Recipe: Vegetarian Bolognese

Vegetarian Bolognese Recipe

makes 4 servings

We’ve had this vegetarian bolognese recipe 4 times over the past few months since we’ve been on the China Study Diet. While many vegetarian and meatless recipes scare most people, I’d encourage you to give this a try because it’s delicious!

Adding to the fact that it’s delicious, it’s also one of Olivia Wilde’s favorite recipes…I’m not sure what that says, but in this case: I’ll have what she’s having.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or canola oil to save on the saturated fats)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 package tempeh, crumbled (great source of protein!) We’ve tried it with and without the tempeh and you can’t even tell it’s in there. Both were great though.
  • 1/4 cup red cooking wine
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 zucchini, diced
  • 1 eggplant, peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 12 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Pasta (your choice) or Arugula leaves We haven’t tried it with the arugula leaves yet but we will.

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In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes.

Add mushrooms, tempeh, red wine, and butter to skillet. Stir and then add zucchini, eggplant, carrot, basil and parsley. Stir well to combine and cook 10-12 minutes until the vegetables are fairly soft.

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Add tomato sauce, oregano, rosemary, and red pepper flakes. Stir again and cook an additional 5 minutes.

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Serve it up over your choice of pasta and enjoy!

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Original recipe found at Women’s Health Magazine

About the Author

By , on Aug 22, 2012
Andy Tenton
Andy is a 30-something New Yorker who turned his financial life around. He took charge of his finances, got out of debt, and is now working his way toward financial success. He is the publisher of

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  1. Mary Slagel says:

    Wow, I must really like this recipe if I have commented on it twice! Sorry about that. I don’t know why I haven’t tried it yet. Will have to pin it today so I can make it tomorrow night.

  2. Mary Slagel says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. I am not a vegetarian but I will always go for a vegetarian version before eating meat. I will definitely have to try this.

  3. That looks so delicious it is making my mouth water. I love the color variety in it. Definitely a healthy, yummy choice.

  4. Add in some lentils and you are all set. I really need to stop coming around here when I’m hungry.

  5. Shilpan says:

    Awesome pictures. I am a vegetarian, so people ask me all the time about my diet. Now, it’s even easier for me since Andy is sharing these great recipes. 🙂

  6. Ornella says:

    I will have to try this, too. It look delicious

  7. I am waiting on some paleo diet dishes Andy! This one looks pretty good though!

    • Andy says:

      We haven’t done any Paleo yet, Thad. I’ve thought about it but just haven’t taken the time to specifically look for a paleo recipe. I’ll see what I can work up here in the coming weeks.

  8. Michelle says:

    I love vegetarian dishes that DON’T have soy! I’m super sensitive to it (not allergic). You guys eat so light! Are you losing any weight? Not that either of you have much to lose!

    • Andy says:

      I’ve lost about 10 pounds and Holly has lost a few as well. We’ll be weighing and measuring on Monday so it will be interesting to see what the results say. We had a pretty bad weekend in regards to food…so while many of our meals are light and healthy, we spoil it when we’re gorging at the baseball game or when visiting my dad.

  9. Hmmm, I have all of these ingredients at home now. Why not? Hehe.

  10. AverageJoe says:

    Dude, have you seen your own pics? Olivia Wilde has nothing on you, man. 😉

    If both you and Olivia like it, I’ve gotta give this a run this week. Thanks!

    • Andy says:

      Olivia Wilde has much more than I can offer! Plus she’s dating Andy Sudeikas who is a Jayhawk which makes her cooler than ever. ROCK CHALK!

  11. Daisy says:

    THis looks delicious and meaty, even without the meat. You can also put lentils in it for some protein!

    • Andy says:

      The lentils could definitely be added but I’d be a little nervous about their texture. Since they’re kind of mushy sometimes it might just blend right in with the mushy vegetables. Saying that the tempeh was a great source of protein and you’d never know that it was in there. It doesn’t taste like anything and the texture wasn’t bad at all.

  12. Looks great! I’ve been looking for recipes to incorporate zucchini into my diet a bit more. Thanks!

  13. Michelle says:

    Looks tasty! I always make the same things over and over again, so boring. Will definitely make this soon.

  14. That looks delicious and once again you are making me feel like a very incompetent housewife. We had a Red Baron pizza for dinner =(

    • Andy says:

      🙂 We try to stay away from anything that’s processed and packaged. We eat pasta and things but we rarely eat meals out of a box. Come on Mrs. Morticianer…take care of that health!

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