From My Kitchen: Vegetarian Bolognese

Everyone loves a good bolognese, but how about our vegetarian friends? I really wanted them to try this yummy pasta dish! So, of course I went on a hunt for a great recipe, and it turns out Giada De Laurentiis from the Food Network has created a delicious one! While you can’t mistake it for ground meat, it still tastes like an amazing bolognese. I hope you give it a try for Meatless Monday!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound of Rigatoni (or pasta of your choice)
  • 1 oz dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 5 oz cremini, bella or shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan (more if you like)
  • 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water

Place the dried mushrooms in a small bowl with 1 1/2 cups of warm water and set aside.

Place onions, carrots, bell pepper and garlic in a food processor, and pulse until all is finely chopped, but still somewhat chunky.

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add vegetables, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper, and cook for 6 minutes.

Strain the porcini mushrooms, reserving the liquid. Place the mushrooms in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

Add the porcini mushrooms to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Add the porcini mushroom liquid and the red wine, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, prepare the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Add mascarpone cheese to the pan and stir to combine. Add Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup of the salted water that you use to cook the pasta. Add the pasta (when it’s done), and mix well with the sauce.

Bon Appétit!

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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