Healthy Mushroom Bolognese

Bolognese is a rich, creamy sauce typically made with beef or veal. It contains tomatoes, onions, carrots and celery that are sautéed in olive oil until soft before adding minced garlic and ground sage. Once all the ingredients have been combined together they will simmer for about 20 minutes to create an intense flavor.

The “mushroom bolognese vegan” is a healthy and delicious dish that can be made in less than 30 minutes. The recipe includes red wine, garlic, tomatoes, onions, carrots, celery, thyme, oregano, parsley, olive oil and white wine.

The sort of cuisine that makes you want to snuggle up under a blanket with your hunny and stuff your face while watching Netflix or sitting by a fire [kuhm-fert fuud] (n.)

At least, that’s how I’d describe it.

Comfort food, in my opinion, is all about the eating experience. It’s more than simply a matter of taste. It’s all about the emotions. Emotions. Love. 

One of the first things Alex prepared for me was bolognese. I sometimes ask him to make it, and each time it turns out better than the previous. It fills me full and then some every time I eat it.

Is it strange that it makes me feel calm? As if you eat every single morsel on your plate, sit back, and say to yourself, ahhhh, that was just right. Or, as our buddy Mike puts it, you think I’d be able to eat this for hours.

This mushroom bolognese is based on Alex’s original recipe, which has a rich texture thanks to finely sliced peppers and onions. And by minced, I mean as tiny as possible. The inclusion of mushrooms gives the dish a robust meatiness that will have you questioning if you did, in fact, put meat in it.

For this very rich, umami taste, Alex swears on Parmesan rinds. We frequently find them at Whole Foods, where we just ask for Parmesan crumbs from the cheesemongers. It’s well worth it.

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Instructions for making bolognese sauce

Whether you’re creating a vegetarian bolognese sauce or a meat-filled sauce, the most important thing to remember is that your sauce will benefit from a lot of time on the burner.

Allow the mushrooms, peppers, and onions to thoroughly cook down before making the mushroom bolognese sauce. This will take around 15 minutes, so don’t try to speed things up by increasing the heat. Allow plenty of time for the vegetables to simmer since they form the foundation of this delicious pasta sauce.

In the final minute or two of cooking your veggies, add the fresh herbs. This will “wake up” the herbs, as it were, and make your kitchen smell amazing. Then, to deglaze the pan, pour in some red wine (i.e. loosen up the flavorful bits that have stuck to the bottom of the pot).

After that, all you have to do is add the rest of the ingredients and let them boil for at least 2 hours. It’s right, you read that correctly. To make the greatest mushroom bolognese sauce, you’ll need at least 2 hours. The bolognese sauce will thicken and the veggies will soften even more as it cooks.

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This vegetarian bolognese is delicious served over pasta, but I’m sure it would also be delicious in lasagna or on top of spaghetti squash. (Just saying…) I can also confirm that it tastes excellent by the spoonful.

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Ingredients

  • 2 minced red peppers
  • 1 big minced red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 minced portabello mushrooms (about 10 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh sage, plus extra for garnish (optional)
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, minced
  • 1 quart of red wine
  • 1 pint tomatoes, diced
  • 1 pint tomatoes, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • a half teaspoon of salt (plus more to taste)
  • to taste red pepper flakes (I use about 1 teaspoon)
  • 2–4 parmesan rinds (ask at your cheese counter if you can obtain them!)
  • 1 pound pasta tagliatelle
  • buffalo mozzarella, 4–6 ounces

Instructions

  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil, heated in a large dutch oven over medium heat
  2. Combine the red peppers and red onion in a mixing bowl. Cook until the peppers have softened and the onions have become transparent.
  3. Combine the garlic and mushrooms in a mixing bowl. Allow 5 minutes for the mushrooms to release their juices and thoroughly cook down. Add the oregano, sage, and basil in the final minute of cooking.
  4. Increase the heat to high and add the red wine to deglaze the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes with the wine to reduce the mixture.
  5. Combine the diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, sugar, salt, and red pepper flakes in a large mixing bowl. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Place the parmesan rinds in the saucepan, cover, and let to boil for 2-3 hours (the longer it goes, the more deep the flavor will be).
  6. Cook the tagliatelle until it is al dente, so it can withstand the rich sauce. Finish with a sprig of sage and buffalo mozzarella!

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Tuesday Tacos: Fish Tacos

Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onion, Whole Grain Mustard, and Gruyere

Soup with Golden Turmeric, Carrots, and Ginger

Asian BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Basil Pesto

The “mushroom bolognese bbc good food” is a healthy dish that can be made in less than an hour. It has been featured on the BBC Good Food website, and it’s a great option for vegetarians or vegans.

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