Fiber-rich beans stand in for the beef and pork in this surprisingly rich-tasting vegetarian take on pasta Bolognese. Without the meat, the dish has only a third of the fat and 80 percent less saturated fat. To make the perfect meal, serve with a peppery arugula salad and warm, crusty Italian bread. Source: EatingWell Magazine, December 2006

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Put a large pot of water on to boil. Mash 1/2 cup beans in a small bowl with a fork.

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  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery and salt; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and bay leaf; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add wine; increase heat to high and boil until most of the liquid evaporates, 3 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and their juices, 2 tablespoons parsley and the mashed beans. Bring to a lively simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 6 minutes. Add the remaining whole beans; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes more.

  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in the boiling water until just tender, about 9 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.

  • Divide the pasta among 4 bowls. Discard the bay leaf and top the pasta with the sauce; sprinkle with Parmesan and the remaining parsley.

Tips

Shopping tip: A can of salad beans, a mixture of chickpeas, kidney and pinto beans, adds depth and variety to this recipe. Look for it in the natural-foods section of larger supermarkets or natural-foods stores. If you can't find it, substitute a can of your favorite beans.

Nutrition Facts

442 calories; 11.1 g total fat; 9 mg cholesterol; 766 mg sodium. 68.3 g carbohydrates; 17.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (30)

