Chef and cookbook author Marie Rama has launched a vegan bolognese sauce that was inspired by a personal health scare.

Marie had written a cookbook called Bacon Nation, with recipes using bacon – during the course of creating recipes for the book, her husband, Mark, ate many of her bacon-filled recipes, and was diagnosed with heart disease a short time after Bacon Nation’s publication.


The couple realized they needed to make a change, and made the switch to a whole-food plant-based and oil-free diet. After making the change, the couple has reported that Mark is healthier than ever, and now they’ve created Fresh N Free and released a plant-based bolognese sauce to help others eat healthy plant-based meals without sacrificing flavor.

The new sauce uses walnuts for a meaty texture, along with shredded cauliflower, carrots, onions, mushrooms, and garlic. The gluten-free sauce has 60 calories per serving and retails for around $14.00.

“I cooked up a storm of vegan soups, stews, salads, shakes, and one recipe brought me to an ‘ah ha’ moment — a vegetable Bolognese,” said Marie. “I thought if I could get the sauce into a jar and make it shelf stable, I’d have a unique product not only for vegans, but also for moms, healthy eaters, dieters, and any one looking for a multi-vegetable, oil-free pantry sauce.”

You can purchase Fresh N Free’s Vegetable Bolognese Sauce at more than 30 stores and on Amazon.


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Make Vegan Bolognese At Home!

Would you rather make your own plant-based bolognese sauce? Here are some ideas to get you started!

Bolognese Sauce

This versatile Bolognese Sauce is perfect for pasta dishes. Plus, it’s made with tempeh, mushrooms, and lentils for a “meaty” texture and flavor.


Pasta Bolognese

Try this Pasta Bolognese with beefy soy protein crumbles for your next group dinner. It’s great for sharing!

Hearty Lentil Broccoli Bolognese

This Hearty Lentil Broccoli Bolognese uses walnuts, lentils, and mushrooms for its meaty sauce! You can even add more veggies like broccoli and kale for an even more nutritious meal.

Looking for more plant-based cooking ideas? Download the Food Monster App, it’s available for both Android and iPhone. The app is loaded with thousands of allergy-friendly & vegan recipes/cooking tips, has hundreds of search filters and features like bookmarking, meal plans and more!

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