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The Best “Meat” Sauce for Vegan Spaghetti


15 minutes


45 minutes



So, I did a thing and it turned out flipping fantastic. This “meat” sauce for vegan spaghetti is going to knock your socks off. I promise. It tastes better than the real deal and I wish I was joking. It’s so easy to eat more plants and I just made it that much easier with this vegan meat sauce recipe. So you’re welcome ;)!

This vegan spaghetti recipe can be made in one pot, there’s no meat, and it’s using real ingredients that are accessible to everyone, and any dietary requirement you have in your household or at your next dinner party. This meal is as comforting as a homemade dinner by your grandma, and it’s perfect for fall.

Big bowl of meat sauce for vegan spaghetti

Pile of vegan spaghetti on white plateThe secret ingredients to vegan spaghetti:

The two-star ingredients to this recipe are walnuts and mushrooms and they offer you a decent amount of protein so this vegan meat sauce recipe will fill you right up! Walnuts have so many great benefits. Walnuts are:

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • A super plant source of Omega-3s
  • Helps decrease inflammation
  • Promotes a healthy gut
  • May help manage or prevent disease
  • Can help lower your blood sugar

vegan spaghetti in big bowl

… and seriously, the list goes on. Walnuts are so rich in flavor and they really compliment this recipe well by making it super flavourful. On top of that, I’ve also leaned on mushrooms for this recipe. Traditionally vegan meat sauces are made with lentils, but I really wanted to try something different with this recipe, and so many people struggle with digesting lentils. Mushrooms are packed with nutritional value too! They’re low in calories, a great source of fiber and protein, and are full of nutrients like B vitamins, selenium, potassium, copper, etc. I love mushrooms and in this recipe, they really compliment the walnuts and other ingredients well.

The best vegan meat sauce on vegan spaghetti

A super easy vegan spaghetti recipe

This recipe is incredibly easy to whip together, and I’ve made it even easier by blending all the vegetables in a blender instead of having to cut them all up small. This literally takes less time to prep than most sauces, and it only creates a mess in your blender. Then all you have to do is pop it into a pan to cook it up for your spaghetti.

I promise this vegan spaghetti with “meat” sauce is going to blow your mind and become a family favorite this fall and winter. Nothing beats a bowl of pasta. It’s just one of the more warming, comforting, and family-friendly meals. I should also mention that this lasts for days in the fridge, and if you want, you can pre-make a big batch of this sauce ahead of time and freeze it for a later date! It’s really versatile and when you’re cooking with just vegetables the shelf life is way longer than meat products. Another added bonus!

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The Best Vegan Spaghetti

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Cuisine: Vegan


This tasty meat sauce for a vegan spaghetti is super easy to make, is one pot, and loaded with protein from walnuts and mushrooms versus typical lentils.



4 servings spaghetti or pasta of choice

45 cups assorted mushrooms, whole is fine as we will be processing them

1 heaping cup walnuts, raw, whole

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 large onion, rough chop

2 celery ribs, rough chop

3 medium-sized carrots, rough chop

4 large cloves of garlic, whole

1/2 tsp chili flakes

1 tsp cinnamon spice

1/2 tsp clove spice

2 tbsp. dry basil spice

1 tbsp. parsley spice

1 bay leaf

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 680ml bottle of passata – I used organic

2 tbsp. vegetable stock paste

23 cups boiling water

season to taste


Into a food processor place 1/2 of the mushrooms and process until finely ground.  Remove mushrooms from the processor and repeat with the other 1/2 of mushrooms. See notes.

Into the food processor add your walnuts and process till finely ground.  Transfer walnuts to the bowl with the mushrooms.

Into a large soup pot add your olive oil and heat on medium-high heat for around 20 seconds before adding your mushroom and walnut mixture.  Cook for around 6-8 minutes, stirring often to avoid burning. Cook until all the liquid has evaporated and the mixture has browned beautifully.

Into the same food processor add your onion, celery, carrots and garlic.  Process till finely ground.  See notes.

