Spaghetti with Vegetarian Bolognese Pasta Sauce

Spaghetti with Vegetarian Bolognese Pasta Sauce

It can be hard to get your kids to eat their vegetables. This recipe for meatless spaghetti "Bolognese" is loaded with healthy vegetables and has all of the flavor of traditional Bolognese. Your kids won't even notice the difference!

There are many benefits to making and eating a vegetarian Bolognese, including getting yourself some more veggies, too. Don't be led astray. This vegetable packed spaghetti recipe is just as good as the original!

Spaghetti with Vegetarian “Bolognese” Sauce

1 box spaghetti noodles
1 stalk celery
1 small onion
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large carrot
1 clove of garlic, minced
6 ounces domestic mushrooms
½ cup dry white wine (optional)
1 cup tomato purée
2 cups water
1 bay leaf
Salt and black pepper, to taste
½ cup Parmigiana cheese, grated
1 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped

1. Process celery, carrot and onion in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
2. Place veggies in a sauce pot and sauté with olive oil until golden and slightly caramelized, about 15 minutes over medium heat.
3. Add garlic while processing mushrooms in the food processor. Cook for two more minutes and then add mushrooms to the pot. Sauté until all the water is gone and mushrooms are caramelizing, too.
4. Stir in wine, reduce well and then add tomato, water and bay leaf.
5. Season with salt and pepper and reduce over medium heat, about twenty minutes.
6. Discard bay leaf.
7. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook spaghetti pasta according to the package directions.
8. Drain and toss with pasta sauce, and then stir in the cheese.
9. Garnish with parsley before serving.

Recipe and Photo Credit: Chef Lorenzo Boni []

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