Friday, February 3, 2012
Delicious and Vegetarian Friendly: Rigatoni w/ Vegetable Bolognese
I've been a vegetarian for 13 years. In my senior year of high school, I decided to stop eating animals because I loved them, and even I was surprised at how easy it was to go meat-free and never look back (I do eat eggs and milk products = ovo-lacto vegetarian).
I recently stayed the weekend with a dear friend of mine who is smart and stylish and an awesome mom to two very busy little girls. She planned a fabulous meal for one night that we cooked together while talking and laughing, the main course of which was Giada De Laurentiis's Rigatoni with Vegetable Bolognese. The prep time took long enough that I wouldn't consider this to be an easy weeknight meal, and you definitely need a food processor to make quick work of chopping up all the veggies, but this dish was one of the best things that I have eaten in a LONG time - better than anything I've had in a restaurant in recent memory. Even my friend, who eats meat, commented that the vegetable bolognese sauce is so similar in looks and taste to the meat version that she could barely tell the difference between the two. I can't wait to make it again myself!