Bolognese Recipe

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Easy Vegan Bolognese Recipe

A very quick, throw-together dinner for when you’re late back from swimming lessons. You’ll just need a few cupboard/freezer basics to get it together quickly.

It can be a great dish to get loads of servings of vegetables in as well as beans/legumes.

Print the recipe below.

Bolognese cupboard basics

Soya mince

There are plenty of good makes to choose from. The one I used in the picture was Clearspring Soya Mince (picture below) which is dried and minimally processed and needs 10 minutes rehydrating. There are also good ones you can use straight away such as the Vivera brand mince (which can be frozen) and Meat the Alternative (which is frozen). Be careful with some of the brands as they can be quite processed and have a long list of added ingredients. I try and steer clear of these.


A serving of beans or lentils is very important for a healthy diet. Tinned beans (some ideas are haricot, butter beans mashed up, or cannellini) only need heating up. Half a cup of red lentils don’t take long to cook or a tin of beluga lentils. Biona or Mr Organic are great brands for these and have BPA free lining in their tins.

Marinara Sauce

I had some home made sauce from an earlier batch cook. I like The Cook & Him recipe. If you don’t have any a jar of good quality sauce is perfectly acceptable. I like the Le Conserve Della Nonna Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce, Organico Tomato & Basil Sauce or Mr Organic Bolognese Sauce. There’s loads out there. Just check the ingredients for any weird ingredients or loads of sugar.

I recommend this homemade recipe from The Cook & Him


You can use any mix of vegetables you’ve got handy. For ideas use, carrot, onion (especially if these aren’t already in your sauce), courgette, minced kale (process it), mushrooms. The picture shows roasted aubergine.


Try a wholewheat or one of the pastas made from beans like chickpea or pea pasta.

Yield: 4

Vegan Bolognese

An easy throw-together quick dinner. Use up some cupboard staples and be ready to eat in less than 30 minutes

prep time: 5 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 30 mins


  • 1 cup soya mince
  • 1 tin beans or lentils, rinsed
  • 1 jar tomato pasta sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Mix of vegetables: onion, carrot, celery, mushrooms, courgette, aubergine, minced kale, spinach
  • Dried pasta


  1. Sautee the onion and carrots for two minutes in a couple of tablespoons of water.  Add the garlic and and fry for another minute.
  2. Add the mince and fry for two minutes.
  3. Bring a pan of water to the boil and then add your pasta. Cook according to the packet instructions.
  4. Add the other vegetables, beans/lentils and sauce to your bolognese pan. Bring to a simmer for 15 minutes. (If using dried lentils make sure they've softened.)
  5. Season
  6. Add the pasta to the sauce pan and serve.
  7. (If you make a large batch you can always scoop out some sauce before adding the pasta and freeze for another day.)
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