant gourmet.
  6. Pack of toulouse sausages with the skins removed. I used Waitrose own brand
  7. Good slug of white wine
  8. Chicken stock cube
  9. Tin of tomatoes
  10. Squeeze of tomato puree
  11. Grated Parmesan plus the rind
  12. Olive oil, water, salt and pepper.



  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic. Fry until the onion is softened.
  2. Add the grated carrot, pepper and lentils and cook slowly for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the sausage meat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Stir until the meat looks cooked.
  4. Add the white wine and cook down until the alcohol has evaporated.
  5. Crumble in the stock cube and top up with a little water.
  6. Add the tinned tomatoes and the puree.
  7. Simmer for 15 minutes
  8. Add the grated parmesan and the rind of the cheese. I really believe this adds a depth of flavour. Allow to cook for five mins. Remove the rind before serving.
  9. Serve with spaghetti and pretend its bolognese.


*please excuse the constant use of the word bolognese!!!!

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