Friday, January 13, 2012

Vegan Pasta Bolognese

This is a very tasty dish, and it uses a few shortcuts for those busy weekday meals. I typically have a bag of Trader Joes faux meatballs in my freezer, but yesterday I did not feel like a dish with meatballs --- rather a hearty bolognese sauce. I thawed a about 10 faux meatballs, chopped them up, fried them with a 1/2 onion and 1 ts of olive oil, added a cup of Giada’s vegetable marinara sauce (at Target), 1/2 cup of vegetable broth, a handful of frozen kale (Wholefoods!), some salt, pepper, 1 grated garlic clove, 2 TB ketchup, a squirt of hot sauce, a cube of frozen basil, 1 TB of goat cheese crumbs, and voila a very tasty Bolognese sauce. I simmered it for 10 min, while the pasta cooked, and dinner was ready.

Plus, a serving of pasta for lunch today! 

Vegan Bolognese (2 servings):
  • 10 meatless meatballs (e.g. Trader Joes)
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 ts olive oil
  • 1 cup Giada’s Marinara Sauce with vegetables
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth (or water)
  • 1/2 –1 cup frozen or fresh kale
  • salt, pepper, to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 2 TB ketchup
  • 1 ts hot sauce
  • fresh or frozen basil
  • 1 TB goat cheese crumbs
  • 4 oz of penne pasta
Thaw the meatballs (2 min in the microwave), and chop into crumbs. Heat the oil and saute the onion. Add the meatballs, and saute for about 5min on medium so that the faux meatball crumbs slightly caramelized. Add all the other ingredients, mix carefully and simmer for  about 10 min. Cook pasta according to instructions, drain and serve with sauce!



  1. It looks delicious! And really, I wish we had Trader Joes in Canada... I think I'd have a hard time finding everything to make that recipe with what is available to me. :(

  2. Awh! I will post a recipe tomorrow that is more generic and uses canned tomatoes. As for the meatless meatball, something like Gimme Lean Sausage would also work, and you can use your favorite jarred marinara sauce.