Spaghetti Bolognese | Mushroom Bolognese

This spaghetti Bolognese recipe is easy to make as a deliciously rustic and family-friendly dish. A vegan and vegetarian version of classic spaghetti Bolognese this recipe includes a flavorful tomato sauce loaded with lots of mushrooms and fresh veggies


For Bolognese Sauce

  • ▢3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ▢½ cup finely chopped onions – 60 grams or 1 medium sized
  • ▢½ teaspoon finely chopped garlic or 2 small to medium-sized
  • ▢½ cup finely chopped carrots – 75 grams or 1 small to medium carrot
  • ▢1 tablespoon finely chopped celery
  • ▢3 to 3.5 cups button mushrooms – rinsed or wiped and sliced – 250 grams
  • ▢3 to 3.25 cups finely chopped tomatoes – 400 grams or 4 to 5 medium-sized
  • ▢¼ cup chopped basil
  • ▢½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ▢2 tablespoons tomato paste – optional
  • ▢1 teaspoon red chili flakes or cayenne pepper or red chili powder
  • ▢½ cup red wine
  • ▢½ cup water or vegetable stock
  • ▢¼ teaspoon white pepper or black pepper, add as required
  • ▢salt as required

For Cooking Spaghetti

  • ▢5 cups water
  • ▢1 teaspoon salt or as required
  • ▢250 grams spaghetti

For Garnish

  • ▢9 to 10 basil leaves


Making Mushroom Bolognese Sauce

  • Heat olive oil in a pan or skillet.
  • Add onions, carrots, celery and garlic.
  • Sauté for 4 to 5 minutes on medium-low heat until onions soften.
  • Add the chopped or sliced button mushrooms.
  • Mix and sauté until all water evaporates from the mushrooms.
  • Add the finely chopped tomatoes.
  • Mix and sauté tomatoes for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt, red chili flakes and white or black pepper.
  • Add wine and water or vegetable stock.
  • Mix and combine thoroughly.
  • Cover and simmer for 30 minutes on low to medium-low heat.
  • Check the pot or pan every few minutes, stir, and add a bit more water ¼ cup at a time if the sauce is cooking down too quickly and sticks to the pan.
  • When the sauce has thickened and done, set it aside.

Cooking Spaghetti

  • You can begin to cook the spaghetti when the sauce is covered and simmering. Boil water with salt in a pan.
  • Place the spaghetti gently in the hot boiling water.
  • Cook spaghetti on medium to medium-high heat according to package directions, until the spaghetti is al dente. 

Making Mushroom Spaghetti Bolognese

  • Strain the spaghetti in a colander reserving ½ cup of the pasta water.
  • Add the cooked spaghetti to the prepared bolognese sauce. Mix thoroughly. If the sauce looks thick you can add some of the pasta water to thin it and mix again
  • Mix and serve hot or warm.
  • If you prefer, place the plain spaghetti into a bowl or onto a plate first, and then top with the bolognese sauce.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve homemade vegan bolognese pasta with fresh basil on top for an extra pop of flavor.
  • You can grate on some parmesan cheese (dairy or vegan-friendly).
  • Or you can enjoy with a green salad and warm bowl of soup on the side for a complete meal.
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