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Mushroom “Bolongese”

You know how some recipes evolve every time you make them? Well, this one evolved over the course of one single preparation. I happen to love mushrooms, tomatoes, and pasta so the idea of a spaghetti sauce made with mushrooms was instantly appealing to me. It was the second Alli recipe I tried and I was game for finding ways of cutting down the fat and calories in my food while keeping strong flavor in the dish. But a tomato sauce that calls for sugar is sort of blasphemous to me, so I re-tooled the recipe on the fly and kept the end result on target with the calories and fat.

When the final product hit the table it looked so much like a Bolongese sauce I couldn’t resist calling it that even though it has no meat in it. It was really quite good and considering one serving has only 250 calories and 3.5 grams of fat I was able to have almost two servings plus a sprinkling of Parmesan and keep my version in line with the Alli goals. It felt good to eat well on a “diet”.


Mushroom Bolongese

Adapted from The alli Diet Plan


  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs cremini mushrooms
  • 2 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz each)
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  • Place a large pot of water on the stove to boil.
  • In the work bowl of a food processor chop the mushrooms until they resemble the texture of ground meat.
  • Add the olive oil to a large pan over medium/high heat.
  • When hot add in the onion and the mushrooms and cook until they have both released their water and have started to brown in the pan. Approximately 15 minutes.
  • Add in the garlic and stir constantly for 1 minute.
  • While the pasta is cooking add the tomatoes, parsley, oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder to the pan with the mushrooms.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil and then reduce to simmer while the pasta finishes cooking.
  • Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce.
  • Serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan if you’d like.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 8

Calories: 250

Fat: 3.5

Protein: 11.2