Vegan Bolognese

This vegan bolognese is the perfect sauce to pair with your favorite pasta. With tempeh as the protein source, the sauce is very hearty, healthy and flavorful. All you need is 30 minutes to cook this delicious vegan pasta sauce.


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Tempeh Bolognese

Over the years, I’ve made my fair share of vegan bolognese sauce, with lentils, vegan mince, mushrooms, even quinoa! Out of all the meat substitutes, tempeh is my favorite! Crumbled tempeh makes the sauce so rich, thick and hearty.

If you’ve never tried tempeh in your bolognese, I highly recommend you give it a try. Make a big batch, and store leftovers in the freezer (it keeps well for over a month). You can use it as a pasta sauce, lasagna filling, even for Sloppy Joes. Oh, and don’t forget vegan parmesan cheese, it makes a great topping for this sauce.

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Tempeh is a fermented soybean food from Indonesia. It’s a great plant-based protein source, with a meaty texture and nutty flavor. Because it easily absorbs any flavor or sauce, it is a very versatile ingredient to cook with. For this recipe, crumble tempeh with your hands or finely chop it with a knife.

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Other than tempeh, here’s what you will need to make bolognese:

  • olive oil
  • onion 
  • garlic
  • celery
  • carrot
  • tomato purée (tomato sauce)
  • tomato paste
  • soy sauce
  • vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • maple syrup
  • cumin
  • smoked paprika
  • salt
  • bay leaf
  • veg stock
  • cooking wine (optional)

A detailed recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

How to make Tempeh Bolognese

There are 3 simple steps to making this delicious sauce:

  1. Sauté the veggies for several minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Serve with your choice of pasta.

Not only is tempeh bolognese great with pasta, but its heartiness makes it a perfect filling for lasagnas and stuffed shells as well.

Store leftover bolognese in an airtight container for up to 5 days. In the freezer, it will keep well for up to 2 month.

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Vegan Bolognese with Tempeh

This vegan bolognese is the perfect sauce to pair with your favorite pasta. It's made with tempeh, so it's healthy, hearty, and so flavorful. All you need is 30 minutes to cook this delicious vegan pasta sauce.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200 grams tempeh crumbled
  • 1 onion minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 celery stalk minced
  • 1 small carrot minced
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato purée (tomato sauce)
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 450 ml veg stock
  • 1/2 cup cooking wine
  • salt to taste

Topping Suggestions

  • vegan parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley
  • chili flakes


  • Heat olive oil in a pan, and add onion, garlic, celery and carrot. Cook for 5 minutes, until soft.
  • Add crumbled tempeh, soy sauce, cumin and smoked paprika. Cook on medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add tomato purée, tomato paste, veg stock, Worcestershire sauce and cooking wine. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the sauce thickens too much, add some water to loosen it. Add salt to taste.
  • Serve with your favorite pasta. Top it with vegan parmesan cheese and parsely. Enjoy!



Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • オリーブオイル 大さじ2
  • テンペ 200g
  • 玉ねぎ、みじん切り 1個
  • ニンニク、みじん切り 3片
  • セロリの茎、みじん切り 1本
  • 小さめの人参、みじん切り 1本
  • トマトピューレ 1.5カップ
  • トマトペースト 大さじ4
  • 醤油 大さじ1
  • ウスターソース 大さじ1
  • メープルシロップ 大さじ1/2
  • クミン 小さじ1
  • スモークパプリカ 小さじ1.5
  • ローリエ 1枚
  • 野菜だし 450ml
  • 料理用白ワイン 1/2カップ
  • 塩 適量


  • ヴィーガンパルメザンチーズ
  • フレッシュパセリ
  • チリフレーク


  • テンペを細かくミンチにする。おろし金を使うと簡単にテンペを細かくできます。
  • 鍋にオリーブオイルを熱し、玉ねぎ、ニンニク、セロリ、人参を中火で5分炒める。
  • テンペ、醤油、クミン、スモークパプリカを加えて、5分炒める。
  • トマトピューレ、トマトペースト、野菜だし、ウスターソース、白ワインを加える。弱火で20分煮込む。煮詰まり過ぎたら、少量の水を入れてソースを薄めて下さい。仕上げは塩で味を調整する。
  • トッピングにヴィーガンパルメザンチーズをかけ、お好みのパスタとお召し上がりください。ラザニアの具にもオススメです。



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