Creamy Vegan Bean Bolognese

by Khushboo on April 2, 2015

While I have a long way to go until I remotely fit the bill as a gourmet chef (or any kind of chef for that matter) I do consider myself confident in the kitchen.  I am getting more comfortable with trying out combinations that might sound strange at first thought and pairing ingredients that one typically might not.  An example of such is this plate of Creamy Vegan Bean Bolognese:  

Bean Bolognese

It’s been almost 2 months since I recommitted to eating a predominantly dairy-free diet and fortunately it’s been much easier than I anticipated.  I was pleasantly surprised to realize that most chocolates with 70% cocoa or more are naturally vegan (cocoa butter doesn’t contain dairy despite its misleading name).  Thick & creamy smoothies fill the Greek yogurt void.  Fortunately I prefer the taste of non-dairy milks like coconut & almond milk.  The one dairy food I do miss sometimes? Cheese.  The only thing more comforting than digging into a bowl of spaghetti in marinara sauce is digging into a bowl of spaghetti in marinara sauce…topped off with parmesan.  I die at the thought!  I will definitely make a cheese (& gelato) exception in Venice this summer, but for now I’m finding ways to get around it. 

Bean Bolognese Fork

In attempt to add a bit of va va voom to to an otherwise standard bowl of pasta in marinara sauce, I played around in the kitchen earlier this week to create something creamy & decadent-tasting.   Key to a dairy-free creamy pasta that almost tastes like Penne alla Vodka in its own right? Hummus!  Yeah yeah I know- combining marinara sauce & hummus sounds kinda weird but trust me on this.  After plenty of grossed out looks from my mom, she agreed to try a bite & even she liked it…just sayin’!  

Creamy Bean Bolognese close-up

Taste aside, the beans & hummus pack in a nice dose of protein, soluble fibre, folate and magnesium.  Along with volume, the eggplant & bell peppers add a delicious meaty texture – yay for veggies!  Other than pasta, this Creamy Vegan Bean Bolognese would taste dreamy over toast, quinoa, jacket potatoes or brown rice.  For a lighter, yet equally satisfying option, it also tastes fab with zucchini noodles…which is what I opted for after going to town earlier on in the evening with popcorn.

Creamy Vegan Bean Bolognese
Serves 1
A delicious alternative to bolognese sauce which is gluten-free, dairy-free & meat-free!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup cooked beans (I used black-eyed beans)
  2. ½ cup diced bell peppers
  3. ½ cup diced eggplant
  4. 1 cup marinara sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon hummus
  6. Finely chopped basil
Instructions
  1. Coat a large skillet with olive oil (or cooking spray) & place over medium heat.
  2. Once hot, add eggplant & sauté for 4 minutes. Add in the bell peppers & continuing sautéing for an additional 4 minutes, or until the veggies are tender.
  3. Add in beans & marinara sauce. Once the marinara sauce has warmed up, stir in the hummus & mix until the hummus is well-incorporated and the veggies/beans are covered in sauce.
  4. Turn off heat & serve with your choice of side. Garnish with basil prior to serving.
Notes
  1. i) For an extra cheesy flavour, stir in 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast towards the end.
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If there’s one thing you want to do today, it’s stirring hummus into marinara sauce…it’s too delizioso!

What’s your favourite pasta sauce? Mix-ins?

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Shyamla April 2, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Counting down for you to come and be able to try out all your yum recipes with you!! This looks like such a good meal.. def one i will be recreating xx

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Khushboo April 4, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Wahooo SO excited now <3!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 2, 2015 at 4:05 pm

I love the idea of a vegan bolagnese, and I’m intrigued by the hummus. Since I recently added Greek yogurt to Tomato Basil Soup I certainly wouldn’t turn up my nose at odd combos. I would add Parmesan though. Sorry, can’t help myself. This looks fantastic.

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Khushboo April 4, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Giiiirl you better be adding extra parmesan so I can eat vicariously through you ;)!

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karishma dalal April 2, 2015 at 7:04 pm

yum yum – can’t wait for lunchies at yours! <3

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Khushboo April 4, 2015 at 7:49 pm

I knowwww- April 29th we have a date!

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Lucie@FitSwissChick April 2, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Thanks for the reminder that I need to use my spiralizer again!!! This combo sounds so good and comforting!

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Khushboo April 4, 2015 at 7:50 pm

My spiralizer is one of the best kitchen appliances I’ve invested in!

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan April 2, 2015 at 11:58 pm

I used to wonder how eating ALL the dark chocolate never messed with my lactose intolerant stomach – and now I know!! Thanks Khushboo 🙂

I have tried and loved tomato paste and hummus as a dip with pita chips – and since tomato paste and marinara are a lot alike, I am thinking this combo needs to happen in my kitchen! Soon!

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Khushboo April 4, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Mmm that’s a great idea to even make that combo in a date- will definitely be adding some tomato paste into my next batch of hummus. Thanks, Shashi :)!

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Parita @ myinnershakti April 3, 2015 at 12:05 am

This sounds fantastic! I like trying odd combos too – and I find that most of the time they work! Will definitely be making this soon!

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Khushboo April 4, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Let me know what you think, I think this flavour combo is right up your alley :)!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld April 3, 2015 at 5:46 am

I’ve been digging Hummus lately and this looks delicious! I was surprised in Italy at how many dairy free options they had which you’d never believe were- Like dutch chocolate or dark chocolate pudding!

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Khushboo April 4, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Looook atchu coming into the dark side & embracing the legumes ;)! I’ll definitely be looking out for those puddings when I’m in Italy :)!

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen April 3, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Ooh neat idea! I adore hummus used in just about any way, so this sound really good to me!

My favourite pasta sauce is marinara with mushrooms and sausage mixed in.

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Khushboo April 4, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Mushrooms are a must for me too (this recipe being the exception though haha)!!

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig April 3, 2015 at 7:09 pm

This doesn’t sound strange at all – it sounds delicious! And I’m super jealous that you’re going to Venice!

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Khushboo April 4, 2015 at 7:51 pm

And I’m super jealous you’re going to Australia- it’s high on my travel list!

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