You know how some weekends, when it’s chilly outside and cozy inside, you want a big pot of comfort?  This is a big pot of comfort.  It takes a while to bubble away, which both warms up the kitchen and makes the whole house smell amazing.

It takes a bit more time than my usual recipes, but the active time is mostly up front, giving you lots of time to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot tea and the Gilmore Girls.  Well, at least this is my idea of a wonderful lazy Sunday…  To each his own…

In my obsessive re-watching of the Gilmore Girls I have learned many things, life lessons etc., and one of the things I realized recently was that Lane’s family was totally vegan!! Who knew!?  They never outright said it, but they totally referenced it when they talked about her Mom making “eggless egg salad” “tofurkey” “spaghetti and wheatballs” and “tofutter”.  True story.  Is it a sign that I have watched it too many times if I can list all of those items off the top of my head?? Lets go with no, deal?

Full disclosure:  I totally didn’t make this.  It was 100% hubby.  He came up with the idea, and made it.  I came home one night to a pot of this ready on the stove.  I wasn’t really even that hungry because I was swamped at work and didn’t get a chance to eat lunch until late.  But one bite and I was ready to dive in face first!! Holy moley was this delicious!  It smelled incredible the second I walked through the door.  And one look into the pot and I couldn’t believe how much it looked like his (very not vegan) usual Bolognese.

Hubby used to make an amazing Bolognese back in our meat eating days.  This makeover knocked it out of the park.  I would confidently serve this to any meat-eater, and know they would gobble it up without even realizing that there was cauliflower in there.  Will one of you make this for an unsuspecting carnivore and share the results with me?? (This blog has outed me as the veggie loving, healthy food sneak that I am)

Health highlights of cauliflower: cauliflower is anti-inflammatory which means it can help reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, even depression (which is still being researched further to explore the inflammation-depression link).  As a part of the cruciferous family (with broccoli) cauliflower contains potent anti-cancer compounds.  It also supports the body’s detoxification process.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons EV Olive Oil
2 Onions (minced)
5 cloves Garlic (minced)
¾ cup Tomato Paste (2 jars)
2 heads Cauliflower (sliced thin then chopped)
1 ½ cups Red Wine
2 Bay Leaves
½ teaspoon Dried Thyme
2 cups Water
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
1 lb Pasta (we used gluten free – which is a little less than a lb)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (optional – for finishing)

Easy Instructions:

  • In a large pot sauté the garlic and onion for 10 minutes
  • Add the chopped cauliflower and cook another 10-15 minutes
  • Add the tomato paste and cook another 5 minutes
  • Add the wine, bay, and thyme and cook for 20 minutes (uncovered)
  • Add the water and cook for 1 hour (uncovered)
  • Boil the pasta 1 minute shy of al dente
  • Add the pasta to the sauce and boil together for 1 minute
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve up and eat up!!

Detailed Instructions:

  • In a large pot add the 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic and onions
  • Sauté for 10 minutes
  • Add the chopped cauliflower and cook another 10-15 minutes
  • Add the tomato paste and cook another 5 minutes (to develop flavor)
  • Add the wine, bay, and thyme and cook on low for about 20 minutes (uncovered) or until it is thickened and reduced
  • Add the water and cook for about 1 hour (uncovered) or until it is thickened and reduced
  • In another medium pot boil water for the pasta
  • Boil the pasta until it is 1 minute shy of al dente
  • Drain the pasta
  • Add the pasta to the sauce and boil together for 1 minute
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve up and eat up!!

What is your favorite comfort food?

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