Sunday, January 3, 2010

Spaghetti Sauce Bolognese

Bolognese sauce is "meat sauce".   Yes, a Bolognese sauce is a  non sequitor on a vegetarian cooking blog.  This version has no meat at all, but no one would know it.  This is a vegetarian and crock adaptation of my favorite Bolognese sauce from my prior omnivorous life.  The original was a weekly staple in my kitchen for over 20  years.  This version is even lower fat than the original, loaded with protein, and easy on the waistline.  The recipe as listed is the perfect amount for a pound of dry pasta.  The recipe doubles well for larger groups.

Winner, Loser, or Meh

This was a true winner. Uncle Meat & Potatoes didn't seem to notice that it wasn't really meat in the sauce.  He declared it delicious and had two helpings.  Auntie EQ and I also had some. Four teenagers, who usually have no interest in the adult fare served at the house wandered out of their lair and gobbled the rest of it.


I used a 2 1/2-3 quart crock for this

  • 1 Tbls olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic,minced
  • 12 oz package Morningstar Grillers Crumbles, defrosted
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 4  8 ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 3 tsp sugar or equivalent Splenda (I used Splenda)
  • 2 "Not-Beef" Natural Bouillon Cubes
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper 
  • (optional) 1/4 cup dry red wine
Heat oil over medium high heat in medium skillet.  Saute onions until translucent, add garlic and saute for another two minutes.  Add to crock.  (This step could be omitted and the ingredients placed directly in the crock but the depth of flavor would not be the same).  Add all other ingredients except wine.  Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 3-4.  Stir in wine (if using) and continue cooking for another 20-30 minutes. Serve over pasta with optional sprinklings of Parmesan or other aged Italian cheese.


  1. I just found your blog and am so thrilled! Got a new crockpot for Christmas and am always on the lookout for new recipes. Tonight I am trying your Thai Tofu Vegetable Curry - it already smells delicious!! :) Silke

  2. Glad you found the site. I love that curry. I have made it since. Don't be afraid to go wild and add more curry paste.

  3. Just found your site, wish you would write more....