Veggie Bolognese

veggie bolognese
  • 100g chestnut mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 100g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 100ml red wine
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 100ml vegetable stock
  • 2 thyme sprigs, chopped
  • 10g basil, stalks and leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1tsp tomato puree

This veggie bolognese is perfect for an Autumn evening, serve with spaghetti or penne, grated parmesan, and crusty garlic ciabatta – Bellissima!

  • In a large saucepan, heat the oil and saute the onion, garlic, carrot and celery for about 5 minutes until soft. Now add the mushrooms, pepper, thyme, basil stalks and bay leaves. Continue cooking for a further 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the red wine, stock and tinned tomatoes. Season with salt and milled pepper to taste and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • When ready add chopped fresh basil and serve with freshly cooked spaghetti and a grating of parmesan cheese.