Easy Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce

This easy vegetarian bolognese sauce recipe is grain- and gluten-free and the perfect healthy sauce to serve with pasta.

Easy Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce

Ingredients

Full recipe with amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Mushrooms. I used portabellini/chestnut mushrooms but feel free to use any mushrooms of your choice. Mushrooms are important in this recipe as they add so much meatiness to the sauce.
  • Zucchini. Courgette/baby marrow.
  • Red onion.
  • Garlic.
  • Tomato passata. Crushed canned tomatoes can also be used.
  • Tomato paste. 
  • Red wine. (Optional) I used Pinot Noir.
  • Tamari sauce. Tamari, soy or coconut aminos will add loads of umami to this sauce.
  • Vegetable stock.
  • Thyme. 
  • Rsemary.
  • Bay leaf.
  • Salt and pepper. 
  • Pasta, to serve.
  • Parmesan, to serve. Substitute with any cheese of your choice.

Easy Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce

How to make vegetarian bolognese

  1. Prepare the vegetables: Using a food processor, finely chop the mushrooms and zucchini. You could finely chop them by hand or use a grater too if you don’t have a food processor. It’s important that the vegetables are finely chopped to mimic ground beef/beef mince once cooked.
  2. Make the sauce: In a large, deep pan or braiser, heat a splash of olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the mushrooms, zucchini and herbs and cook, stirring regularly, for 10-15 minutes until the moisture has evaporated. Pour in the tomato passata, tomato paste, red wine, tamari sauce and stock. Season generously with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly and the vegetables are cooked through.
  3. Serve: Serve the sauce with your choice of pasta with a generous handful of cheese and fresh basil.

Can I freeze vegetarian bolognese?

Yes, this sauce freezes very well. Allow to cool then transfer to freezer-safe containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw then reheat in a saucepan until hot and bubbling.

Ingredients for vegetarian bolognese.

How to use vegetarian bolognese

  1. Classic homemade lasagna
  2. Bolognese pasta bake
  3. Cheesy bolognese pies
Easy Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce

Easy Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce

This easy vegetarian bolognese sauce recipe is grain- and gluten-free and the perfect healthy sauce to serve with pasta.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bolognese, Bolognese sauce, Vegetarian bolognese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 500 g (1lb) mushrooms
  • 500 g (1lb) zucchini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup tomato passata
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Using a food processor, finely chop the mushrooms and zucchini. You could finely chop them by hand or use a grater too if you don't have a food processor. It's important that the vegetables are finely chopped to mimic ground beef/beef mince once cooked. 
  • In a large, deep pan or braiser, heat a splash of olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Add the mushrooms, zucchini and herbs and cook, stirring regularly, for 10-15 minutes until the moisture has evaporated.
  • Pour in the tomato passata, tomato paste, red wine, tamari sauce and stock. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly and the vegetables are cooked through. 
  • Serve the sauce with your choice of pasta with a generous handful of cheese and fresh basil.

Notes

The calorie amount is per portion of sauce (the sauce makes 6 portions). 

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 765mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 512IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg