Bolognese is a rich and creamy sauce, traditionally made using meat, that is usually served over tagliatelle or spaghetti.  It’s a classic dish that is often considered comfort food.

Bolognese can be transformed into vegan form very easily and economically. The ‘meat’ can be made from tofu, tempeh, walnuts, mushrooms, or soy crumbles.


Whatever you use, you can conjure up a meal that will please guests and provide you with a quick and easy dinner on weekday nights.  Bolognese sauce can also be made in bulk to have on hand whenever you fancy a pasta night.

Check out these OGP recipes for bolognese in various incarnations.  Each one is delicious, but each offers something a little different.

1.  Lentil Mushroom Bolognese

Lentil Mushroom Bolognese

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This is a chunky and flavorful version of a vegan bolognese.  Serve this Lentil Mushroom Bolognese by Sarah Ottino over your preferred pasta.  The lentils and hummus provide a very healthy dose of protein while the mushrooms give that ‘meaty’ bite.  You can use a jarred tomato sauce, or if you have time, try making your own from scratch.


2.  Sweet Potato Noodle Bolognese With Toasted Crushed Almonds


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If you are looking for a gluten-free pasta dish recipe, try this Sweet Potato Noodle Bolognese With Toasted Crushed Almonds by Alissandra Maffucci.  Note that you will need a spiralizer to make sweet potato noodles.  However, if you don’t have one of those, the sauce can be added to any type of pasta.  The quinoa and almonds make this a high-protein meal, and the mix of veggies keep thing bright and full of texture.


3.  Pasta With Tempeh Bolognese

Gluten free Pasta With Tempeh Bolognese [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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You can make this dish gluten-free by using your preferred gluten-free pasta, but it can be enjoyed with any noodles.  This Pasta With Tempeh Bolognese by Kelly Fielding is a warming and hearty recipe that is an all-around crowd-pleaser.  It is rich in protein from the tempeh and full of all the classic flavors of Italy.


4.  Carrot Tagliatelle Bolognese

Vegan Carrot Tagliatelle Bolognese

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Here is another great idea for making gluten-free noodles.  This recipe for Carrot Tagliatelle Bolognese by Magdalena Pienkos is a carrot bonanza.  The tagliatelle is made from ribbons of carrot, and grated carrot is an integral part of the bolognese sauce, too.  Chickpeas add the protein to this vibrant dish.

5.  Creamy Lentil Bolognese and Potato Bake

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Here is a different use for bolognese sauce.  Instead of using pasta, this recipe for Creamy Lentil Bolognese and Potato Bake by Melina Kutelas layers the rich and creamy bolognese sauce between potatoes and eggplant.  After the dish has been topped with almond parmesan, it is put in the oven until it becomes golden brown.

6.  Smoky Tofu Bolognese

Vegan Gluten-Free Smokey Tofu Bolognese

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The flavor twist in this Smoky Tofu Bolognese by Harriet Emily comes from smoked paprika.  Tofu and mushrooms add a meaty texture while the zucchinis and tomatoes give freshness to this simple but flavor-packed dish.  Serve this sauce on your favorite pasta noodles.


7.  Lentil and Walnut Bolognese Lasagna

Lentil and Walnut Bolognese Lasagna

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In this recipe, your bolognese sauce is used to make a delicious lasagne.  This recipe for Lentil and Walnut Bolognese Lasagna by Alenoosh Matakupan is a great one-pot dish to share with family and friends.  It is super tomatoey and ‘cheesy’ with its vegan mozzarella.

8.  Beefless Bolognese Sauce

Beefless Bolognese Sauce

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Soy crumbles take the place of the minced beef in this tasty recipe for Beefless Bolognese Sauce by Julie Zimmer.  This is a  really simple recipe that has all the flavors of a traditional bolognese. Serve your sauce with a big bowl of your favorite pasta noodles, and settle in for a comforting dinner.

9.  Lentil Bolognese with Spaghetti

Lentil Bolognese with Spaghetti

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Here is another hearty lentil-based sauce for you to try.  Jenn Sebestyen and Kelli Foster‘s Lentil Bolognese with Spaghetti is a sweet and simple comfort food dish that will please everyone involved. Get yourself a big bowl of pasta and a hunk of garlic bread to mop up every last bit.

10.  Savory Walnut and Mushroom Bolognese

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You can have this Savory Walnut and Mushroom Bolognese by Lisa Andersson and Erik Huss on your plate within 30 minutes.  That is just what is needed after a long day at work or when unexpected dinner guests arrive.  The walnuts and mushrooms work together to bring and richness and familiar texture to the dish.  Enjoy with some vegan parmesan.

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