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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
06/26/2015
This was definitely not worth the effort. Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out very bland. Hardly any flavor. I had t doctor it up quite a bit in order for me and my husband to eat it. Won't bother it this again. Pros: Easy to make Cons: Very bland Read More
Rating: 2 stars
11/07/2014
Just ok I can see where this could be quite versatile but as is (if you fallow the directions as I did without changing anything) its rather bland. Texture is good time to fix was quite quick....even with cooking my own dry beans. But the flavor was just bland. it defiantly needs... something. Pros: it was quick and simple to make Cons: quite bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2013
Easy and delicious This is a wonderful dish! I used whole wheat spaghetti because it's what I had and used 1 pound of whole fresh campari tomatoes. I boiled them first for 15 seconds so that I could peel the skin off and then chopped them up and added them to the sauce juices and all. This lets you control the salt but also makes the whole thing taste really fresh and light. I added a about 2 tbsp. of tomato paste to make it a bit more rich and probably used more like a cup of white wine in the sauce. Overall super quick surprisingly delicious healthy and good for vegans if you leave out the cheese. Love! Pros: simple affordable healthy Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2012
Bean Bolgnese I made this this week subbing in cannellini beans I'd cooked myself and homemade vegetable stock for the wine. It's was very good. I've linked it in my What We Ate blog this week so my readers can enjoy it too. Pros: Inexpensive flavourful easy to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/24/2012
Nutritious and delicious! Will make again! No overwhelming flavors here - just the right blend for a great weekday dish for your family! I felt good about making this for my family because its nutrient rich with veggies beans and beans. I paired it with arugula salad and roma tomatoes as well as a sour dough roll. Will definitely make this again! Pros: vegetables beans whole grains - your mom would be proud! Cons: onions make me cry:/ Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2012
Great recipe! Great recipe! My husband doesn't tend to like recipes that have more than a handful of items mixed in but he liked this one! I paired it with arugula and roma tomatoes with great value's light buttermilk ranch and sourdough bread! I appreciate that this is a tasty healthy recipe - will be making this again! Pros: knowing this was nutrient rich I felt good making it for my family and they loved it! Cons: onions make me cry:/ Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2012
Very good! I made this today and it was perfect! Pros: Different and flavorful Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2012
Full of flavor and Satisfying I am trying to incorporate a meatless meal one day a week. Pasta is a go to especially with my kids on the swim team but typical pasta was getting old. This is a great alternative full of protein flavor and dare I say comfort without the guilt! If you like a little heat a few shakes of red pepper flakes would be a great addition. I will make this again for sure!! Pros: colorful flavorful healthful Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Just made it tonight. Great taste and easy. I don't like celery so I used bell pepper. Anonymous Clarkston MI Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Loved this! Will make again! Amy MI Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
YUM! I made with garbanzo beans and used 2 tsp oil instead of 2 tbsp. A very filling alternative to a meat-based meal. Leslie Los Angeles CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
The beans give this dish a very meaty texture. A great veg meal! Anonymous Portland OR Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This is so simple to make yet delicious and impressive to guests. Even my kids (4 7 10) enjoyed it. The ingredients are very accessible and are always in my pantry or fridge. A sure keeper -- and I've already sent it out to several friends. Anonymous Mission KS Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
It came out great an alternative to a meaty meal. The guest were overpowered by the white wine though. And next time I will use the suggestion of adding tomato sauce. Laugh MD Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I just made this and I used fire roasted diced tomatoes - It is a keeper I will make it again and again Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
It was a really delicious meal! As a vegetarian my boyfriend and I are finding it a little difficult to cook meals that we both enjoy. This used a lot of ingredients we already had and it was fairly easy to make. Excited about the leftovers and will definitely make it again! I even blogged about it: http://larisas365.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/bean-bolongese-1-5-10/ Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Surprisingly good! I'm not a huge bean fan but my family is trying to eat healthier so I tried this recipe. It was delicious both my husband a meat & potato guy and my 10 year old loved it! Definitely adding to the rotation. I did add 1/4 - 1/3 c of tomato sauce to the sauce & it was perfect! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
As a pasta-loving vegetarian this is the perfect meal for me. Came out great with white and pink kidney beans. I would like to note though that it's difficult to find canned diced tomatoes without tons of added salt which is gross. I left out the salt called for in the recipe and the dish did not suffer for it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Really good pasta sauce. Good taste and texture. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I love this this dish! It satisfies my meaty-pasta craving like no other healthy meal can. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is one of my favorites! I made it quite often. Even my meat and potatoes husband likes it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Wonderful recipe! I used white beans and regular spaghetti (instead of whole wheat). It filled my husband and me up with out being heavy. Very easy to make and I had everything in my pantry! I'm going to vary this with different beans and such. Black beans and cilantro maybe instead of white beans and parsley for example. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was AMAZING!! and so affordable!! I made a few alterations: I used a dry rose wine (its all I had) I used cannelini beans I used a bit of red pepper flakes I used a whole wheat penne rigate I used no salt added diced tomatoes I added about a half a cup of the pasta cooking water to the sauce Oh and I added some extra parmesan reggiano into the pasta once I mixed it all together and then more on top!:) I highly recommend this recipe!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is delicious! One of the best recipes ever. I was a little skeptical because of the veggies that go in the pasta because I didn't think they would mix well. This was seriously so good my fiancee ate the sauce without the pasta and loved it. I used vegetable fettuccine because I don't like the flavor of wheat. I also didn't include the celery because I don't like it. Followed everything else the same as the recipe. HIGHLY recommended. I plan on making it for my family when they come over. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Love this! I made this again and was able to keep it tasting delicious while cutting calories. I did the recipe exactly the same except I only used 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil (which cuts out 70 calories) and I didn't use any parm cheese or pasta. This is a fabulous dish by itself without the cheese and pasta. I calculated the calories on my own for the whole dish and it came out to 630 calories total. If you split it with someone then you are only eating 315 calories for a delicious and healthy meal. Definitely try this dish it is fabulous! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Good meatless meal. It was easy to fix and both my husband and I liked it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Surprisingly tasty! will definately make again!:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
YUM! I made this for myself and only cooked 1/2 the package of pasta and evenly split the bean mixture over it it turned out to be the perfect portions for one another. This gave me dinner and lunch which for me is economical on my budget. I used a can of diced tomatoes with roasted garlic & onions in place of 1/2 an onion and 4 cloves of garlic. I think that helped cut down on some of the taste you can get with straight onion & garlic and would definitely do that again. I also used separate cans of pinto kidney and garbanzo beans instead of salad beans since I typically have those on hand already in my pantry. Will absolutely keep this in my lineup of dinner selections! Pros: Healthy meatless tasty plenty of beany protein Cons: Adjust your measurements Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Suprising Creamy! Loved the mixture. We do like spices a so I added a couple of dashes of red pepper and it really spiced it up. Won't change a thing other than that. Pros: Tasty Cons: Can only eat so much Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Yum! This took me about an hour to make - mostly because the large pot of water takes so long to boil and because of chopping the carrots celery garlic etc. I used this new "garden" fettuccini which has whole wheat tomato and spinach pasta all in one box which I think gave it a little extra flavor. I also chopped a fresh tomato instead of using the canned version (i'm always weary of how much salt is in canned veggies). It still came out great however I think there would have been more juice in the sauce if I had gone with the can. But once everything is chopped and boiled this is very easy to make! And delicious! I shared with a friend and she agreed! Cons: lots of chopping Read More