Vegan bolognaise sauce

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 - 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup carrot finely diced
  • 1/2 cup zucchini chopped
  • 4 button mushrooms chopped
  • 2 Tbs finely chopped dried shitake mushrooms
  • 1/8 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 tomato paste
  • 1 can brown lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can whole tinned tomatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • handful fresh basil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • olive

Saute onions, garlic, celery and carrot in olive oil on low heat until onion is translucent. Add zucchini, fresh mushrooms and dried mushrooms and sautée for a few more minutes.  

Pour in wine and increase heat, stirring until wine has started to evaporate.

Add sun-dried tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir until combined.  Add lentils followed by tinned tomatoes and 1 cup of stock.  Stir over medium heat.  Add basil.

Season with salt, pepper, sugar and bay leaf.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 20 mins or so until carrot has softened, stirring and adding stock as necessary.  

Once done, transfer to a blender (or allow to cool and use a stick blender) and blend up until a thick, chunky consistency is achieved.

Serve with pasta, on zucchini noodles, as a lasagne sauce, or on pizza bases.  I also use leftovers on my store bought vegan schnitzels like a parmigiana sauce.