Easy Vegetarian Bolognaise Recipe

This is a recipe, handed down by Graham's mum. It is 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 meals!

I love eating at their house, unfortunately for us they have moved to Cyprus, so we aren't able to visit so often!

This is a great, cook-on-the-weekend and freeze-it option. Handy after those late nights at work!  I know bolognaise is usually served on spaghetti or if you are in Italy a rich ragu like this would be served on tagliatelle, but sometimes I like to serve it on penne for a change. Delicious!

I mean who can resist a bowl of pasta with homemade sauce?

Nutrition and calories per portion of bolognaise sauce

Yield: serves 4

Homemade Veggie Bolognaise

A lush homemade vegetarian bolognaise rich with sweet tomato flavour. Soya mince is used in place of mince.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 35 MINStotal time: 45 mins


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 250g mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 100g soya mince/200g frozen vegetarian mince
  • 1 pint vegetable stock (3 stock cubes)
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 glass/175ml red wine
  • 100g tomato puree
  • 1 handful freshly torn basil
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper
  • freshly (veggie or vegan style) grated parmesan 


  1. In a large pan saute the onion and garlic in the olive
    oil until 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. Pour in the vegetable stock, chopped tomatoes and wine and stir in. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato puree and simmer for another 10 minutes. Taste and season with salt & pepper. Scatter some torn basil into the sauce at the last minute.
  5. Serve with freshly cooked spaghetti or penne. Grate some veggie or vegan style parmesan over your dish before serving.
  6.       Enjoy!


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   related - Leftover Bolognaise Quesadillas   

I usually serve this with spaghetti and put the leftover sauce in the fridge for later in the week, when I serve with penne, which is my favourite way of eating it. Graham likes his sauce served on top of his pasta, but like mine well mixed in, so it is totally coated in sauce! Mmmm!

Here is another version of bolognaise to try from my blog friend Rachel. Her bolognaise is made with lentils and has peas and some chilli for a bit of a kick.

More Spaghetti!

A black bowl full of spaghetti coated in tomato and roasted red pepper pasta sauce

If you like my vegetarian bolognaise, you may also like my tomato and roasted red pepper pasta sauce for spaghetti.


  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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