Rich Mushroom Bolognese

Rich Mushroom Bolognese

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 400 g mushrooms finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2-3 tbsp. vegan butter or vegetable oil
  • 2 ribs of celery finely chopped
  • 3 carrots peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 big white onion finely cubed
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic minced
  • 200 ml dry red wine
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 500 ml strained / sieved tomatoes
  • 250 ml-300ml water
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley finely chopped + more for garnishing
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Add the finely chopped mushrooms in a big bowl. Add soy sauce, paprika and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside

  2. In a big pot, heat the vegan butter over medium-high heat. Add the carrots
  3. Cook them for about 2 minutes, then add the onion and the celery
  4. Cook everything for another 2 minutes, before adding the minced garlic and the mushrooms from the bowl

  5. Let everything cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir occasionally
  6. Then, add the dry red wine. Scrap any roasted parts from the bottom of the pot. Stir well and allow the wine to reduce for the next 2-3 minutes
  7. Once there’s only a third of the wine left in the pot, add in the tomato paste, dried rosemary, dried oregano, dried basil, dried thyme, a generous pinch of salt, the sieved tomatoes and the water

  8. Give everything a good stir, cover half of the pot with a lid and let the sauce simmer for about 30 minutes on low heat. Stir occasionally
  9. Add a handful of finely chopped parsley to the sauce and season with more salt and pepper if needed
  10. Cover the pot (fully) with a lid and let everything simmer for another 10 minutes
  11. Serve with 500g of your favorite pasta, more parsley and (optionally) a drizzle of olive oil
  12. Enjoy!

Notes

Tip: Chopping the vegetables in a food processor will save you a lot of nerves and time 🙂

Sauce makes 4 big portions – Enough for 500g of your favorite pasta

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