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!!
From EatingWell: December 2006
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.
28 Reviews for Bean Bolognese
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!
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.
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!