Super Easy Pasta Bolognese

Being that it is now freezing and gloomy outside in my part of the world, I have had quite a hankering for pasta Bolognese. I always think of it as the perfect food to warm me up on a not so cozy evening.

I tried to make it using tempeh just last week. And well, it didn’t exactly hit the spot. So, off I went to purchase some textured vegetable protein. I never buy this stuff on a normal trip to the market- but for this dish, I am very glad that I did. It makes a great (although very tomato-y) Bolognese sauce in mere minutes.

Mmmm… thank you Bologna.

Bolognese Sauce (not necessarily authentic) ~ Vegan & Gluten Free


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bouillon cube (I used no chick’n)
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1 cup Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
  • 1/3 cup red wine (used merlot)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar- more or less, depending on the quality
  • 12 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • dash- 1/2 tsp each of dehydrated red bell pepper, dehydrated onion, oregano, sage, basil, and marjoram

In medium sized saucepan, bring 1 cup water, bouillon cube, fennel seed and crushed garlic to a boil. Remove from heat and add TVP. Stir in red wine and balsamic vinegar. Cover and let set about 5 minutes or until fluffy.

Return to med-low heat and add in tomato paste, olive oil, 1/2 cup water, almond milk, salt, and spices. Cook about 1 minute and then reduce heat to low, simmering until hot. Be sure to stir occasionally as you cook it to prevent any sticking to the pot.

Serve over your favorite pasta. I like tinkyada, in pretty much any variety. After cooking pasta and rinsing quickly with cold water, I return the pasta to the pot I cooked it in and add about 4 tbsp olive oil and lightly salt.

So easy! So good.

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19 Responses to Super Easy Pasta Bolognese

  1. Emma says:

    Hi Allyson, I know this is an old post but I was browsing your recipe index and came across this one. Sounds and looks delicious and I’d love to make it but have just one question..
    I don’t know if it’s a US/UK culinary term difference but by “tomato paste” do you mean the concentrated stuff in a tube or canned tomatoes or purée ? Thanks in advance :)

    • Allyson says:

      oooh, good question, Emma! I’m talking about the concentrated stuff in the tube (in the US it’s sold in very small cans)– don’t use pureed or canned tomatoes. Hope that helps!


      • Emma says:

        Thanks for the speedy response. 12oz is very tomato-ey then! I’ll have to get some more “tomato paste” before making this tomorrow night then…:)

  2. Beach Mama says:

    This sounds so yummy! I haven’t yet used TVP in a spaghetti sauce yet. I like the addition of wine too. I may add chunky, sauteed veggies as well because I’m so bad at following recipes to the letter. . . Thanks so much for this recipe Allyson!

  3. Cathy says:

    That looks good! It’s a lot simpler than my vegan bolognese recipe. I’m going to make yours and see if I can justify all my extra work :)

  4. Vee says:

    I love TVP. But it makes me toot.

  5. Mihl says:

    I love TVP in bolognese! You are right, it provides a great texture.

  6. Gauri Radha गौरी राध says:

    That looks very good!!

  7. Jojo says:

    That looks so delicious, bolognaise was one of the first things I made as a vegan.

  8. Morgan says:

    Looks delicious and so satisfying!

  9. Sheila says:

    Thanks for this! Looks like a great 6 o’clock solution!

  10. Thank you! I have been trying to make a good vegan “meat” sauce for weeks now but could never seem to get the right taste/texture. Now I know that there are some secret ingredients I was missing out on. I’m trying this tonight!

  11. Katrina says:

    This looks so delicious! Great recipe.

  12. Wendi says:

    I made this too, but your seasoning combo looks way better than mine AND I had no wine. Never considered sage or marjoram. :o(

    I will use yr recipe next time!

  13. kittee says:

    Look, up in the sky!
    It’s a bird!
    It’s a plane!
    It’s Textured Vegetable Protein!
    Faster than a streak of lightning,
    More powerful than the pounding surf,
    Mightier than a roaring hurricane!!


    • allyson says:

      Yes, TVP – strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal beans…

  14. Nicole says:

    Hey I made that for dinner last night too! Must be something in the air.. ;)