I get really excited during the summer and fall when there are so many amazing vegetables available at the farmer’s market. Something about chopping vegetables, putting them in a pot and cooking them down just really says comfort to me. It really takes me back to my childhood watching my mother and grandmother spend Sundays making the most amazing meals from scratch.
So, when I was trying to decide what to make for dinner tonight, I wanted to use some of those fresh vegetables, but also wanted to make something that could carry me over from Sunday Supper to Meatless Monday. You guys know I’m all about prepping on Sundays and using food throughout the week so I can put healthy meals on the table in a pinch as we’re running in and out of the house.
I recently made a pretty simple ratatouille, so I thought why not take that flavor profile and make an amazing vegetable bolognese. So, I started by coarse chopping some vegetables
Those veggies all went into a deep stockpot with some butter and olive oil to sweat down. I really believe that all great meals start with sweating down some veggies. Just about every recipe that wakes up my palate starts with some sauteed veggies as a base.
When the veggies are tender, I add the remaining ingredients and let all that simmer. At this stage, I check my seasoning like any good Italian, but taste testing the sauce until I know it’s right!
When the sauce is ready, I puree it with my immersion blender. This is something I would say to do to your liking. I like a little bit of chunkiness to my sauce so I can get the smoothness of the base of the sauce, as well as the texture of the vegetables.
To add another layer of flavor to this recipe, I add milk just before serving. I don’t like to add the milk to the whole pot of sauce because this sauce can be used on a variety of meals throughout the week. So, I portion out the amount of sauce for that meal and add the milk to just that serving. If I’m rewarming the sauce, I warm the sauce first and then add the milk.
The result is this beautiful sauce full of palate pleasing scrumptiousness! I’m not kidding when I tell you I’ve even eaten this sauce in a mug like it was soup…it’s THAT amazing!!!