Poor Veggie Dad. He loves spaghetti bolognese and I absolutely loathe it.
Sometimes I make it and play around with the ingredients to make it more Stacey-friendly, and I always add capers and olives to mine, which terrifies Veggie Dad no end.
We both are at the point now where we wig out somewhat if there's no veggies in our dinner. I couldn't abide the thought of just fake meat in sauce on pasta, so if we're making it, we always make sure there's veg and often fresh tomato in it. I don't like massive chunks so I cut them quite small and we're all happy.
Well, I'm happy on the outside. On the inside, the me I'm trying to ignore is screaming "BUT ITS SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE! GROSS!"
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 packet veggie mince (I used Quorn) or 2 cans green lentils
assorted chopped veggies - I do miniscule dice, or even grate. Carrot, zucchini and mushroom usually.
1 jar tomato pasta sauce
I can tomatoes
pinch of sugar
a splash of red wine
a splash of balsamic vinegar
whatever herbs you have on hand... dried is fine.
salt and pepper
cooked spaghetti, to serve
1. Saute the onion and garlic over medium heat with the assorted vegetables.
2. When tender, add the veggie mince or lentils and break up with a spoon.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until you're ready to serve.
4. Remove the bay leaf or someone will complain!
5. Serve with spaghetti, lots of cheese, and if you're like me, olives and capers.
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