Vegan Spicy Bolognese

What is Bolognese? It’s normally a meat-based sauce (traditionally ground beef, veal or pork) originating from Bologna, Italy.  Here’s my animal-free version perfect for everyone no matter what their diet is!

I made this for my very Italian girlfriend and she had a second helping!

One of the go-to dinner recipes, I throw together quick & easy! Sometimes semi-homemade is ideal when craving a full dinner at home. Foolproof and super simple. My recipe has a little kick to it, almost a cajun flavor. I plated this pasta with a side mix of red onions, asparagus & mushrooms cooked in balsamic. All of the following ingredients used for this recipe were purchased at Trader Joe’s.

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 oz diced yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups dairy-free pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut milk-reduced fat
  • 1 package of pasta (I used whole wheat penne)
  • 1 package soy chorizo
  • red pepper flakes
  • 2 full red/yellow peppers sliced
  • 1/3 cup juice from a japaleno jar (optional)
  • salt/pepper to taste

Have your water to the side to bring to a boil for your pasta while whipping up the Bolognese.

  1. Warm an oiled large saucepan then add diced onions until fragrant.
  2. Follow up tossing in sliced up peppers & let tenderize.
  3. Combine coconut milk & pasta sauce together then pour slowly into the heated pan. I add coconut milk to create the creamy and unique flavor.
  4. Stir together on medium heat for about 5 minutes then add your soy chorizo to the mix.
  5. Add your seasonings (salt/pepper to taste, a few shakes of red pepper flakes)
  6. I like more heat so I add about 1/3 cup of jalapeno juice.
  7. Allow simmering for 10-13 minutes, combine strained pasta with sauce and let sit for additional 5 minutes then serve immediately.

There you have it! A delicious meal with minimal time or work involved. Since I always make this in a huge batch, I have so much for leftovers & I’m constantly passing it to my neighbors. PS It’s even better the next day!

Enjoy this recipe & have fun creating your own version.

-xx

 

 

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