Instant Pot Vegan Bolognese

Instant Pot Vegan Bolognese

  • Author: Instant Pot Eats
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian


This hearty and delicious Instant Pot vegan bolognese recipe is made with lentils and mushrooms in a rich sauce. Perfect for a plant-based dinner, it can be served over pasta, rice, quinoa, polenta ot veggie noodles. Can be gluten-free with one small adjustment.


1 cup red lentils, soaked for 15-20 minutes
200 g / 7 oz. button mushrooms, diced into mince
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
1 large carrot finely diced
1 large celery rib, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 black or green olives, diced roughly
2 dates, roughly diced
3 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
1 teaspoon brown or white miso (optional)
1 vegetable stock cube
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional, makes it a bit more tomato-y)
2 cups tomato passata or crushed tinned tomatoes
1/3 cup water


  • Pre-soak the lentils for 15-20 minutes and rinse and set aside.
  • Dice the mushrooms very finely, ideally using a food processor. Set aside.
  • Turn the Instant Pot on and press the Sauté button. Add the olive oil, onions, carrot, celery and salt and cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Press Cancel to stop the sauteeing.
  • Pop and lock the lid and press Manual/Pressure Cook button, HIGH pressure, adjust to 12 minutes. Cook your preferred side (pasta, rice, polenta) in the meantime.
  • Once the timer finishes, follow with natural pressure release.
  • Open the lid and stir through before serving over pasta, rice, polenta or quinoa.


You can serve this sauce over pasta or any other side with a few chili flakes and parsley on top. We like to sprinle some nutritional yeast flakes or you can also grated some vegan-friendly cheese.

Keywords: Vegan, Gluten-Free