Simple Vegan Bolognese

With Veganz Soy Mince and Grated Gourmet Mild

A true classic among pasta sauces and eternally remembered by nearly everybody as their favourite childhood food: yummy bolognese for those days when you’re really hungry. For this hearty dish, all it takes is a few steps to prepare a flavourful tomato sauce. In place of minced meat, use our Veganz Soy Mince to give the meal its meaty texture. One thing you can definitely be sure of: this vegan bolognese recipe is at least as good as the meat-based version that you surely remember from your childhood.

Ragù alla bolognese – the typical minced meat sauce veganised for you

Did you know: in its country of origin, the minced meat sauce from the northern Italian city of Bologna is actually never served with spaghetti like it often is in many other countries! The Italians tend to serve the sauce with tagliatelle. And just like most other types of pasta made in Italy, tagliatelle isn’t vegan either! Traditionally, the dough is made with egg, so you won’t just need to pay attention to the sauces on your next holiday, but also to the type of pasta they use!

How to veganise a traditional bolognese sauce

Based on the original bolognese sauce – made with carrot, celery, onion, puréed tomatoes, and vegetable stock – there’s not actually much you need to change to make the sauce vegan. Simply use your plant-based alternative to minced meat of choice – like the Veganz Soy Mince. First, soak it, then drain it, and finally fry the Soy Mince until it smells roasted. After that, you simply prepare the sauce the same way as usual: sauté the vegetables, add tomato paste, and douse it with chunky and puréed tomatoes.


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  • 150 g Veganz Soy Mince
  • 3 Onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 carrots
  • 150 g celery
  • 850 ml cans of chunky tomatoes
  • 500 ml puréed tomatoes
  • 100 ml tomato purée
  • 300 ml vegetable stock
  • 3 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 tsp dried basil
  • agave syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil for frying
  • fresh basil leaves
  • Grated Gourmet Mild, the alternative to cheese

Here’s how it works.

  1. Prepare the Veganz Soy Mince according to the instructions on the packet.

  2. For the vegan bolognese, finely chop the onions, carrots, and celery and press the garlic.

  3. Next, pour a little olive oil into a large pan and fry the Veganz Soy Mince on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Now, reduce the heat, add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic, combine, and fry the mixture for approx. another 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in the tomato paste and then douse the mixture with the vegetable stock.

  5. Next, add the chunky canned tomato, puréed tomato, and the herbs. Leave the sauce to simmer for about 10 minutes.

  6. Finally, season the vegan bolognese sauce with salt and pepper. Optionally, add a little agave syrup to bring out the fruity flavour of the tomatoes. If you like, garnish the vegan bolognese with a little fresh basil and Veganz Grated Gourmet alternative to cheese. Bon appetit!

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Recipe from: Hier kocht Alex
Alexander Flohr, better known as "Hier kocht Alex" is not exactly the prototype vegan considering he is a master road builder. As a YouTuber, cookbook author, and TV chef, he shows with his recipes that you don’t have to do without as a vegan. From Königsberger meatballs to Soljanka, he brings well-known classics to the table in a purely plant-based version!
Copyright: Hier kocht Alex
Photo: Hier kocht Alex

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