July 31, 2014
Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of salads and cold food, which is what many vegan dishes tend to be. I prefer hearty meals that are flavoursome and filling. This bolognese is exactly that, even though it’s vegan. It’s so rich and has so much flavour. It even has a similar consistency to a regular bolognese thanks to the textured vegetable protein (TVP) which mimics minced meat. The key though when preparing the TVP in my recipe is to soak it in the broth for a very short time. Only a few seconds or so to soften the TVP and then straining as much of the liquid as you can before frying it. (I just press it with my fingers into a strainer.) Oversoaking will cause the TVP to become too soft and if the liquid is not strained, then it won’t get fried properly. To make this vegan bolognese super tasty, it’s also important to use a tomato that’s ripe (best if it’s vine-ripened). Using dry herbs and frying them first brings out the flavour of the herbs and is also going to give the sauce more flavour. These are the keys to my recipe.
I love to serve this bolognese on some zucchini spaghetti, which some people also like to call zucchini noodles, courgette noodles or zoodles, for a super healthy gluten-free alternative to regular spaghetti. (Check out my video below to see how to make it!) But if I’m feeling lazy, then some regular gluten-free pasta (such as brown rice spaghetti) is also a great option. Some people also like to soak their zucchini spaghetti in some salt to release the liquid before they cook it and some like to eat it raw, which you could as well if you prefer. I like to sauté mine with some minced garlic and then garnish everything with some fresh herbs (parsley and basil are good choices) and some good vegan parmesan, which really makes this dish taste authentic. You could of course leave that out but if you want this vegan bolognese to taste as authentic as possible, then I suggest adding some vegan parmesan.
Anyway, this was a super long blog post! I hope those tips are helpful to you if you decide to give my vegan spaghetti bolognese a try! And if you do, I’d love to hear how it turns out for you!
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