I don’t really know much about Quorn, I know it’s some sort of protein from a fungus which sounds a bit rank actually, but I’d have given my right arm for it when I was a kid. My massive ugly veggie burger, disintegrating and staring at me on the BBQ next to all the other uniform beef burgers. “Errrr, what’s that? It looks like a poo” my friends would squeal, “yeah, it tastes like one too” I would think to myself, before running off to eat my embarrassing burger without anyone else noticing it’s freakish appearance. I like to think that Quorn was invented for tortured vegetarian kids like myself.
So Quorn, hmm. Not really sure how I feel about it if I’m honest, but it works really well in this dish, mainly because I adapted it from a meat recipe. When I was a child, I used to get furious bolognese envy. I’d look over at my best friend Philippa, shovelling forkfuls of cascading spaghetti into her mouth, flecked with delicious, oily meat and cheddar cheese. I would then woefully look down at my plate – a lone soggy stuffed pepper staring up at me and I would wish I was dead… Okay so that’s perhaps a little dramatic, but I wanted to create a decent alternative to bolognese that would make little Corrie very happy. I now cook it all the time and everyone loves it, it’s cheap, easy if a little time consuming – I tend to make it on a lazy Sunday. Enjoy
Spaghetti Quorn bolognese
Serves 4 / Hands on time 30 mins / Cooking time 1-2 hrs / V ❄
You’ll need: A hand blender/food processor, oven-proof cooking pot with a lid.
1 tsp olive oil
1 white onion, peeled and roughly chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
2 celery sticks, roughly chopped
350g Quorn mince
150ml semi-skimmed milk
150ml vegetarian white wine
1 can plum tomatoes
¼ tsp nutmeg
Large handful of black olives in brine, drained
300g wholewheat spaghetti
100g vegetarian Italian hard cheese or Parmesan*
Handful of fresh basil leaves
Extra virgin olive oil
1. Preheat an oven to 160°C/140°C fan/325°F/gas mark 3. In a large oven-proof pot, on a medium heat, sweat the onion, carrot and celery in the oil, adding a dash of water if needed to help them steam. Cook for 5-8 mins.
2. Once soft, take off the heat and roughly blend the vegetables with a hand blender or food processor. Return to the heat and add the mince and the milk. Cook for a 3 mins or until the milk has absorbed, and add the tinned tomatoes. Break the plum tomatoes up with a spoon and add the white wine, olives, nutmeg and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper.
3. Put the lid on a jar and slow cook in the oven for up to 2 hrs, stirring halfway through.
4. Remove from the oven and serve stirred through spaghetti and topped with torn fresh basil and a sprinkling of cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
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V – Vegetarian
❄ This bolognese is suitable for home freezing once cooled. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
* Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiani) is always made using animal rennet, therefore it is not vegetarian. Substitute for Italian hard cheese if applicable.