Macaroni Bolognese

Super simple
Super simple
Super simple
Super simple
0:40 m

We've taken the classic spag bol, one of the most-loved dishes around, and transformed in into a vegan version using macaroni instead of spaghetti (I guess you could call it a mac bowl?)

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For the recipe

<item-todo-done>1 tbsp olive oil<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tbsp sun-dried tomato oil<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>3 tbsp sun-dried tomato pesto<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>10g basil<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>400g plant-based mince<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 rashes of plant-based 'bacon'<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>175ml red wine<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 x 400g can x 400g can(s) of chopped tomatoes<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>100ml pasta water<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>400g macaroni pasta cooked<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 banana shallots<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>5 sun-dried tomatoes<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 bay leaf<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 garlic cloves<item-todo-done>

Before you start

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Prepare the ingredients

  • Peel, trim and finely chop the shallots
  • Finely slice the sun-dried tomatoes
  • Pick the basil leaves and finely chop the stalks
  • Peel and grate the garlic

Make the bolognese sauce

  • Add the oils to a large pan and warm over a medium heat
  • Add the shallot and a pinch of salt to the pan and stir for 4-5 minutes
  • Add the garlic, basil stems and sun dried tomatoes to the pan and stir for 2 minutes
  • Finely slice the bacon pieces
  • Crumble the mince into the pan and stir for 2 minutes
  • Add the bacon and stir for 2 minutes
  • Add the red wine to the pan, stir to combine and simmer for 4-5 minutes
  • Add the tomato pesto, tinned tomatoes and the bay leaf to the pan, stir to combine, reduce the heat and leave to simmer for approximately 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the sauce from catching
  • Taste the sauce and season with salt, pepper and sugar

Prepare the macaroni

  • Boil a large pot of salted water over high heat
  • Add the macaroni pasta and cook to perfection (approximately 8-9 minutes - check the packet instructions)
  • Save a ladleful of pasta water and set to one side

Finish and serve

  • Drain the pasta in a colander, tip into the bolognese sauce, and fold to coat and cover
  • Add a little pasta water to loosen if needs be
  • Spoon into serving bowls, sprinkle over black pepper, nooch and basil leaves and serve immediately
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