Saturday, October 17, 2009

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Ah, pasta, the perennial favourite. Easy to serve omnis, a favourite with children, how many meals has it saved?

Here is a quick spaghetti bolognaise that I made the a few nights ago.

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Serves 8 - 10 (halve for 4)


1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2 small onions
4 cloves garlic
2 tins of Sanitarium Casserole Mince (or 3 cups reconstituted TVP)
1 grated zucchini
1 400g tin diced tomatoes
200 g tomato paste
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 generous tablespoons fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
500g spaghetti (or pasta of your choice)

  1. In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the olive oil.
  2. Add onion and fry gently until translucent.
  3. Add garlic and fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to pan.
  5. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer. Simmer 20 - 30 minutes.
  6. Prepare 500 g spaghetti according to packet directions. (We use 500 g for 5 people, which lets the boys have seconds. I suggest 60g each for small serves, up to 125 g each for large serves of pasta.)
  7. Once the pasta is ready, place desired amount of pasta on plate or in bowl. Add 1 large ladle of bolognaise sauce to each serve. Enjoy!
My children and omni husband love this. I am however hesitant to serve it to other omnis, as I find that TVP and similar products simply taste "fake" to the omnis that I know. (This may be entirely in their head, but I do recall disliking vegetarian burgers, sausages and so on when I first went vegetarian.) If you have more broad minded omnis in you life, they may enjoy the familiar texture and rich flavour.


  1. I never made spaghetti! I really should as there are so many good gluten free pastas. Yours look very good!