I saw recently a TV show about pasta, Inside the Factory. An Italian lady talked about the 350 types of pasta. She also mentioned that there is no such thing as Spaghetti Bolognese in Italy, but Tagliatelle are the correct pasta shapes for the Bolognese sauce. This is what made me want to prepare Vegetarian Tagliatelle Bolognese and share the recipe on my blog. I’m considering to make recipes of pasta that are suitable for different types of shapes. It’s quite an interesting way to think of recipes.
For this recipe I’ve used mild pepper paste, it has the same consistency of tomato paste. I bought it from an International shop and I think it’s Polish. If you don’t find something like it in your local shops, you can replace it with tomato paste. I like the pepper paste as it is, I would spread it on sandwiches instead of butter. So, if you find it, give it a try, you might like it as much as I do.
Vegetarian Tagliatelle Bolognese. Ingredients for 4 servings:
– 320g dried Tagliatelle
– 1 big red onion or two small ones
– 2 garlic cloves
– 300g vegetarian mince
– 2 spoons of mild pepper paste
– 2 spoons of vegetable oil
– 1 tin and a half of plum tomatoes
– 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
– 1 tsp paprika
– cayenne pepper
– 2 tsp dried oregano
– 1 tsp dried basil
– 1 tsp dried parsley
– grated cheddar
Start by peeling, washing and chopping the onion. Heat the oil in a frying pan and toss in the onions. Stir and leave them to cook over medium heat. Add the crushed garlic and stir. When the onions start to cook, add the mince and stir. Leave to cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir from time to time so it doesn’t catch the bottom of the pan.
Crush the plum tomatoes roughly with a fork and pour them over the mince. Stir and leave to cook for a minute or two. Add all the spices and the pepper paste and stir.
Meanwhile, toss in the tagliatelle in a big pan filled with a lot of boiling water. Leave them to boil for 10 minutes or according to the instructions on the packaging. When they are boiled, drain and rinse with cold water. Tip the tagliatelle over the mince and incorporate with care.
The pasta is ready to eat. Serve with grated cheddar.
Do you make Vegetarian Tagliatelle Bolognese?