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Tofu Bolognese Recipe

20 minute healthy and delicious tofu bolognese recipe


This tofu Bolognese is simply delicious. Not only is it quick to prepare, but it’s also packed with natural and flavourful ingredients. With this recipe, you can have your meal ready in less than 20 minutes.




Here on the blog, you can already find several bolognese recipes, but the truth is that a tofu bolognese recipe was still missing. This recipe is simply delicious and I can say that the most challenging part of the recipe is shredding the tofu. Believe me! Despite the extensive list of ingredients, it is a really simple and quick recipe to prepare. In fact, it is the list of fresh and flavourful ingredients that brings this incredible tofu bolognese to life.


Bolognese: a super versatile sauce

Whatever the bolognese recipe, whether it’s with mushrooms, tofu, lentils or another ingredient, these recipes are always highly appreciated by the whole family. Moreover, this is a very versatile sauce that is perfect for various dishes. We use it, for example, combined with fresh pasta, as a filling for cannelloni, in lasagna, in pastries, pizzas and in many other recipes. In fact, there is no shortage of suggestions for using this super tasty sauce that is based on fresh tomatoes.The secret to cooking the best bolognese sauce is selecting the finest fresh ingredients.

From juicy and flavourful tomatoes to firm mushrooms or super fresh spinach, you can undoubtedly elevate the taste, texture and creaminess of a bolognese sauce.

The best tofu bolognese

I’m confident that this is the best tofu bolognese you’ll ever taste.

What sets this recipe apart is my clever technique for preparing the tofu. Instead of crumbling it like usual, I shredded it using a cheese grater. This creates delicate shreds that perfectly mimic the texture of ground meat, allowing the tofu to soak up the incredible flavours of the tomato sauce.

One of the great aspects of this tofu bolognese is its versatility. Feel free to add your favorite vegetables, such as carrots or zucchini for example, to enhance the dish with additional nutrition and texture.

Choosing tofu as the main ingredient in this recipe makes it a healthier option compared to traditional meat-based bolognese. Tofu is low in saturated fat and a good source of plant-based protein, making it a nutritious choice for those looking for a lighter meal without compromising on taste.


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Why you will love this tofu bolognese

  • Easy to make.
  • Perfect for omnivores and vegetarians.
  • An excellent option to include in your weekly meal prep.
  • You can cook a larger quantity, freeze it in portions and simply thaw it when it’s time to serve.
  • Truly delicious as well.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Buckwheat pasta
  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomato
  • Tomato purée
  • Peeled tomatos canned
  • Tofu block
  • Garlic
  • Red wine
  • Salt
  • Cumin
  • Spinach
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Coriander

How to prepare this delicious tofu bolognese

  1. Firstly, start by cooking the buckwheat pasta in salted water until al dente. Then, drain and set it aside.
  2. Next, shred the tofu using a cheese grater. Meanwhile, begin preparing the sauce.
  3. In a pot, heat a drizzle of olive oil and sauté the chopped onion until softened. After that, add the sliced brown mushrooms and the diced tomato, along with the tomato purée. Mix well and let it cook for a few minutes, stirring regularly to prevent burning.
  4. Then, add the grated tofu and mix everything together. Incorporate the chopped garlic and red wine, stirring until the alcohol evaporates.
  5. Once the alcohol has evaporated, pour in the blended peeled tomato, along with a pinch of salt, ground cumin, spinach, and nutritional yeast. Stir well and let it cook until the spinach wilts.
  6. Finally, add the cooked and drained pasta, as well as the chopped coriander. Mix everything together and serve your portion.


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Tips & suggestions for this delicious tofu bolognese

  • If you want to make this recipe even quicker and simpler, you can use store-bought tomato sauce. However, I recommend choosing a high-quality sauce made only with natural ingredients.
  • If you’re cooking for children, you can substitute the wine with a little pasta cooking water.
  • You can enhance the sauce by adding more vegetables, such as carrots or zucchini. If you decide to add these vegetables, remember to add them at the beginning so they have enough time to cook.
  • In this recipe, I paired it with buckwheat pasta. However, if you prefer a lighter version, you can serve it with zucchini noodles or sweet potato noodles, for example.
  • If you plan to freeze the sauce, I suggest portioning it beforehand, according to the number of people who will be consuming it. This way, you only need to defrost your portion and use it as desired.

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