Sweet (Lamb) Bolognese (veggie alternative with Lentils!)

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 40 mins

A steaming hot bowl of this will make your weekend, guaranteed!
Since it’s incredibly windy and chilly here in Cornwall at the moment, I’ve created this hearty dish that I think you’re gonna love –

You do like substantial meaty meals, don’t you ????

Keep reading even if you don’t – I’ve got a worthy veggie alternative for you!

I called it “Sweet Lamb Bolognese”, because it works really well with rice pasta, sort of like a good old Spag Bog.
It even has the ‘boyfriend seal of approval’, which means something, as not many candida diet friendly foods pass this test.

Just yesterday I found myself sipping a lonely bowl of butternut squash soup, sigh…

Right, before all my lovely vegan friends get the harpoons out – the Lamb Bolognese also tastes marvelous with red lentils instead of the lamb.


Basic Sauce:

  • 450g organic minced lamb; veggy alternative: red lentils
  • 2 big white onions
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tube of tomato puree
  • pinch of salt and garlic granules
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped finely

Optional Sauce Additions:

  • half a butternut squash, cubed
  • pinch of ground fenugreek
  • ½ tsp tandoori curry spice
  • pinch of paprika
  • 2 handfuls of fresh spinach

For the spice mix:

  • 1 tsp of coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp of cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp of fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp of dark mustard seeds
  • salt, pepper


Chop & fry two big onions in olive oil until they are brown.
Whilst this is going on chop half a butternut squash into cubes and steam for about 10-15 minutes, depending how mushy you like it. The longer you leave it the sweeter it gets.
You can save time by using frozen (defrosted) butternut squash. This is what I did.
Fry 450 g organic lamb mince. Add a bit of apple cider vinegar to tenderize the meat.
Briefly roast the spices over a low heat, then grind them finely.
Stir the spices into your bolognese sauce.
Add the steamed butternut squash and let it simmer for 25 minutes or longer. It does actually taste even nicer, the longer it cooks.Towards the end add some chopped spinach.
Adjust the seasoning if needed.
Serve with pasta of your choice (I used rice pasta).
Vegetarian/ Vegan Alternative:
Fry the onion. Boil the red lentils for 20 minutes. Add to the onion with the spice mix and fry for a few minutes. Then add the butternut squash pieces and simmer for 10 minutes. Towards the end mix in some chopped spinach leaves.
Serve with rice pasta or boiled potatoes and a side salad.

phew… that was close ???? I had you worried there for a moment, didn’t I.

Candida Diet Advice:

You can eat this already in stage 2, yay!

Just serve it with steamed or stir-fried courgettes strips rather than pasta and leave the butternut squash out.
Very hearty, very comforting!

Perfect to expel the winter blues (that said, it makes a fine summer dish too!) ????

Enjoy & Please leave your rating underneath the comments below…

    • Yes, it’s a rich sauce. But you can also use fresh tomatoes or simply use less to tweak it to your taste if you think it might be too strong a tomato flavour/ too acidic.

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