Let's face it. Italian food isn't exactly known for being vegetarian-friendly. That reputation changes with this recipe for a completely meatless yet hearty sauce, also known as bolognese. This sauce is typically filled with ground beef or other protein, cooked at a low heat slowly for hours, and ladled on top of al dente spaghetti. The recipe below substitutes ground baby portobello and shiitake mushrooms to provide a beef-like texture, while a plethora of other veggies are added to make a bolognese like you've never tasted. The longer you let the ingredients marinate together, the more flavorful the sauce will be.
Even the most die-hard bolognese fans will drop to their knees when they take their first bite of this meatless wonder. Feel free to add any other vegetables you like to the sauce. You can keep it vegan by not garnishing it with parmesan cheese. It's the right recipe to make for finicky kids or spouses who need to get more veggies in their diet. With just one pot for preparation and cooking, cleanup is a breeze.