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Hearty Vegetable Bolognese

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  • Author: Julie (PB Fingers)
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: vegetarian, dinner


This Hearty Vegetable Bolognese is a deliciously filling vegetarian recipe made with fresh vegetables, walnuts (trust me on this one!) and a splash of cabernet.


  • 2 cups peeled, chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms
  • 2 small yellow onions
  • 1/4 cup Specially Selected Kalamata Olives
  • 1/4 cup Outlander Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 cup Southern Grove Walnuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons SimplyNature Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Stonemill Sea Salt
  • 1 25-ounce jar SimplyNature Organic Marinara Sauce
  • Specially Selected Gruyere Cheese, for topping


  1. In a food processor, shred the carrots, bell peppers, olives, mushrooms, onions and garlic until they are shredded into very fine pieces.
  2. Drizzle a large, deep nonstick skillet with olive oil and heat to a medium-high heat. Add the shredded vegetables and allow them to cook down, as the water sweats out and they reduce in volume for about 5 minutes. Add the wine, reduce the heat and allow to simmer longer (approximately 7-10 minutes), until almost all of the liquid is gone.
  3. While the vegetables are cooking, place the walnuts, Italian seasonings and sea salt into the food processor and grind into a course meal, taking care not to over grind, as a paste will form.
  4. Add the walnuts to the skillet and stir.
  5. Add the marinara sauce and stir to combine. Simmer on medium-low heat for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve on top of whole wheat spaghetti, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash or your favorite pasta and enjoy!


I bought everything I needed to make this recipe at ALDI, including organic vegetables (mushrooms, carrots, onion, mini bell peppers), SimplyNature Italian Seasoning, Outlander Cabernet Sauvignon (perfect in the sauce and in a glass along with your pasta), SimplyNature Whole Wheat Spaghetti, fresh basil, garlic and Specially Selected Kalamata Olives (they added the most deliciously salty, briny taste to the sauce). ALDI has quickly become my go-to spot for organic produce because it’s so darn affordable (often less than conventional produce at other grocers) and I love their SimplyNature line so, so much.