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Vegetarian Bolognese with Whole-Wheat Penne

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Total time 1 hr, 10 mins
Yield 6 servings
The Parmigiano-Reggiano rind simmers with the sauce, infusing it with deep, savory umami taste.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms (about 1/4 ounce)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can organic crushed tomatoes with basil, undrained
  • 1 (2-inch) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese rind
  • 12 ounces uncooked whole-wheat penne (tube-shaped pasta)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 334
  • fat 7.2 g
  • satfat 2.1 g
  • monofat 2.5 g
  • polyfat 1.9 g
  • protein 14.8 g
  • carbohydrate 57.7 g
  • fiber 9.7 g
  • cholesterol 9 mg
  • iron 3.3 mg
  • sodium 542 mg
  • calcium 156 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place dried mushrooms in a spice or coffee grinder; process until finely ground.

  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, and mushrooms; sauté 10 minutes. Add wine; simmer 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Add 1/4 cup warm water and next 4 ingredients (through cheese rind) to onion mixture. Stir in ground porcini. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes. Keep warm. Remove rind; discard.

  3. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Place 1 cup of pasta in each of 6 bowls. Top each portion with 3/4 cup sauce and about 1 tablespoon cheese.

Cook's Notes

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