Spaghetti - vegethoughts

Aubergine & Courgette Spaghetti ‘Bolognese’

I was really craving a rich and delicious pasta dish this week, so I made this last night and it was perfect. It’s actually vegan and gluten-free, as I opted for GF spaghetti. I’m also not at all a fan of jarred supermarket sauces, so I’ve made the sauce from scratch here. Try it out next time you’re craving something delicious and let me know what you think!

What you’ll need:

– 1 aubergine
– 1 courgette
– 400g ripe tomatoes (I use plum tomatoes)
– 2 tablespoons concentrated tomato puree
– 250g quorn mince
– 1 red onion
– 2 cloves garlic
– 100g spaghetti (I went for gluten free)
– 20g fresh basil leaves
– chilli oil
– Italian dried herbs
– 1 small red chilli
– olive oil

What to do: 

  1. Start by prepping your veg. Slice your tomatoes, onions, garlic, aubergine and courgette into small pieces (the smaller the better).
  2.  Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan on a medium heat. Add the chopped garlic, onion and tomato.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of boiled water to the pan too, and ensure you keep stirring so nothing sticks together.
  4. After 5 minutes, add in the finely chopped aubergine and courgette pieces.
  5. After another 5 minutes, add in the quorn mince, along with 20g of fresh basil leaves and 2 tablespoons of tomato puree.
  6. Allow to simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Keep adding small amounts of boiled water to the sauce whenever you see it starting to dry up.
  7. Boil a large pan of water at this stage and cook your spaghetti as per packet instructions (usually 12 minutes or so).
  8. When the spaghetti is cooked, drain and coat in a small amount of chilli oil (1 tablespoon).
  9. To finish off the sauce, add a finely sliced chilli (optional), along with some dried Italian herbs and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  10. Serve up by placing a handful of spaghetti in a bowl and topping with the delicious bolognese sauce.

Spaghetti - vegethoughts

This will easily serve 2-3 very hungry people, but whenever I make it it always stretches to 4 servings. I hope you enjoy this one – it’s great for when you’ve got a craving for really hearty and delicious food, and as always, tastes amazing warmed up the next day.


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