Sugo Finto - "Fake Sauce" - uses celery, carrots and onion in a red wine tomato sauce to produce a rich, hearty flavor for pasta without meat. I learned this recipe at a Tuscan cooking class at Fattoria Corsignano near Siena, Italy. You won't miss the meat, I promise!
Pasta Sauce, Meatless (Sugo Finto)
Finely dice carrots, celery and onions.
Sauté in olive oil until the onions are translucent and everything is well cooked and tender. Add a clove of diced garlic here if you like.
Add red wine and stir in salt and pepper to taste.
Cover and simmer for 15 minutes to reduce.
Add crushed tomatoes and cook, uncovered, for 30-45 more minutes to allow the flavors to blend, stirring occasionally.
Add more salt and pepper if desired.
Serve warm, over al dente pasta, and sprinkle with fresh-grated Parmesan.
Fresh basil leaves are a good garnish. Crusty bread and red wine are good partners!