Spaghetti With Chicken Bolognese
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A healthier and leaner alternative to beef, this Chicken Bolognese is still made in authentic Italian fashion and is sure to become a family favorite.
Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoons butter (vegan: use vegetable spread such as Earth Balance)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground chicken (vegetarian/vegan: use 1 cup TVP)
  • ½ cup dry white wine (such as vermouth)
  • 2 cans (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup strong chicken stock (vegetarian/vegan: use vegetable broth)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup heavy cream (vegan: use vegan whipping cream such as Soyatoo or use soy milk powder with half the water)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (vegan: use vegan Parmesan cheese substitute such as Parma)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lb (500g) spaghetti, cooked according to package instructions
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
  1. Heat the butter and oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery and saute until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  2. Add the chicken and cook, breaking up the pieces, until there is no pink remaining, about 5 minutes. Add the wine, increase the temperature to high, and boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and their juice, the chicken stock, parsley, rosemary, and thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, uncovered, until the sauce has slightly thickened. In the last 10 minutes, add the cream, Parmesan cheese, and basil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve on top of the cooked spaghetti and garnish with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Note: This sauce tastes even better the next day. It can be made up to 2 days in advance. It freezes well.
Recipe by The Daring Gourmet at