Remove the mushroom and walnut mixture from the pot and transfer to a bowl.

Into the same pot add your onion mixture and cook on medium heat for around 5-6 minutes, or until browned and fragrant.  If the mixture starts to sticks to the bottom of the pot simply add a little water bit by bit to help loosen the browned parts.  This is a flavour building step, so I highly suggest it if needed.

To the mixture add your chili flakes, cinnamon, clove, basil, parsley and bay leaf.  Stir till well combined.  Cook for around 1-2 more minutes.

Now, push the cooked onions mixture to the sides and makes room for the tomato paste.  Cook on its own for a minute or so or until browned. Once browned stir the tomato paste into the onion mixture and transfer your walnut and mushrooms to the pot.  See notes.

Stir till well combined, increase heat and add your passata and vegetable stock paste.  Cook for around 5 minutes before adding your water and bringing mixture to a boil.

Pot on your pot lid and simmer for around 25-30 minutes. See notes. Before serving taste for salt and pepper and add as needed.

Enjoy with your favourite pasta, garnished with parsley and a side of garlic toast!


When you process the mushrooms there will be larger chunks left as you process but don’t keep going.  You don’t want to over-process them.

When processing the carrots, celery and onion, garlic, you will likely want to over process.  A pulp texture is great but try to avoid a smoothie texture.

At this point, you could add red wine, 1 cup, deglaze for 5 minutes to remove alcohol and then add your passata.

The longer you cook the sauce, the better, but if you’re in a pinch for time 30 minutes is perfect! This sauce is even better the next day. Will freeze well, for up to 3 months in a tightly sealed container.  Always let red sauces cool before refrigerating.

Keywords: free, lentils, mushroom, pasta, recipe, spaghetti, tomato, vegan meat sauce

Jessica Steed

Amazing!! I never thought I would be able to give up bolognese until trying this recipe. 100% a MUST

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSS THANK YOU SO MUCH JESS! So glad you loved this recipe as much as we did!

Robin Hayes

Can you use almonds instead of walnuts for someone with a nut allergy?

Maria Koutsogiannis

I haven’t tried it with almonds but I feel like that would work ok! Please let me know how it goes!


Delicious and Different!
Thank you for sharing such a prize winner for this family!
Even my picky 6 year old loved it!
Finally I can make spaghetti with protein, rather then sauce and noodle.
This is going in my recipe book!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSSSS this makes me so happy, Samantha!


This recipe is insanely delicious. I can’t even believe how nutritious and healthy it is! The “meat” of this is literally walnuts, mushrooms, carrots, onions, celery…. I mean COME ON, how does it taste so good. Maria has done it again with such a fail proof easy to follow recipe. It did take some time to get everything washed, chopped, sautéed but soooo worth it. Next time I will double the batch and freeze it for easy reheating. Thank you for making eating plant based, vegan soo delicious, fun, and easy.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the support and love, Brittany!!!!!!

Paul Tsiapos

Absolutely delicious!!
I made this for dinner tonight for my wife and I…
We both went in for seconds….sensational!!
This is, by far, The Best Vegan Meat Sauce.

There is plenty of left over…so we are already planning on using the sauce for nachos tomorrow night 🙊.

Give this recipe a try. It won’t disappoint!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

WOW! Thanks so much for the love, Paul. I am so incredibly happy you enjoyed this with your wife! I want some of those nachos! haha


This is the best sauce ever! I usually get about four dinners out of it when cooking for two people and make it extra spicy so that I can make it into tacos / burrito bowls as well as pasta sauce. Such an amazing all rounder recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Marie


This is, hands down, the BEST vegan meat sauce I ever had (and I cooked it myself, so there’s that extra sense of wow, I MADE THIS???). My boyfriend -claims he- hates walnuts but he devoured this every time I made it (still haven’t told him it has walnuts in it though). I find that it’s a much tastier and healthier option than the regular dehydrated soy bits commonly used as a minced meat substitute. Plenty of leftovers so you can get creative and use it on different mains. Oh, and that hint of cinnamon is da BOMB.

