Bolognese Sauce

by Jill Dalton

Bolognese is not your average pasta sauce. It is a flavorful, vegetable packed sauce that is traditionally served over wide pasta noodles and is a hearty meal in itself.

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Bolognese Sauce

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Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 3.6/5
( 33 voted )


1 red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces (226g) mushrooms, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup (118ml) white wine (or vegetable broth)
28 ounces (793g) pureed fire roasted tomatoes
1 cup (236ml) vegetable stock
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
sprinkle of nutmeg
optional: 2 tablespoons oats blended into 1/2 cup (118ml) water


  1. Sauté onions for 5 minutes using a little bit of water to keep the onions from sticking.
  2. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms have released all of their water and the mushrooms are almost dry.
  3. Add the carrots, celery, tomato paste and white wine and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and cook for at least 30 minutes on medium low heat.
  5. Remove bay leaves.
  6. If you want to add just a hint of creaminess, then add the blended oat and water mixture to the sauce.
  7. Serve over a wide noodle pasta like linguini or fettuccini.
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RENATE L. OTTO April 2, 2022 - 2:10 pm

Most other vegan Bolognese recipes consist mainly of tomato sauce with lentils. This recipe is so much more interesting and creative! Love all the veggies. 🙂

Dick Wright April 5, 2022 - 9:41 pm

Made this tonight and the entire family loved it! Of course pasta with anything is good, right? Just a note for others, dice the carrot really small unless you want some crunch. Mine were a little course, and even cooking the sauce for 1 hour left a little crunch…we thought it was great and my daughter wanted the recipe. Thanks Jill for another winner!

letitia Davis April 11, 2022 - 6:16 pm

We had this tonight and it was the bomb! My carnivorous hubby even thought it was delicious.

Judy Wright April 25, 2022 - 7:19 pm

I made this tonight and it was delicious! Everything about it was spot on . . . even the crunch of the celery and carrots. I am gluten free and found a new pasta which worked perfectly with it. The brand is Liviva Fettuccine noodles and the ingredients are organic soybeans and water. Held up wonderfully while cooking and was delicious with this Bolognese sauce! Thanks for this recipe! 🙂

VICTORIA HOLT DI MEO August 25, 2022 - 4:19 am

I would really like to recommend this absolutely delicious sauce! It is packed with flavour and really satisfies the taste buds. My 13 and 9yr old gobbled it up as did my husband! On the weekly list it shall go! Bravo to Jill who so carefully and cleverly crafts these truly wholesome and delicious recipes!


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