how to make vegetarian bolognese sauce

Vegetarian Bolognese

I absolutely love bolognese! It has been one of my favorite meals for as long as I can remember! So, being vegetarian, I had to come up with a delicious alternative!

I actually have more than one recipe for vegetarian bolognese, such is my love for it, but this was the first one I ever tried. And I still cook it frequently!

I love to pair it with spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine, but any kind of pasta you like should be ok.

Don’t be alarmed by the chocolate in the ingredient list. It is not a mistake! I really feel it adds a lot of flavor to the recipe, and I promise it doesn’t taste like dessert!

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how to make vegetarian bolognese sauce

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Recipe by Beet the RushCourse: DinnerDifficulty: Easy


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Cooking time




  • 1 cup soy mince (TVP)

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1 celery stalk

  • 1 carrot

  • 1⁄3 cup red wine

  • 1 can tomato puree

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

  • 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)

  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste

  • 10g dark chocolate


  • In a small bowl, mix 1 cup of soy mince, 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Let it soak for at least half an hour.
  • Chop the onion, the carrot, and the celery. Add them to a pan, along with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes and then add 2 minced garlic cloves. Let it cook for a few more minutes, until the vegetables soften.
  • Add the wine to the pan and let it reduce.
  • Add a can of tomato puree (crushed tomatoes would be nice too, if you care for a little more texture) and a can of water.
  • Season it with salt and pepper to taste, add the tomato paste and the dark chocolate, and let it come to a simmer.
  • Drain the soy mince and add it to the pan. Cook over medium heat for 25 to 30 min, or until the sauce thickens and the vegetables are tender.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
  • If you’re feeling fancy, serve with basil leaves. It will still taste good without them, though.

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  • Half an hour of prep time includes soaking the soy mince.
  • If you’re in a hurry, you may soak the soy for a little less time, but it wouldn’t be as soft.
  • I usually use red wine, but white wine will be just fine.

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