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSS BABY GIRL! Thank you so much!

Natalie Ulaszonek

This by far one of my fave things to whip up during the week. SO delicious!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSSS!! Natalie, thanks so much for the love! This is one of my favourite recipes, EVER!


This vegan meat sauce is literally a bomb! I’m not a vegan (but I don’t eat much meat) and I didn’t believe that a vegan meat sauce can be so mind blowing tasty – and it’s totally without any soy products! I totally recommend it, this is a must try! I think it’ll become a staple for us 😉 Thanks so much for sharing

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES! Thank you so much for the love Sarah!


This sauces is so satisfying. Great recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much! I love this sauce too!


Super yummie! I made a batch and using it for lasagna and pasta! I added some smoked paprika and it’s 👌🏻! Also added some soy cream to make a more creamy meaty pasta sauce! Love love love this recipe ❤️

Maria Koutsogiannis

OOOOO, this sounds awesome! These are awesome additions, thanks for sharing, Margot!!

Zandra Thomson

Since going vegan 6 years ago this is THE BEST vegan meat sauce I have had. The texture is perfection.

Maria Koutsogiannis

oh, girl, you have no idea how happy this makes me!!!


This recipe is so easy!!! Plus, it’s delicious!!! I actually hate mushrooms and I decided to try it anyways. Couldn’t taste fungi at all. Definitely going to make again and again and again. Thanks Maria 💙

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re so welcome, Kelly! Thanks for the love xx

Adam Sosnowski

This sauce is phenomenal. Made this for my non-vegan family and everyone loved it! Vegan or not this is a must-make.

Maria Koutsogiannis

WOW! This is amazing Adam. Thanks so much for the love!!!

Mirissa K.

This sauce is UNREAL. We’re not a plant-based home but had this and — OH, MY. Honestly, words won’t do it justice… You just need to get in your car right now, drive home, and make this immediately. Trust me. 🤤

Maria Koutsogiannis

AHH!! I am so glad you love this Mirissa. Next time make a big ol’ batch and freeze it! Always some for later 😉


I made this sauce yesterday, and I am already thinking of making it again for some of my friends to try. Really good.
Mushrooms and walnuts combo makes it meaty like. My husband is meat eater, but he enjoyed this very much.

Maria Koutsogiannis

This is amazing, thank you so much for sharing! So glad you all enjoyed it, even the meat-eaters 😉

Celia Johnston

Insanely good recipe! I 100% recommend you give it a try. It looks and tastes like the real deal. Pretty sure this is going to become a staple in our household.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yes CELIA!! This is amazing news. Please let us know if you try another recipe!!!

Celia Johnston

I need to update that review: It gets even better on day two. And it’s toddler approved which is pretty much the highest seal of approval you can receive.

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSS!! This is amazing!!! So happy to hear it. Kids are almost the worst critics lol so this is the best!

Miri hackett

Such a wonderful sauce! Flavourful and love the use of the walnuts! Made loads too so some for freezing which is always a bonus! That’s for the best meat free Content Maria! Can’t wait to try something else!

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re so welcome, Miri! Yes, please let us know what you make next time!!!

Kathleen G.

This sauce is SO GOOD. I used a combination of oyster, portobello, and shiitake mushrooms. Looking at it, it looks just like a meat sauce, but I feel so good about what’s inside. I prepped this for lunches this week and I’m so excited! Highly recommend this to anyone. Plus, it’s super easy with a food processor. Can’t wait to dig in!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hey Kathleen! Thanks so much or the love! So glad you enjoyed this!


Amazing! And it made a ton, which means I don’t have to cook for a few days! Haha!

Maria Koutsogiannis


Rita MacDonald

I tried this last night but I did not tell my teenagers there was no meat in the sauce. They LOVED it! My daughter who hates mushrooms, did not taste them. Win win!

Maria Koutsogiannis

THIS IS AMAZING!!! HEAR THAT MUSHROOM HATERS?!?! I can’t believe this. I am so happy!

