This hearty plant-based bolognese is packed with fresh veggies and gets a meaty texture due to meatless ground crumbles. Serve over pasta or polenta for a satisfying vegetarian dinner.

Juli Hale
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Credit: Blaine Moats

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 cups sauce + 3 cups polenta
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a 4- to 6- qt. Dutch oven heat oil over medium-high. Add mushrooms, onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are brown and liquid is evaporated, stirring occasionally.

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  • Stir in meat substitute and wine; simmer 5 minutes or until wine is evaporated. Stir in half-and-half; simmer 5 minutes or until evaporated. Stir in tomatoes, cheese rind, Italian seasoning, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring in water, 1/2 cup at a time, if sauce becomes too dry.

  • Stir shredded cheese into sauce. Serve sauce over Polenta and top with parsley.

Vegan

Omit half-and-half and shredded Parmesan cheese and rind. Stir 1 recipe Cashew Cream and 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast into sauce in Step 3.Cashew Cream: In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews and enough boiling water to cover. Let stand, covered, 15 minutes; drain. Rinse and drain again. In a small food processor combine cashews, 1/4 cup water, and dash salt. Cover and process 5 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Makes 1/2 cup.Per Serving: 301 calories, 20 g protein, 38 g carbohydrate, 8 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 7 g fiber, 7 g total sugar, 72% Vitamin A, 17% Vitamin C, 1100 mg sodium, 9% calcium, 23% iron

Polenta

In a 3-qt. saucepan bring 2 3/4 cups water to boiling. Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together 1 cup yellow cornmeal, 1 cup cold water, and 1 tsp. salt. Slowly add cornmeal mixture to boiling water, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until mixture returns to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 10 to 15 minutes or until mixture is very thick and tender, stirring frequently and adjusting heat as needed to maintain a slow boil.

Nutrition Facts

325 calories; total fat 10g; saturated fat 4g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 4g; cholesterol 20mg; sodium 1244mg; potassium 611mg; carbohydrates 37g; fiber 7g; sugar 7g; protein 22g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 3817IU; vitamin c 16mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 1mg; niacin equivalents 4mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 41mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 258mg; iron 3mg.
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