Friday 3 February 2012

How to: cook veggie spaghetti bolognese

When I said I couldn't cook before this year, I really meant it. Which meant even the SIMPLEST things that most people know (like spaghetti) seemed a bit scary to me. It's embarrassing. And had to change.

So here we go! Here's spaghetti bolognese for vegetarians (and people who like vegetarian food. And healthy people. And people who just fancy a change from mince. And anyone else I've not mentioned - honestly, it's nice & is worth a go. Have I covered enough groups? Phew).

  • packet of Quorn mince
  • an onion (diced)
  • a clove (or two) of garlic (diced)
  • mushrooms (chopped)
  • can of chopped tomatoes
  • jar of tomato pasta sauce (the last two are cheating. You can easily make these yourself but we were lazy)
  • spaghetti

Start by frying the onion and garlic in a wee bit of olive oil in a pan. I've only cooked with garlic once before and am impressed - it smells so nice! Then add the mushrooms and let these all fry for a couple of minutes. Once everything has browned a little, add the veggie mince, chopped tomatoes and pasta sauce. Turn it to a lowish heat, and leave to simmer, just stirring occasionally. Mmm.

Now stick the spaghetti on to cook (as per packet instructions). This will take about 15 minutes, during which your bolognese will be gently bubbling and looking lovely.

Dish out onto a plate, add the bolognese and a wee sprinkling of cheese if you fancy. I used too much in cheese-grating excitement.

This massive pot of bolognese was enough for six main meals! Cheap, easy and dead good.


  1. I need to try this, but knowing me it will go horribly wrong. I'm actually the worst cook ever x

    1. Ha, I feel your pain. Trust me, it is really easy! x

  2. I had a near identical meal for dinner, only I had no mushrooms but a courgette! I even convinced the husband and toddler that it was 'real' meat!x

  3. This looks fantastic! x

  4. Ah, amazing! I absolutely love Quorn mince but I'm a rubbish cook. HOWEVER, this looks totally easy, I'll definitely be trying it out xx


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