Rebecca T

This was genuinely so delicious. I’m glad I found a recipe that used whole foods rather than mock meat. Plus it’s a great freezer dish for when winter hits this year. My partner made this for us and, while he managed to splatter sauce all over the kitchen making it, I wasn’t even mad because it was so good. Will be making again.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Rebecca, you have no idea how incredibly happy this makes me. Thanks so much for the love!

Emily potter

This was delicious and super easy! I loved the blending first of some of the ingredients, made the sauce so thick and amazing. Walnut and mushrooms as the meat is basically genius and so delicious. My little vegan baby loved it! And non vegan husband had seconds 🙂

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSS! Emily, this makes me so happy. Your little baby boy is just the sweetest!!!! Thanks for the love xxxx



Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much Angela!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Angela!


Thank you Maria for such an amazing tasting and easy to make sauce. Love the use of my food processor. I left the sauce simmering all afternoon. So GOOD!!! Plus the fact that it freezes well…bonus points!! Ate half for dinner and the other half is in the freezer for a rainy day.

Maria Koutsogiannis

yes!! this makes me so happy! Thank you Monica, so glad you enjoyed this!

Angelique Panther

We LOVED it and can’t wait to make it again. So delicious and nutritious. Also excited to try out your other recipes and I shared this with all my favourite people.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so mcuh for the love, hun!

Zsaquez Flucker

I didn’t have all the ingredients for this recipe (the bay leaf and clove spice), but it still turned out great! I’m still blown away with how it looks and taste like “meat” sauce! As an aspiring vegan, this will definitely be a go-to for me!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love. This seriously makes me so happy!


I made this one last week and loved it. Hands down the best vegan meat sauce that I tried. I’m going to cook a big batch today and freeze it for future meals and I’m really excited.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yessss Gabriela!!! That makes me so damn happy. Thanks so much for the love!!

Jessica Champion

Amazing sauce babe! I am so happy to be able to recreate your dishes with such easy. This is a simple but very nutritious and hearty ‘meat’ sauce that would satisfy anyone. I added a tiny bit of sugar as that’s what I always do to my tomatoe sauces.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yes, that is a great addition! Thanks for letting me know. So glad you enjoyed this one love!

Jenny Millar

Amazing, simple, delicious and hearty! Loved this recipe, used it in a lasagna and worked perfectly, even the kids demolished it!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yes, this is amazing Jenny! thanks for sharing the love with the whole family x

Alexis Mapes

This recipe is gold. The mushrooms and walnuts stew hardly discernible, for picky palettes. My husband, who enjoys a meaty bolognese, devoured this. The only departure from recipe was leaving out cloves, because I didn’t have any, and it didn’t seem to be missing anything.

Maria- you are a genius! Thank you for giving me creative and delicious ways to eat vegan.

Maria Koutsogiannis

You are the best, Alexis, thank you! We are so grateful that you enjoyed this recipe.


Absolutely phenomenal! I used an Italian seasoning blend I had on hand instead of straight basil and upped my bay leaves to 3 cause I love them! This recipe is golden..forever my go to spaghetti recipe!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSS!!! What a huge compliment! Thanks so much for the love!

Noha abusha

My jaw is still on the floor omg this was incredible I’ve seen so many people posting about your recipe so I thought ide give it a go instead of my usual lentil Bolognase and let me tell u about my lentil bolognese and any other bolognese recipe out there (ACTUAL TRASH) I will never make another recipe ever again , you’re a freaking genius my lill kids absolutely loved it thank u so much for all your hard work and your time

Maria Koutsogiannis

WOWOWOOWWOO what an incredible review! You are the absolute best, thank you so much!!!!!!

Caroline C

Excellent recipe. I adapted it to my Thermomix and simplified it a little. It was perfect!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yes, Caroline! Thanks so much for the love, this is amazing!


This is my favorite sauce ever. I already commented on this post but I realized I didn’t give you a rating. I would give it 100 stars, it’s so delicious.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, hun!


