Easy Vegetarian Bolognaise

An easy, classic vegetarian bolognaise made with vegetarian mince, carrots, and mushrooms.

Vegetarian bolognaise served over penne pasta


Bolognaise or bolognese is usually a meat-based sauce, but this version is vegetarian.

Of course, there is no such recipe in Italy and you'll be very disappointed if you look for it on the menu there (unless you find a tourist restaurant)

The nearest recipe would be a ragu and in Italy, it is served with tagliatelle. 

Here in the UK, it's usually served with spaghetti and I serve it that way too, but sometimes I like to serve it with penne.


This is a family recipe, handed down by my husband's mum, Jean. 

It's one of the first recipes she gave me. 

She had years of experience cooking vegetarian recipes when I met her and has passed on some good tried and tested recipes and ideas.

I love when they invite us to dinner. It's always delicious. Unfortunately for us, they've moved to Cyprus, so we aren't able to visit as often!

Bolognaise serve with spaghetti



You can serve bolognaise with most pasta shapes.

It is good the Italian way with tagliatelle, the British way with spaghetti or mixed through macaroni for an American style meal that kids love.


It's also makes amazing vegetarian lasagne.  

In a large ovenproof dish layer the bolognaise between sheets of lasagne, top with a white sauce and mozzarella, then bake until golden and bubbling. I can guarantee you will love it.


You can also fill cannelloni tubes with bolognaise in a baking dish and top with a white or cheese sauce, then mozzarella and bake.


This is a great, cook-on-the-weekend and freeze-it option. 

Handy after those late nights at work!  

This bolognaise can be chilled in the fridge for 3-4 days or frozen in portions for 3-4 months.

To defrost, leave a portion in the fridge overnight, then reheat and serve.

you may also like to try  - Bolognese Potato Bake, Leftover Bolognese Quesadillas or for another comforting pasta dish, Vegetarian Macaroni Cheese

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Author: Jacqueline Meldrum
Vegetarian Bolognaise

Vegetarian Bolognaise

An easy, classic vegetarian bolognaise made with vegetarian mince, carrots, and mushrooms.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 40 Min


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 250g mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 200g/7 oz frozen vegetarian mince
  • 1 pint /2.4 cups vegetable stock (3 stock cubes)
  • 1 x 400g/ 14 oz tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 glass/175ml/0.7 cup red wine
  • 100g/3.5 oz tomato puree
  • 1 handful freshly torn basil
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper


  1. In a large pan saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft and translucent.
  2. Add the carrots and cook until tender, then add the mushrooms and cook gently for a few more minutes.
  3. Add the soya mince and stir in well.
  4. Pour in the vegetable stock, chopped tomatoes and wine and stir in.
  5. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Add the tomato puree and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  7. Taste and season with salt & pepper.
  8. Scatter some torn basil into the sauce at the last minute.
  9. Serve with freshly cooked spaghetti or penne.
  10. Grate some veggie or vegan style parmesan over your dish before serving.



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  1. In my world, "simple" is wonderful and usually better than anything else.

    This "bolognese" would fool the heartiest carnivore. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  2. Thanks for the recipe - I got some soya mince recently but haven't had a chance to use it yet. Do you know if the dish freezes well?

  3. Oh so yum! I love pasta! Whenever in a hurry, no other way to go!
    Here is a website that I enjoy, so I thought you might also. It is called Mighty Foods.
    Now that I think of it, maybe I already told you of this site ????
    Maybe I am having a senior moment!

  4. Hi Ruth, I see you noted the spelling! I think I have picked up the French spelling somewhere along the way! We have strong links with France here in Scotland you know! I am glad you liked the pasta dish. I am looking forward to seeing the final line up!
    Hi Hellojed, the sauce freezes really well, it is my freezer standby! Make sure if you use the soya mince, that you use it in a dish with lots of flavours like this, otherwise it can be a bit tastless.
    Hi Winedeb,I am always especially pleased when you stop by as you were my first Blogging buddy! You haven't told me about the site before, but I wil go and have a look at it now. Thanks!

  5. what is soya mince? I'm not sure I have ever heard of it.

  6. Hi Frannie,
    Soya Mince is also known as TVP (textured vegetable protein, it is a meat substitute made from soya bean. Just adds a bit of texture really, although it is supposed to help in lowering cholestoral.

  7. I like the look of your simple spag bol - and I think you are really lucky to have lots of vegetarian recipes handed down to you - so many of the recipes my family values from my childhood are meaty and I feel I have had to create some of my own versions of these when I feel nostalgic.

  8. This recipe looks really wonderful! I love the idea of a yummy veggie bolognese recipe! :)


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