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Tomato-free bolognese sauce

June 1, 2012

Like bolognese but can’t eat tomatoes? Try this sauce. I made it when I ran out of tomatoes and was quite pleased with the results. The red wine, lemon juice and tamari sauce combine with the stock giving it a rich flavour with a mild citrus bite and the gently-cooked onion and garlic lend it a subtle sweetness. Combined with veg and some kind of mince, you won’t miss the lack of tomato.

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
about 75ml red wine
about 300ml stock
1 tbsp tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp rice flour (or alternative to thicken)
1/2 red pepper
about 200g of mixed veg such as peas/sweetcorn/spinach/etc
handful of Quorn or pre-soaked soya mince
sprinkle of onion seeds (not essential but nice a very addition)
salt and pepper to taste
handful chopped basil

Gently fry the onion and garlic until soft. Add the wine and simmer for a minute or two. Add the onion seeds (if using), stock, tamari sauce, lemon juice and rice flour. Bring back to a boil, stirring frequently. The sauce should have thickened a little. Add the red pepper, veg and mince and bring back to boil again. Reduce heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes. The sauce should be fairly thick and the veg nicely cooked at this point. If not, increase the cooking time. Finally, stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper.

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