Vegan Bolognese by The Brook Plant Based Kitchen
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Classic Vegan Bolognese
Is there any dish more comforting than a big bowl of Bolognese?? It's often one of the first dishes we learn to cook and a go-to on a busy week, any time of year. Which is why it's so important to know how to make a delicious vegan Bolognese. Because, when that craving comes… you want to be prepared!
Everyone has their own twist on this classic dish but, ultimately, it comes down to the same core elements. So, what makes a great Bolognese?
In this version of our Bolognese we've used a combination of mushroom and cauliflower for the 'mince'. There are lots of different ways you can replace mince in recipes, such as with a vegan mince, lentils or walnuts. We love this combination of meaty mushrooms and cauliflower as it's hearty but also feels fresh and healthy. It's a great way to get some of those 10 a day in!
To make your vegetable mince nice and 'meaty', make sure to saute it on a high heat until it feels like most of the moisture has gone. Doing this before adding the liquid to the dish means it won't all turn to mush.
This is where everyone's individual flare comes out. Do you prefer your Bolognese sauce to be slightly sweet or deep and rich? For us it's all about lots of garlic, some red wine and a splash of balsamic vinegar to take things up a notch.
If you are one for a slightly sweeter sauce, try adding grated carrot, rather than sugar. It works really well to sweeten the sauce in a more healthy way.
Of course you can go for the classic; spaghetti, but with so much choice out there it's nice to play around. Our favourite pasta to serve this dish with is pappardelle. It's so hearty and delicious.
If you're looking for a less carb-heavy dish, why not try stuffing peppers with your bolognese and baking them? Or making some courgetti?
Is any Bolognese complete without Parmesan cheese? In this post we also share our simple vegan parmesan cheese recipe. It's great for sprinkling on top and can be used in lots of other dishes too, so it's worth making in batches.
Adding fresh, raw produce to your plate has huge benefits for your health. We love to serve Bolognese with a simple rocket and tomato salad on the side. And of course, a little glass of red never goes amiss!
This dish really is a winner, all year round. In the winter, it's pure comfort in a bowl and, in the summertime, it's perfect alfresco in the sun.
In the next video we show you how to turn your Bolognese in to a Lasagne, so why not make double and fill up that freezer with both?