This is the most delicious ragú… but I must tell you: contrary to the original Italian ragú, this one is made with veggies. For that reason, I call it fake Bolognese sauce and it’s delicious to serve it with a good bowl of pasta.
Bolognese sauce, the classic Italian beef sauce for pasta, is simply delicious.
Here in this blog you will find my recipe for my Bolognese sauce with shitake mushrooms, my Bolognese with portobello mushrooms and tomato paste, my succulent Bolognese with beef and pork, and my beef bolognese are tomato sauce. Each is more divine than the other.
What is a fake Bolognese
But in addition to all those meat sauces, I also make this sauce that I call fake Bolognese or fake ragú. I’m going to explain why. My fake Bolognese sauce is made with vegetables. I put, yes, beef concentrate because I like the taste, but if you are vegetarian or vegan, you can skip this ingredient and in exchange add salt to taste.
This recipe is perfect to beat finicky kids to eat when, as if it were a sentence of the Supreme Court of Justice, they tell you, with that certainty: “I don’t like vegetables.” And how is it to win the battle against those little rascals? Well, you serve them a bowl of pasta with a lot of… vegetables!
Onions, garlic, red bell pepper, carrots, and tomatoes, combined, make this the best pasta sauce you can imagine: colorful, with a rich texture, and most of all super tasty!
Veggie Ragú: A Family Recipe
I adapted the recipe from one that my mom taught me to make. Andrés Ignacio and Tomás Eugenio, who are now two young men, 19 and 17 years old and both much taller than me, have loved it since they learned to eat it when they were at the age of “I don’t eat vegetables.”
I think this is my mom’s only recipe made with beef bouillon. I make it with a beef concentrate that I love (Better than Bouillon) and it adds a delicious layer of flavor to the sauce. What gives this sauce its characteristic texture is the coarsely ground carrot. When you eat it, you find the pieces and it is as if it were a meat sauce.
Fake Bolognese Sauce Recipe
To make this recipe you’ll need a couple of kitchen utensils and and ingredients that you can easily buy online through my Amazon Affiliate Program, including
- Wooden cutting board
- Food processor
- Deep pan with lid
- Wooden spoon
- Pasta bowls
- Coarse sea salt
- Olive oil
Rigatoni with Veggie “Ragú” (fake Bolognese Sauce)
- 1 package rigatoni cooked al dente
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup onion ground in a food processor
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup red bell pepper de-veined or seeded, ground in a food processor
- 1 3/4 cups carrots ground in a food processor
- 4 cups tomatoes roughly blended
- 2 tablespoons beef bouillon I used Better Than Bouillon
- Parmesan cheese grated, I used Parmigiano Reggiano
- In a deep pan, over medium heat, heat the oil and sauté the onion and garlic until wilted, about 5 minutes.
- Add red bell pepper and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 5 more minutes.
- Add carrots, stir and cook for 10 more minutes.
- Add tomatoes and beef bouillon, stir, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
- Serve over pasta and top off with Parmesan cheese.