A Tale of two Pasta Sauces

Once upon a time there was a girl who really liked pasta…
Maybe that’s an understatement: she absolutely adored pasta!

She enjoyed her mum’s mac and cheese with pieces of ham in it, spaghetti carbonara with lots of bacon and her grandma’s famous spaghetti bolognese (with an overload of minced beef of course).
But one day she became a vegetarian and felt like she couldn’t enjoy the delights of pasta anymore…

Until she decided to come up with her own, vegetarian pasta sauce recipes!

Pasta sauce with lots of colour and goodies

This girl sometimes loved to take her time and spent an entire afternoon cooking but being busy with school and sports on other times, she was also in need of a quick and easy sauce recipe.

Inspired by her grandma’s bolognese sauce she came up with two modified version: one in slow cooking style but still very easy, and one that came in handy when she was pressed for time.

‘Slow Bolognese Sauce’

In fact you don’t have to spent a lot of time actually ‘cooking’ with this recipe, it just needs enough time to simmer to get it to taste perfect 🙂

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • a cup of mushrooms, sliced
  • half a zucchini, diced
  • half a yellow pepper, diced
  • a can of tomatoes
  • a few tablespoon concentrated tomato purée
  • any spice you like! I used pepper, dried garlic, oregano and an Italian herb mix
  • olive oil
In a casserole fry the onion in the olive oil until it has a bit of colour, add the carrots and yellow pepper and let it simmer a bit until the carrot is soft.
Add the mushrooms and zucchini, let it simmer a bit more before you add the can of tomatoes. Add some water if the sauce is too thick or some tomato purée if it’s not thick enough, add spices.
Put the fire on low and let it simmer for a couple of hours.

‘Quick Semi – Bolognese Sauce’

  • one tomato
  • half a zucchini
  • half a can of chickpeas
  • optional: some peppers, some mushrooms…
  • 2 tablespoons of pesto
  • vegetable broth
  • olive oil
In a casserole fry the veggies in olive oil until tender , add pesto and stir. Add some vegetable broth until sauce reaches the desired consistency, et voila!
Which one do you prefer: slow and relaxing or quick and easy?
Love, M.


One response to “A Tale of two Pasta Sauces

  1. I’m all about quick and easy!

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