The Ultimate Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

by Shaula Saldaña August 19, 2019

The Best Vegan Traditional Bolognese Recipe 

Spaghetti a la Bolognesa Vegano

Spaghetti bolognese is, without a doubt, a classic. As a vegan or vegetarian, preparing this recipe can be tricky as beef is one of the main ingredients. The best alternative is to use textured soy protein as a substitute, the consistency is very close to minced meat. However, this won't work for people with soy allergies.

Today I'll share with you how to prepare a delicious, 100% vegan and soy-free bolognese sauce that will make you travel to Italy in no time!

Keep reading to find the whole recipe.

Serving size: 2 to 4 people

Preparation time: 35 minutes


  • 200g of wholewheat spaghetti, or any pulse pasta of your choice

For the sauce:

  • 2 cups of tomato sauce
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, rinsed and cut in half
  • 6 dried tomatoes
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • ¼ cup of lentils, cooked and drained
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced 
  • 1 cup of the pasta water
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon of coconut sugar
  • Nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste


  • A couple of chopped walnuts
  • Some fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Nutritional yeast


    1. Preheat your oven at 375°F (180°C).
    2. In a large pot, boil salted water to cook your pasta. Prepare it according to the package instructions. When ready, drain and set aside. Keep around 1 cup of the pasta water.
    3. Put your cherry tomatoes in the oven for 10 minutes until soft.
    4. In a large skillet or pot, warm the oil. Add the onion and cook at low heat until soft.
    5. Add the carrot and the celery afterward. Cook until soft. At last, add the chopped garlic until it's soft and brown.
    6. Chop the dried tomatoes and add them in the skillet with the pasta water. Stir occasionally. 
    7. Take out of the oven your cherry tomatoes and add them in the skillet or pot. Stir. Add some water if necessary.
    8. Allow it to cook for a few minutes. Then add your tomato sauce, lentils, and the balsamic vinegar. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, chili powder and sugar to taste. Allow it to marinate for 10 minutes.
    9. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet. Toss in the sauce until well combined, let it cook for a few minutes then remove from fire and serve. 
    Serve with chopped walnut and fresh basil on top! Also, if you are craving for cheese, you can sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top! 

      Vegan Bolognese

      I hope this recipe will make you enjoy spaghetti Bolognese once again!

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      Shaula Saldaña
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