Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce: Pasta "Meat" Sauce

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Serves 6:
ΒΌ cup olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves grated
8-ounces mushrooms, finely chopped
1-ounce Porcini mushrooms
28 ounces canned tomatoes, pureed
1 tablespoon tomato paste
15 ounces cooked chick peas (garbanzo beans) or lentils
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
ΒΌ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Fresh basil for garnish
Grated/shredded cheese, optional

Place the porcini mushrooms in a bowl and pour 1 cup of hot water over them. Set aside 20-30 minutes or until softened. Coarsely chop and reserve water.
Cook the onion with olive oil over medium heat until soft and golden. About 7-8 minutes.
Add the garlic and warm through 30-40 seconds.
Add the bell peppers, both mushrooms to the pot and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook 8 minutes or until soft.
Add the pureed tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, chick peas, and reserved porcini water.
Cook 30-35 minutes over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens.
Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
Serve over pasta, zoodles, or with some toasted bread.
Garnish with fresh basil and shredded cheese. Enjoy!

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Queen Brooksie says:

Shiitake mushrooms are a good substitute for Porcini mushrooms if you can't get Porcini. And they are usually cheaper too.

James R Hayden says:

Looks delicious. Thanks. I always love your recipes.

Maria Dian Therese says:

Brilliant – thank you, Dimitra. I can't wait to try this w/ eggplant – such a great suggestion to add. Keep cooking!!!

Tanya Vav says:

TY Dimitroula mou for this great Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce! This would be great as recipe repertoire for what I cook. I'll try this.

blutey says:

Looks nice and healthy. Thanks Dimitra.

Susan B says:

This looks delicious! I make meatless bolognese using lentils which i love but now i will try adding the mushrooms too. Thanks Dimitra! πŸ’•

Laura Brooks says:

Quick, clear, easy demo, wonderful. thanks!

Louis Martin says:

Wow and mium

Natalia Lopes says:

I love meatless meals. As I get older I really watch my cholesterol and fat intake so this is great thank you

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Pamela Kilgore says:

Wow….looks good ms dimitra. I love spaghetti but need to get healthy. Pamela in Detroit

Helen Nelson says:

I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. Efharisto Dimitra.

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