Delicious Vegan Bolognese Recipe

Delicious Vegan Bolognese Recipe


Delicious classic red pasta sauce uses a variety of veggies, lots of fresh herbs, mushrooms, and lentils to unlock a ton of flavor.



  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 onion minced or diced finely
  • 1 rib celery minced or diced finely
  • 1 medium carrot minced or diced finely
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms white or brown; minced or diced finely
  • 1/4 large eggplant peeled and minced or diced finely


  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley chopped finely
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil chopped finely
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh sage chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves chopped finely


  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon miso
  • 4 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup shelled hemp hearts
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 15 oz canned tomato sauce
  • 1 can cooked lentils 15-oz
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened unflavored plant milk

Optional Garnishes

  • Parsley basil, and sage leaves, chopped finely
  • Grated vegan parmesan cheese
  • Nutritional yeast

Cooking Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, onion, carrot, celery, and eggplant. Saute for 3 minutes, stirring continuously. Add the mushrooms, continue to stir for another 4 minutes. Add the chopped herbs and cook for 3 minutes, still stirring.
  • Add the wine and bay leaf and scrape up any bits stuck on the bottom of the pot. Cook and stir for 5 minutes, until the wine has evaporated.
  • Add the tomato paste, miso, and hemp hearts. Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add the vegetable stock, lentils, tomato sauce, soy sauce, and plant milk, again scraping any stuck bits from the bottom of the pot. When the sauce returns to a simmer, reduce to low heat and cover the saucepan. Cook at least for another 20 minutes, up to 40 minutes to develop the flavor.
  • Serve sauce over pasta with any of the optional garnishes.


If you have any doubt about the quantity, make a double batch. It’s easy to eat a lot of this sauce.