Sunsets & Bubbles – 17/08/16
The best Bolognese Sauce I have ever tried in my life, does not include mince meat in its recipe. Yes, I would have never imagined a bolognese with no meat would taste as delicious as a traditional Italian tomato sauce that accompanies a lot of pasta dishes.
I tried Walnut Bolognese for the first time in Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center, while staying there during my Yoga Teacher Training. One of the many amazing things about Suryalila is definitely its utterly tasteful vegetarian kitchen!
I don’t follow a fully vegetarian diet myself, as I occasionally eat certain meat, fish and dairy products, however I very rarely cook meat or fish at home now. When I started to move away from cooking meat & fish, I needed to get more creative with vegetarian recipes. I am a huge pasta fan so I had to try and make that extra special vegetarian bolognese sauce! The results didn’t let me down, I modified the original recipe slightly as I didn’t have walnuts at home that day, so I used almonds instead. Either way the sauce was out of this world!
V E G E T A R I A N B O L O G N E S E S A U C E R E C I P E:
I n g r e d i e n t s:
– 1 cup of chopped onions
– 2 cups of sliced carrots
– 3 cups of natural chopped mushrooms
– 2 cups of chopped courgettes
– 2 cups of crushed walnuts or almonds (use grinder)
– Half cup of red wine
– 3 cups of chopped mature red tomatoes (Ideally fresh, but can also use can tomatoes)
– Salt, pepper & olive oil
– Parmesan cheese
* All the vegetables can be chopped or alternatively mixed in a grinder.
P r e p a r a t i o n:
Put the oil in a big frying pan, on medium to low heat.
Add the mixture of chopped onions, carrots, mushrooms & courgettes and saute for a few minutes, until the vegetables start to soften and look golden, ensure all the water has cooked out.
Add the crushed walnuts (or almonds) and mix, stirring slowly.
Add the salt, pepper and wine.
Let it cook on a low heat for at least 20 minutes.
Finally add the chopped tomatoes and let it cook for another 10 to 15 minutes, on a medium – low heat.
Serve with brown penne or spaghetti and add grated parmesan cheese all over. You can add some fresh basil to jazz up the dish : )
In Suryalila actually they normally serve it with delicious courgetti, yum!
Images Source: Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center