Vegetarian Bolognese

    45 min

    I am so excited to share this recipe with you. I've tried making vegetarian Bolognese many times but never really succeeded. I struggled on and now this recipe is one of my family's favourite meals. It will be good the first day but even better the second day. So make a big batch and enjoy this Bolognese over a couple of days.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 150g finely chopped mushrooms
    • 100g finely chopped leek
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon crushed chillies
    • coarsely ground black pepper to taste
    • 750g tomato passata, or to taste
    • 175g creme fraiche
    • 2 carrots, grated
    • 100g red lentils
    • 3 tablespoons concentrated vegetable stock, or to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon sambal oelek (chilli paste)

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms, leek, salt, crushed chillies and pepper; cook and stir until mushrooms are soft, 5 to 10 minutes.
    2. Stir tomato passata, creme fraiche, carrots, red lentils, vegetable stock and sambal oelek into the saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until flavours combine, about 20 minutes.


    Add a little water in step 2 if sauce starts to stick to pan.

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    Unfortunately, no one in my house liked this. I thought it was very tasty up until the créme fraiche was added. It overpowered the flavor of everything. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.  -  27 Oct 2017  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I added a finely chopped onion, sautéed at the beginning before the other veggies went in, also used the whole package (8 ounces) of cream fraiche, and used four cans of fire roasted tomatoes, 2 tbsp italian seasonings, 1 tablespoon oregano and 1/2 tablespoon of thyme. I put in 1.5 cups of vegetable broth, and simmered for almost four hours....  -  04 Sep 2017  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)