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Meat – Free Bolognese

February 20, 2015

Traditional Bolognese

Gino D’Acampo wrote that a traditional bolognese needs 25 ingredients and 18 hours of cooking time.  Well it was 5pm and I most certainly did not have time to cook a traditional bolognese.  Sometimes we just have to make do with what we have.  Luckily in my freezer I had quorn and frozen peas.  We can’t always stick with tradition, so when you deviate from it you might as well make the deviation worth while.  Here is my yummy meat free bolognese. Enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from Gino D’Acampo’s fantastico! Modern Italian Food (Kyle Books, 2011).



4 tbsps olive oil, 1 onion (finely chopped), 450g quorn mince, 100ml red wine, 600g passata, 2 tbsps sun – dried tomato paste, 30g spinach (washed and chopped), 50g carrots (peeled and sliced).


1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion over a medium heat until soft.
2. Add the quorn mince and fry for about 8 minutes and stir constantly.
3. Add the wine, stir well and continue to cook for another 5 minutes to all the alcohol to evapourate.
4. Pour in the passata, tomato paste and carrots and stir well.
5. Cover half of the pan with a lid and simmer for 25 minutes.
6. Add the spinach and stir then serve after 5 minutes or until the spinach has cooked.


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