Best Vegetarian Pasta Bolognese

Pasta Bolognese is definitely one of our family favorites. It is a comfortable dish, the flavor is great and it is a great dish to prepare ahead. Since I am trying to eat more vegetables, I substituted the beef for chestnut mushrooms. These mushrooms add a great savory flavor to the sauce and, in small pieces, it almost looks like cooked beef. Because of the other ingredients and the cooking time, this dish really tastes like a regular pasta bolognese. I promise you, you won’t miss any meat.

Best Vegetarian Pasta Bolognese

Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Cooking pan
  • Kitchen Processor


Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Celery Stick
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 300 gram Chestnut Mushrooms
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Some Thyme
  • 350 ml Passata
  • 150 ml Red Wine
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • 6 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 200 ml Stock like vegetable stock


  • 300 gram Dried Spaghetti
  • Cheese
  • Some Parsley



  • Cut the celery, onion and carrots in small cubes. And cut the garlic in slices.
  • Use a food processor with a blade to cut the mushrooms very small. If you don't have a foodprocessor, you can just slice the mushrooms very fine by hand.

Sauce Making

  • Heat the olive oil in a baking pan, and add the onion, garlic, celery and carrot cubes.
  • When the onion turns glassy, add the mushrooms, thyme and bay leaves.
  • Bake for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are brown. Then add the flour and keep stirring to make sure the flour doesn't burn on the bottom of the pan.
  • After 5 minutes, add the red wine and let the mixture cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Then add the stock and passata, and let the sauce cook for 1 hour on a low heat.

Pasta Cooking

  • Cook the pasta in salted water following the instructions on the package.
  • When the sauce is ready and the pasta is cooked, add one soup spoon of cooking liquid (from the pasta) to the sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil again.
  • Mix the drained and cooked pasta with the sauce. Serve the pasta with cheese and fresh parsley!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Sustainable
Keyword: Futureproof, Healthy

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