Sneaky vegetarian/vegan pasta Bolognese
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Sneaky vegetarian/vegan pasta Bolognese

As you all know, I am not completely vegetarian, but I do often cook without meat. This came to be thanks to my current environment, where lots of my friends are vegetarian or vegan, but where I come from, this is far from the standard. Therefore, it is sometimes nice to have recipes that resemble easy to make, traditional meat dishes, but as a meat-eater, I find a lot of the replacement meats far from similar to real meat. However, this Bolognese dish (that I made by accident) stole my heart and I thought to share it with you. It is very quick to make, also if you are cooking for a bigger group.

You need:

  • Olive oil
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • About 7 falafel balls
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomato puree
  • (Wholewheat) pasta, for instance spaghetti
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Pepper
  • Cayennepepper
  • And all the veggies you would like in the pasta like paprika or zucchini

First, you can put the water up and put the pasta in for the recommended cooking time. So now, we can start with the sauce. First you’ll have to slice the garlic, onion and veggies as you like. Then you’ll also have to cut the falafel balls into 4 parts. Then you really heat up your pan and put a little bit of olive oil in it. Then you’ll have to bake the onions and garlic, and after a minute you add the falafel. Let this cook for a while, since you want to make the falafel as crunchy as possible without burning it (so stir often). Then you add the veggies, the tomato puree and the diced tomatoes, along with all the herbs and spices mentioned. Then you can stir this and really let it simmer on low to medium heat for about ten minutes with some stirring once in a while. When the pasta is ready, you can add that as well at this point. By letting it simmer, the flavors will really mix with the tomato sauce and the pasta and it will cook the other veggies as well. When stirring, you’ll see the falafel falling apart, which is exactly what you want, since they function as the minced meat you’d normally use, which is why you wanted them to already be crunchy and a little broken up before the sauce came in the pan. Another way to serve this is to leave the falafel whole and stir very gently. In that way, they can function as the meatballs, in case you like the Lady and the Tramp style more!

After a little taste, you can either add some more spices or you can serve the dish! For people that do eat dairy, a little cheese is always a nice topper for this dish of course. For people with a vegan lifestyle, yeast flakes can be nice!

I hope you’ll enjoy this dish, so let me know what you think and if you have ways to tweak this recipe!

Lots of love,


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Hi there! My name is Lisa and I am the author of Mind and Body Intertwined. I have a bachelor's and a master's degree in psychology. During my study, I found out how much the mind and the body are connected and it fascinated me, which is why I started my blog. Would you like to join me on this little corner of the world?

4 Comments on “Sneaky vegetarian/vegan pasta Bolognese

  1. Oh wow, this looks so tasty! The pictures look amazing I will deffo have to try this out myself sometime.

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