Vegetarian Bolognese with Chickpea Penne

A savory, cozy vegetarian main dish

Vegetarian Bolognese with Chickpea Penne

Savory and satisfying!

This vegetarian Bolognese starts with all the usual suspects — carrots, onion, celery. crushed tomatoes, dry red wine, and herbs– but instead of meat uses high flavor cremini mushrooms, dried porcini mushrooms and simmers with a chunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano rind.  The flavor is unreal!

We first discovered this dish and were introduced to the concept of umami — or savory, the fifth taste sensation along with sweet, sour, salty and bitter — back in 2009 when it was published in Cooking Light Magazine and we’ve been making it ever since!

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Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.  I’ve been making this recipe exactly as is for years, except that we now use gluten-free pasta.

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