This scrumptuous sauce is a vegan take on the classic bolognese recipe
. I dare you to try it and not fall in love with its hearty, smokey flavor! The addition of smoked tempeh replaces the texture of hamburger and the flavor of the pancetta or bacon, while roasted eggplant adds a deep richness.
Bolognese sauce is traditionally a meat- and pork- based sauce. I had a desire to lighten up this dish by making it all vegetarian. In fact, it's easy enough to make vegan - thereby creating delicious, stick-to-your-ribs sauce that is actually good for you
Let's compare amounts per serving*:
Traditional Bolognese: 472 calories 19.7 grams of fat
Vegan Bolognese: 158 calories 7.8 grams of fat
Only two tablespoons of oil are added to a medley of fresh herbs, vegetables, and tempeh (opt). Allowing this ragu to simmer for two hours creates deeply complex and robust flavor.For a gluten-free option, omit the tempeh and use wheat free pasta!
* according to recipe calculator