I have to admit that since I stopped eating meat there are some traditional dishes that I really miss…Bolognese sauce is one of them! There is a very tasty vegetarian alternative though, which is as good as the original Bolognese sauce with all the flavour of an old fashioned classic! This amazing sauce is called sugo finto ( fake sauce), an old traditional recipe made using minced vegetables instead of meat. This sauce can easily replace the Bolognese sauce in many recipes such as cannelloni, lasagne or any other dish which requires a similar sauce.
The sugo finto is delicious and it has been on my family menu for generations! In fact, my mother remembers my grandfather’s aunty preparing the sauce for meatless family meals on Fridays.
The sugo finto is a must for vegetarians who love tasty traditional recipes!!!!
Try it and let me know what you think…
Vegetarian Bolognese sauce (sugo finto)
1 can of tomato passata (best quality)
1/2 an onion (medium size)
1 clove of garlic
2 stalks of celery
1 big bunch of fresh aromatic herbs (marjoram, thyme, rosemary, 2 bay leaves, oregano)
4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons of tomato paste
1/2 a organic stock cube
a large glass of water
1. Finely chop the rosemary.
2. Cut the celery, carrot and garlic in small pieces, then place the vegetables with the herbs (without the bay leaves) in the mixer and blend for a few minutes. Now add the onion and blend once more.
3. Fry the vegetables with 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Add two bay leaves.
4. Add 4 tablespoons of tomato paste, then add the passata and stir.
5. During the cooking time add a large glass of water and mix well.
6. Cook and stir until you get a Bolognese sauce consistency.
Tip. The cooking time may vary between 30 or 50 minutes, depending on whether you want a slightly milder sauce or dense sauce with a stronger flavour.
Ragù vegetariano (sugo finto)
400 g di passata di pomodoro (di ottima qualità)
1/2 cipolla di media grandezza
1 spicchio d’aglio
2 gambi di sedano
1 mazzetto bello grosso di erbe aromatiche fresche (maggiorana, timo, rosmarino, 2 foglie di alloro, origano)
4 cucchiai di olio extravergine d’oliva
4 cucchiai di concentrato di pomodoro
1/2 dado biologico di buona qualità
un bicchiere d’acqua
1. Tritate finemente il rosmarino.
2. Tagliare il sedano, la carota e l’aglio a pezzetti. Mettete quindi le verdure con le erbe (senza l’alloro) nel mixer e sminuzzate per qualche minuto. Aggiungete anche la cipolla e continuate a sminuzzare fino ad ottenere un tritato abbastanza fine.
3. Fate soffriggere le verdure sminuzzate con 4 cucchiai d’olio, per una decina di minuti. Aggiungete anche due foglie intere di alloro.
4. Aggiungete 4 cucchiai di concentrato di pomodoro, poi unite la passata al concentrato e mescolate bene.
5. Durante la cottura annaffiate con un bicchiere d’acqua e mescolate di tanto in tanto.
6. Fate ritirare il liquido in eccesso e lasciate cuocere fino ad ottenere un sugo con la consistenza del ragù.
Nota. Il tempo di cottura può variare da 30 a 50 minuti, a seconda se desiderate un sugo più delicato oppure più denso e dal sapore un po’ più deciso.
24 thoughts on “Traditional Recipe : Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce (Sugo Finto)”
Looks delicious! Love the photos 🙂
Thank you, Antonia! It really is! 🙂
Looks delicious, and I just love your photography!!! 🙂
Thank you so much, John!… It means a lot to me!!!!! 🙂
Delicious recipe and mind blowing photos as always!! 🙂
Thank you so so so much!!!
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Thank you, Paula! I will do 🙂
As always, it looks so delicious, you are making me salivate (and almost turn vegetarian)! I jus love your photography.
ahahah! Thank you so much, my friend! XX
The recipe sounds so delicious. I have to try it and the photos make me hungry. I don’t know if I can find tomato passata around here but maybe I can make it myself. Thanks for the recipe 🙂
Try it, it is special! My family loves this sauce! 🙂 Several supermarkets abroad have good quality tomato passata in cans or bottles 🙂
Absolutely wonderful, your pictures make me feel like reaching out and grabbing a forkful of pasta 🙂
Thank you so much, Marisa, for your kind comment! I am glad that you like the recipe! X
It really is, Elaine! It’s delicious!!! …One of my favourite pasta sauces!
And such beautiful photos, as always x
That looks delicious!
Thank you very much, Karen! it really is! 🙂
This does look so thick and rich Serena!! I didn’t realize it was vegetarian until you said so…
I know, it ‘s a wonderful thick sauce! We love it!!!! ❤