Ditch the meat, not the flavor! This hearty Mushroom Bolognese is packed with umami-rich mushrooms and is simple to prepare. Serve it over your favorite pasta for a satisfying dinner.

Mushroom Bolognese


The earthy mushrooms are the foundation of this dish,  taking center stage, pulsed or finely chopped to mimic the texture of ground meat. Sautéed with aromatics onion, celery, and carrots, they release their rich juices, building a base brimming with savory goodness and rivaling its meaty counterparts.


Diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and a hint of optional red wine create a vibrant base. Classic Italian seasonings and a touch of soy sauce add depth, while nutritional yeast brings a nutty richness to this irresistible sauce.

Mushroom & Aromatics Base Cooked Down
Mushroom & Aromatics Base Cooked Down
Sauces and Spices Added to Mushroom Mixture
Sauces and Spices Added to Mushroom Mixture
Prepare Pasta Separately
Separately Prepare Pasta
Mushroom Bolognese Ingredients
Mushroom Bolognese Ingredients


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Mushroom Bolognese

Ditch the meat, not the flavor! This hearty Mushroom Bolognese is packed with umami-rich mushrooms and is simple to prepare. Serve it over your favorite pasta for a satisfying dinner.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings: 6



Prepare Pasta

  • Prepare pasta of choice according to package instructions. Reserve 1½ cup of pasta water aside. Drain pasta and set aside.
    Craving a classic pasta? Fettuccine or linguine work wonders. Want a heartier bite? Rigatoni grabs more of the chunky sauce. For a protein boost, try lentil or chickpea pasta!
    1 lb Fettuccine Pasta

Prepare Bolognese Base

  • Add a generous drizzle of olive to large sauté pan over medium heat. Dice and add onion to pan. Dice celery & carrots and add to pan. Cook about 4-5 minutes to soften. Add garlic and cook about 2-3 more minutes.
    Drizzle Olive Oil, 1 Medium Onion, 2 Ribs Celery, Large Handful Baby Carrots, 2 tbsp Minced Garlic

Prepare Mushrooms

  • Wash & remove end of stems from mushrooms. Using a food processor, pulse mushrooms a handful of times to finely chop (or easily use a knife to rough chop into fine pieces). Add mushrooms to pan and cook down (uncovered) about 6-10 minutes until most of the liquid generated by the mushrooms evaporates.
    1 Package Baby Bella Mushrooms (24 oz)

Add Sauces & Combine Seasonings

  • Add all sauces and seasonings and mix until combined. Cover and reduce heat to just medium-low. Cook about 15 minutes until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.
    1 Can Diced Tomatoes (15 oz each), 1 Can Tomato Sauce (15oz), ¼ Cup Dry Red Wine, 2 tbsp Soy Sauce, 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning, 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast, 1 tsp Salt, ½ tsp Pepper
  • Taste this mixture a couple of times and adjust the spices accordingly. You may likely need to add additional salt.


  • Serve bolognese on top of cooked pasta. Serve with salt & pepper, nutritional yeast, and fresh basil (if available).