Spaghetti and Mushroom Bolognese

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Spaghetti and Mushroom Bolognese

Spaghetti and Mushroom Bolognese is a vegetarian twist on the classic Bolognese sauce, which traditionally uses ground meat. In this recipe, mushrooms are used to create a rich and flavorful sauce that pairs perfectly with spaghetti. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) of spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) of mushrooms, finely chopped (you can use a variety of mushrooms like cremini, button, or shiitake)
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)
  • Fresh basil or parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Spaghetti:
  • Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  1. Prepare the Mushroom Bolognese Sauce:
  • In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sautΓ© for about 2-3 minutes until they become fragrant and translucent.
  1. Add Mushrooms:
  • Add the finely chopped mushrooms to the skillet. Cook them for about 5-7 minutes, or until they release their moisture and start to brown. Stir occasionally.
  1. Add Carrot and Celery:
  • Stir in the grated carrot and chopped celery. Continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are softened.
  1. Season and Add Tomatoes:
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and black pepper to the skillet. Stir everything together.
  1. Simmer:
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let the sauce simmer for about 15-20 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken.
  1. Taste and Adjust:
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed. You can also add a pinch of sugar if you prefer a slightly sweeter sauce.
  1. Serve:
  • To serve, place a portion of cooked spaghetti on each plate and spoon the mushroom Bolognese sauce over the top.
  1. Garnish and Enjoy:
  • Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil or parsley if desired. Serve your Spaghetti and Mushroom Bolognese hot.

This vegetarian version of Bolognese is hearty and full of umami flavor from the mushrooms. It’s a satisfying and comforting dish that’s perfect for a meatless dinner option.