Pasta with Veggie Bolognese

My 8 year old had THREE helpings of this! And, he HATES mushrooms! 🙂 This recipe turned out to be really good! Yes, you have to chop the dreaded red onion (kills my eyes), but it’s worth it. I sprinkled some Parmesan on top of my pasta, and there is cheese in the tortellini, but you could easily use vegan pasta to make this vegan.

rating: 9

Pasta with Veggie Bolognese
(Food Network Magazine, Dec. 2014)

serves 4
time needed: 40 min.


3/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms (about 1/2 ounce)
Kosher salt
1 20 -ounce package cheese tortellini
3 carrots, roughly chopped
2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 red onion, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
Freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 28 -ounce can peeled San Marzano tomatoes, crushed by hand
1 cup fresh basil, torn


Soak the mushrooms in 1 cup hot water, 5 minutes. Strain through a paper towel-lined sieve, reserving the liquid. Rinse the mushrooms.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook as the label directs. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain.

Meanwhile, pulse the mushrooms, carrots, celery, onion and thyme in a food processor until finely chopped. Heat 4 tablespoons butter in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add the vegetables, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until they start browning, about 4 minutes. Add the wine and the reserved mushroom liquid; bring to a simmer, scraping up the browned bits. Cook until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.

Add the tomatoes to the pot and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Add the basil, the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and the tortellini. Toss to coat, adding the reserved pasta water as needed to loosen.

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