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Healthy Vegan Bolognese Recipe

Where's the Beef? Who Cares! This Vegan Bolognese Is Too Good to Be True

A comforting bowl of spaghetti bolognese is often what's needed on a chilly Winter day (or any day, really). Loading up on beef, however, can leave you feeling heavy and tired. Solve this problem — and cut back on calories, fat, and cholesterol — with this recipe for vegan bolognese.

We made a batch of this in the office, and the carnivores went just as crazy for the recipe as those who stick to a vegan diet. With all the fresh veggies, herbs, and spices, the bolognese has the flavor of a traditional and homemade sauce, and most tasters were unaware that there was even tempeh in the recipe.

Olivia Wilde's Bomb-Diggity "Bolognese"

Olivia Wilde's Bomb-Diggity "Bolognese"


Serve over your favorite pasta or bed of wilted greens.

Healthy Vegan Bolognese Recipe


  1. 1/4 cup olive oil
  2. 1/2 medium onion, diced
  3. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1/2 cup mushrooms, diced
  5. 1/2 package tempeh, crumbled
  6. 1/4 cup red wine
  7. 1 teaspoon Earth Balance
  8. Salt and pepper
  9. 1/2 zucchini, diced
  10. 1 eggplant, peeled and diced
  11. 1 carrot, diced
  12. 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  13. 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  14. 12 ounces tomato sauce
  15. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  16. 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  17. 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat. Saute the onion and garlic for 5 minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms and tempeh to the skillet.
  3. Add red wine and Earth Balance spread, then add salt and pepper to taste; stir.
  4. Add zucchini, eggplant, carrot, basil, and parsley; stir well to combine. Cook 10 to 12 minutes, until veggies soften.
  5. Add tomato sauce, and stir. Sprinkle in oregano, rosemary, and red pepper flakes. Cook another 5 minutes.
  6. If sauce is too thick, add more wine or water; cover, and let simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove from heat, and serve over pasta. Garnish with basil and parsley, if desired.
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Nicole-Perry Nicole-Perry 3 years
I'm not a huge tempeh fan, but I thought this was great. Very savory and satisfying.
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