Eggplant Bolognese

by Kelli on May 2, 2014

Vegan Eggplant Bolognese is a hearty, healthy, delicious alternative to the traditional sauce.  TheCornerKitchenBlog.com

I’ve been a little distracted lately.  I can’t believe it’s May already, and that the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo are staring us in the face.  Instead of preparing for mint juleps, margaritas and guac, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in freekeh.

In case you missed it, I’m writing an eCookbook all about my most favorite grain, freekeh.  And, as it happens creating, testing, photographing and editing 30+ new recipes has been taking a leeetle more time than I anticipated.  To keep you in the loop, and more importantly, to get your opinions on all the recipe and eBook design, I created the group, The Corner Kitchen // Team Freekeh on Facebook.  If you haven’t already joined in the freekeh fun, come on over!!

Vegan Eggplant Bolognese is a hearty, healthy, delicious alternative to the traditional sauce.  TheCornerKitchenBlog.com

Also, Divergent.  Have you guys read this book?  I’m obsessed.  I cannot put it down!  I’ve come close to missing my subway stop on more than one occasion every single time because this book sucks me in.  I’ve also been staying up reading until I literally cannot hold my eyelids open any longer.  According to my Kindle I only have 10% remaining….the suspense is kind of killing me.  Needless to say, I’ll be spending my weekend entrenched in the second book.

Vegan Eggplant Bolognese is a healthy comfort food that even better than its meaty counterpart!  TheCornerKitchenBlog.com

When life gets busy I like to rely on meals that are simple, quick to throw together and relatively hands off, yet healthy and comforting.  Enter, Eggplant Bolognese.  While this vegan bolognese lacks the ground meat found in its traditional counterpart, it certainly does not skimp on flavor.  Eggplant is a hearty, meaty vegetable, making it a great substitute to stand up to any meat-based sauce.

This healthy comfort food is is perfect topped on your favorite pasta (wide pappardelle  is my favorite) or whole grain, like freekeh, farro or quinoa.  If you’re looking to save time, Eggplant Bolognese can be made up to two days in advance and freezes really well.

Today I’m on Greatist sharing my recipe for hearty and healthy (Vegan) Eggplant Bolognese.

Vegan Eggplant Bolognese is a healthy comfort food that even better than its meaty counterpart!  TheCornerKitchenBlog.com

Enjoy!

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Joanne May 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM

I’ve dabbled with the idea of writing an ecookbook, but I have no idea where I’d find the time right now! Maybe after the wedding. In November. ha.

This bolognese! My kind of meal. I want to dive right into all that comfort!

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Kelli May 2, 2014 at 3:55 PM

You should totally do an ecookbook! While time consuming, I have been learning a ton and it’s super fun!

Bolognese is pretty much the perfect meat, non-meat meal :) Thanks, Joanne!

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Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen May 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

This recipe looks right up my alley! I love a hearty and thick tomato sauce (plus this is veggie – such a plus!). I think I am going to make it for dinner tomorrow night! Thanks for the great recipe!

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Kelli May 2, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Such a great weekend dinner! Enjoy, Ceara!

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Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen May 10, 2014 at 3:46 AM

So I did make this awesome recipe last weekend and then again on Wednesday when friends were coming over because it is just that easy and tasty (and everybody loved it!)!! I added some leeks, mushrooms and zucchini along with the eggplant because that’s what I had in the fridge! I served it the first time over pasta and the second time over quinoa! A super easy and versatile recipe – Thx! :D

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Kelli May 12, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Yay! So glad you’re enjoying this and that it’s been such a hit, Ceara! I also love that you added other veggies…sounds delish!!

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Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life May 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Other than Christmas, I miss all the food holidays. I’m a self proclaimed bad food blogger ha! Wow, I cannot imagine how much work the e cookbook is, in addition to blogging. I’ve never even heard of freekah! Checking out the FB group asap. As for this sauce, it looks incredible! Veggies and thick red pasta sauces make my world go round!

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Kelli May 2, 2014 at 3:57 PM

If you like farro/barley/bulgur/wheat berries, I bet you’d be into freekeh as well.

I’m with you on veggies & sauce making the world go round! Have a great weekend, Mary Frances!

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Kathy@ Olives & Garlic May 2, 2014 at 11:09 AM

I want this now. It’s been such a long time since I’ve made bolognese. Looks delicious!

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Kelli May 2, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Thank you, Kathy! It’s time to bring bolognese back….eggplant style :)

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sue/the view from great island May 2, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Love this idea! I made a mushroom Bolognese that really wowed me, I didn’t miss the meat at all!

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Kelli May 2, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Thanks, Sue! I love a good mushroom bolognese!

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Natalie @ Tastes Lovely May 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I loved the first book of Divergent! Couldn’t put it down either. I’m almost scared to see the movie because I don’t want it to “ruin” how I have it pictured in my head. Oh heck, I’ll probably end up watching it anyway! This eggplant bolognese sounds amazing! I’m trying to grow eggplants in my garden this year. Fingers crossed I should have some of my very own to use to make this!

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Kelli May 2, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Wow, a garden with eggplants! So fun. One thing city living really makes me miss is gardening. We have great farmers markets, but totally not that same as picking fresh veggies from your back yard! Have a great weekend, Natalie!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) May 3, 2014 at 8:07 AM

This looks so freekeh-ing amazing! <—See what I did there?

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Kelli May 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Hehehe :) I’m a fan! Our apartment is pretty much freekeh pun central.

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Jess @ whatjessicabakednext May 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM

This looks amazing! I love veggie bolognese, makes a good change! Love the fact you keep the recipe traditional by serving the bolognese over parpardelle- so good! :)

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Kelli May 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Thank you, Jess!

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Allison @ Clean Wellness May 5, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Yum! I will never say no to pasta. This bolognese looks great! I tend to crave a vegan bolognese at least once a week -regardless of the weather. It’s seasonless. Can’t wait to try this one!

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Kelli May 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Kinda feeling like we’re soul sisters :) It’s so easy to think of bolognese as “winter” comfort food, but the veggies lighten it up so much that I love this for summer.

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ZazaCook May 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Looks absolutely delicious!
I love your photos :)

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Kelli May 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Thanks so much!!

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Gerry @ Foodness Gracious May 6, 2014 at 2:27 AM

Yes and yes again! This looks like a keeper!

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Kelli May 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Thanks, Gerry!

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Sherri@ The Well Floured Kitchen May 6, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Looks delicious! Eggplant and tomatoes were made for each other. I love the idea of doing something besides parm. Also trying again for eggplants in the garden(some years are good, some not so much).

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Kelli May 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Good luck with your garden! I’d love to be able to grow eggplant.

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Diana May 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Made this last night without mentioning the eggplant and it was a hit with my picky children! Thanks for the recipe!

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Kelli May 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I love the sneakiness, Diana…and of course, that it was a hit with your kids! You’re a gal after my own heart. Thank you!

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