Hearty Veggie “Bolognese”

Hearty Veggie "Bolognese"

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 775kcal


  • 300-400 g bow tie pasta the bowties are key for this. Their shape plays well with the large chunks of veggies and the broad face holds lots of sauce per bite
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 8-10 oz cremini mushrooms cremini is key for this because they have more "meatiness" than other
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 19 oz chickpeas canned, drained, rinsed well
  • 1 cup kalamata olives pitted
  • 1 large red pepper sliced into pieces roughly the size of the bow tie pasta
  • 2 heads broccoli cut into florets roughly the size of the bow tie pasta
  • 5 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 1/4 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 28 oz passata or crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup pasta water
  • basil fresh, for serving
  • parmesan shredded for serving


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot on medium high until shimmering.
  • Pulse the mushrooms in two batches in a food processor 7-10 times or until the pieces are on average 1/4" in size
  • Use a silicone spatula to get all the mushrooms out of the processor bowl into the pot. Season the mushrooms liberally with salt, then cook at medium high for 8 minutes until browned and fragrant.
  • While the mushrooms cook, repeat the processing pulsing process separately with each of the chickpeas, onions, olives.
  • Stir the onions into the pot, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions are soft and fragrant
  • Add the peppers, garlic, Italian seasoning and red peppers flake and cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Add the tomato paste and chickpeas and cook another 2 minutes, stirring constantly until it turns dark red.
  • Stir in the passata and vegetable broth, bring to a boil then reduce to a low simmer, cover and cook on low for 10 minutes
  • Stir the broccoli into the sauce, bring back to a boil, reduce to a low simmer and cover for 10-15 minutes or until the broccoli is fork tender
  • Cook the bow ties in heavily salter water until almost al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1-2 cups of pasta water
  • Stir the drained pasta into the sauce, then adjust the consistency with the pasta water. Slowly stir in the water until the sauce easily coats all pasta, and clings to the pasta on a fork.
  • Cover the pasta and simmer another 1-2 minutes or until pasta is al dente


Calories: 775kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 1713mg | Potassium: 1267mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 18g