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The Ultimate Veggie Bolognese Sauce For Spaghetti

Do you love pasta but are looking for a healthier option? This Jamie Olivers veggie bolognese sauce is perfect for you! It’s made with a variety of veggies and spices, and it’s so delicious that you won’t even miss the meat. Serve it with spaghetti for a hearty and satisfying meal. Don’t forget to top it with grated cheese for an extra boost of flavour. Enjoy!

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Jamie Olivers Veggie Bolognese Sauce recipe

I was flipping through a Jamie Oliver recipes the other day when I came across his recipe for vegetarian bolognese sauce. I was intrigued, as I usually think of bolognese as being a very meat-heavy dish. However, this recipe looked quite simple, and I already had all the ingredients in my cupboard. I decided to give it a try. The end result was absolutely delicious! The sauce was rich and flavourful, and the veggies added a nice texture. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks, Jamie!

How to get a meaty texture for veggie bolognese

For vegetarian bolognese lovers, the quest for the perfect meaty texture can be a bit of a challenge. But with a little creativity and the right ingredients, it is definitely possible to create a delicious vegetarian version of this classic dish.

Option 1

For many people, vegetarian bolognese just doesn’t taste the same as the real thing. But one way to achieve a meaty texture is to use lentils. Lentils are a type of legume that are often used in vegetarian and vegan dishes because of their ability to mimic the texture of meat. When cooked, they become tender and slightly chewy, making them the perfect addition to any vegetarian bolognese. So if you’re looking for a vegetarian bolognese recipe that actually tastes like the real thing, be sure to give lentils a try. You just might be surprised at how good they are. I used a tin of green lentils, they are cheap, and there is no need to pre-cook them!

Option 2

A second way to achieve a meaty texture is to use mushrooms. Chunky Portobello or oyster mushrooms work well and add a nice depth of flavour. Mushrooms have a dense, meaty texture that makes them ideal for absorbing all the rich flavours of tomato sauce. To further enhance the taste and texture of your vegetarian bolognese, be sure to use fresh mushrooms and cook them until they are nice and brown. By following these simple tips, you can create a vegetarian bolognese that is every bit as satisfying as the traditional dish.

Option 3

Another option is to use Quorn mince! Quorn mince is a perfect replacement for traditional ground beef, providing the same rich flavour without the saturated fat. In addition, Quorn mince is high in protein and low in calories, making it an excellent choice for those looking to improve their health. Best of all, Quorn mince is easy to cook with and can be used in any recipe that calls for ground beef.

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Ingredients

  • 400 g Tinned tomatoes or tomato base sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 Stock cube (optional but gives extra flavour)
  • 400 g Tinned Green Lentils
  • 2 Onions (Chopped)
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Mixed Herbs
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper (to season)
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder (optional)

Optional Extras

You can add lots of vegetables to this recipes to bulk it up such as:

  • Courgettes
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Aubergines
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How to make vegetarian bolognese sauce that’s super tasty

  • STEP 1: Put the tinned tomatoes in a food processor and whiz up until smooth. This is optional but if you want a smooth sauce then do this. Keep aside.
  • STEP 2: Heat the oil in the pan and fry the onions until soft. Add the chopped garlic and fry for 1 minute. Add the chilli powder (if using), black pepper then add the tomato puree and mix together. Finally add the lentils, tinned tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, stock cube and mixed herbs.
  • STEP 3: Mix together and add about 100ml of boiled water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes or until it’s reduced down slightly and you are left with a nice rich tomato sauce. Serve on a bed of spaghetti.
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The Ultimate Veggie Bolognese Sauce For Spaghetti

Rachel
A rich flavoured veggie sauce that's perfect with pasta.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 6
Calories 164 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 400 g Tinned tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 Stock cube (optional but gives extra flavour)
  • 400 g Tinned Green Lentils
  • 2 Onions (Chopped)
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Mixed Herbs
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper (to season)
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Put the tinned tomatoes in a food processor and whiz up until smooth. Keep aside.
  • Heat the oil in the pan and fry the onions until soft. Add the chopped garlic and fry for 1 minute. Add the chilli powder (if using), black pepper then add the tomato puree and mix together. Finally add the lentils, tinned tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, stock cube and mixed herbs.
  • Mix together and add about 100ml of boiled water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes or until it's reduced down slightly and you are left with a nice rich tomato sauce. Serve on a bed of spaghetti.
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Nutrition

Calories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 8gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0.1mgSodium: 294mgPotassium: 559mgFiber: 7gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 334IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 4mg
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