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Instant Pot Lentil Bolognese

This Instant Pot Lentil Bolognese is a healthy, flavorful, and hearty sauce that goes perfectly over pasta, spaghetti squash, and even cauliflower rice.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Pressure and Release Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: main dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bolognese, pasta
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 113kcal
Cost: $5.01


  • Instant Pot
  • measuring cups
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden mixing spoon
  • cutting board
  • chef's knife


  • 1 Tablespoon Canola oil
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper chopped
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup green or brown lentils rinsed
  • 2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  • Press the sauté button on the Instant Pot and keep pressing until the display shows “More”.
  • Add oil, chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, and celery to the Instant Pot. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the veggies have softened. Press cancel.


  • Add the rest of the ingredients except for the salt and pepper to the instant pot.
  • Give everything a good stir and close the lid. Make sure the knob is turned to sealing.
  • Cook on HIGH pressure for 15 minutes (it will take about 20 minutes for the pressure to rise and start cooking.)
  • Allow the cooker to release pressure naturally for 15 minutes and quickly release the rest of the pressure. Open the lid carefully.


  • Remove the bay leaf and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with two pounds of cooked pasta of your choice.


  • The bolognese can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
  • If you like your sauce to be less chunky, then you can use an immersion blender and blend the sauce.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg