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Vegetable Bolognese

  • Author: Beth Hornback
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Italian


All the goodness of pasta with a “meaty” red sauce, but made entirely of vegetables and nuts! You won’t believe it’s vegan!



  • 3 pounds zucchini (2 to 3 inches in diameter – for making the “zoodles”)
  • 1 head of cauliflower (broken into large florets)
  • 2 carrots (peeled)
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms (cleaned and stems trimmed)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (halved or quartered)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes (I love the Muir Glen brand)
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional (adds a savory quality))
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (to taste)


  1. Place sundried tomatoes to soak in warm water while you prep the veggies.
  2. In a food processor, pulse or shred the cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and garlic until they are all shredded or pulsed into very fine pieces.
  3. Add the shredded vegetables to a large, deep nonstick or cast iron skillet on medium-high heat.
  4. Sweat/saute the vegetables until they reduce in volume and the water is mostly cooked out.
  5. Grind the walnuts into a coarse meal using a food processor, and add to the skillet along with the salt, dried herbs, and nutritional yeast. Stir to combine and “bloom” the seasonings.
  6. Drain the sundried tomatoes from the soaking liquid and add to the food processor along with 1 can of crushed tomatoes. Puree until smooth, then add to the pan along with the second can of tomatoes. Taste for seasonings, and add 1 tsp. maple syrup if the sauce seems too acidic.
  7. Bring to a simmer, then reduce to low, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through and slightly reduced.
  8. While the sauce is simmering, prepare the “zoodles.”
  9. Using a spiralizer or similar tool, julienne the zucchini into long noodle-like shapes. To prevent extra-long strands, pierce a sharp knife into the squash vertically along the length in 1 inch intervals. This will provide a stopping point for the blade and create shorter “zoodles.”
  10. This sauce is also great over pasta!