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Vegan Bolognese

This recipe for vegan bolognese I started messing around with over a year ago. I’m trying to eat more plant-based foods, because, you know, the planet, etc. It’s a struggle but I try! So here’s a vegan bolognese. 

What you’ll need: 🍝

  • 3 cups grated cauliflower (or cauliflower rice) 
  • 1 cup of grated carrot
  • 1 cup of minced mushrooms
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup minced celery
  • 4 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 1 cup of red wine (or a glass 😉)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 500 gr of crushed tomato sauce (you can use whole tomatoes and crush them yourself)
  • parsley for garnishing
  • 2 teaspoons of salt and pepper to taste

Method: 🥄
In a large pot at medium heat, heat the olive oil and add the onions and garlic. Sautee that for about 5 minutes. Then add the carrots, celery and tomato paste. Sautee for 5 more minutes. This is your sofrito, a sauce is only as good as a sofrito so treat it with love!

Add the mushrooms and bay leaf, give it a stir, add the salt and pepper. Stir. After that, add the wine and stir it a little more. Let that reduce for about 8 minutes. Get the cauliflower in there followed by the tomato sauce, stir well and lower the heat. Let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes. 

Taste to check balance, usually, these tomato-based sauces can be very acidic. The carrot adds plenty of sweetness but sometimes not enough, if it tastes too acidic to you, add a teaspoon of sugar. Try it again, when it tastes delicious it means its done. 

Add this sauce to your favorite pasta! 🍝

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