Nothing spells comfort quite like a bowl of spaghetti with a chunky bolognese sauce. And those who avoid meat can still get all that comfort with this recipe, which swaps in mushrooms. Serve over whole-grain pasta and you have yourself a dinner that rivals any Italian meal.


  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups chopped crimini mushrooms
  • 1large onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1large carrot, diced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup water (or vegetable stalk)
  • 2 servings pasta, cooked according to package instructions
  • Fresh basil


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook vegetables in butter until tendering, seasoning with salt and pepper.
  2. When onion begins to appear translucent, add tomatoes and water. Mix and cover. Let simmer for about 5 to 8 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook sauce until it reaches desired consistency. (The longer it cooks, the thicker it will become.)
  3. Serve over pasta, garnished with basil.