Wholesome bolognese recipe

Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Difficulty: Medium

Hey guys, its that time of year again…

Colds are rife and we all want that family favourite dish that everyone enjoys around the table to keep us warm and satisfied. Here at the London Veganist platform we have created the perfect, warming and satisfying Bolognese to enjoy with the whole family created with a twist to ensure your little ones are getting a variety of plant based protein sources in one meal. Keep scrolling to find out how you can make this dish a winner in your home.

Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti (wholewheat if you want a healthier version)
  • 1 chopped white or red onion
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves – chopped
  • 1 inch grated ginger
  • salt and pepper
  • Meat free beef oxo cubes
  • meat free and milk free plant based mince
  • 1 can of mixed legumes (mixed beans)
  • Frozen chopped peppers
  • fresh cherry tomatoes

Method:

  • Finely dice your onions and garlic and add them to a hot pan with a drizzle of oil, a sprinkle of mixed herbs and your grated ginger. Fry for 1-2 mins until softened but not brown.
  • Now drain and rinse your can of legumes and add them to the frying pan and give a stir for another 1-2 mins.
  • You may start to notice the base of the sauce becoming quite thick, Now is the time to add a little bit of water to loosen everything up.
  • Now add your plant based mince and stir through for another 3 or so minutes until softened.
  • Next you can add your can of chopped tomatoes to the mix to bring all your ingredients together.
  • Leave to simmer on a medium – low heat for 3-4 mins but ensure to regularly stir the sauce through so it does not stick.
  • Time to season your bolognese with salt and pepper. It’s also advised that for extra flavour you add a (meat free) beef oxo cube and some chilli flakes to give the sauce the depth of flavour it requires.
  • Lastly you can add in your fresh cherry tomatoes and allow the whole dish to simmer until the tomatoes have slowly blistered and are soft. (Time to take it off the heat and put to one side).
  • Cook your spaghetti per packet instructions usually in boiling water with a pinch of salt and oil to loosen it up.

Serving suggestions:

  • Plate up your spaghetti first and top with the sauce. You can add a sprinkling of chilli flakes to the top if you like things a bit hotter or alternatively you could use a vegan Parmesan to sprinkle over the top.