Best sauce ever!! It is now on our supper rotation! My 7year old hates mushrooms so after he ate it I told him and he said “ I guess I like mushrooms now mom”😂 thanks for this amazing recipe, everything I try by you, Maria is a huge hit❤️

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSSS!!!!!!!!!!! HE LOVES MUSHROOMS NOW, MOM!! THIS IS FREAKING AMAZING, I am so happy! Thank you Tanya for making my night!!


Hands down the best vegan Bolognese sauce ever. Thank you Maria for this incredible recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re so welcome, Anna! Thanks for taking the time to review this recipe!

Nicole S

Is there another nut that could be used instead of walnuts? I am allergic to walnuts. This looks amazing. I do have cashews

Maria Koutsogiannis

I would try almonds! Pecans might work too! I don’t know if cashews are right for this one as they’ll get a bit too creamy!

Mahala rae

Another perfect recipe from Maria!
This is one for all the meat eaters too.

Maria Koutsogiannis

It’s truly amazing! Glad you love it too!

Lisa Richter

Well worth the effort 🙂

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESS!! I don’t find it too time-consuming though, did you? I find this really easy unless I am just mad.


It’s such a simple recipe and so great! The flavour and texture are incredible and I am excited to freeze it to have for more pasta nights!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESS!! Ashley, it’s so freezer friendly, you’re going to enjoy it even more! I highly suggest grandma’s pasta sauce too!


Most excellent 😎

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much for the support mitch!

Jennifer Woodfine

Fantastic. Have had this on my mind to make for a while and got to it today! It is fantastic!

Maria Koutsogiannis



just so yum and easy! My husband and me both loved it.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yesss, this makes me so happy. It’s a favourite in our home!


It really is better than traditonal bolognese! Amazing!! Everyone loved it!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yes, Ellie!!! Thanks so much for the love!

Resa Weber

Cooking it now! Smells amazing. My only question is when not using vegetable paste and stock instead, do I still add the 3 cups boiling water? Please and thank you

Maria Koutsogiannis

If you’re using vegetable stock then don’t add extra water! Please let me know how it goes!


Literally THE BEST vegan meat sauce, the title is no exaggeration!! The sauce tasted like heaven, and – as far as I can remember – sooo much better than any traditional meat-based bolognese I ever made. The mushroom walnut mixture has the perfect meaty texture and doesn’t really taste of mushrooms, so even mushroom haters should give it a go! 😉
Even my boyfriend (half Italian, so extra-picky when it comes to pasta sauce etc ;)) loved the sauce. We can’t wait to try it in a lasagna!
The recipe even yielded 2 leftover portions we put in the freezer for busy week nights. We already had one of these about 3 days later haha! Next time I’m gonna double the recipe to have even more to freeze.
Thankssss Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSS TESS!!! This makes me so happy. Thanks so much for your support and love on this recipe. Let us know how the lasagna goes!


It was literally the best tasting thing , it changes the game , kitchen still smells unreal !!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES!! Thanks so much for the support, Cain. Glad you both loved it!

Ella Pyne

I made this the other night and it was amazing!!! Easy to make and the flavour was incredible. This will definitely be my go to sauce recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSSSS!!! This makes me sooo happy, thanks for the love hun!

Nikita Hazlewood Layne

This sauce is amazing! I’m going to use the leftovers for a lasagna!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESS!! Please let me know how that goes!

Lena Gurfinkel

it was very delicious! Even my boyfriend (not vegetarian) loved it!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSS! Thanks so much for the love, Lena!


This is a go to in our house! The flavour profile is so yummy! Super easy to make and left overs freeze great.

Maria Koutsogiannis

SOOO glad you love this recipe as much as we do Joanne! It’s a favourite of ours!

Gayle McLeod

LOVED this recipe! Thoroughly satisfying and delicious! Definitely adding this to our list of favourites.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much hun! This is one of our favourites too!

Candice MacDonald

Mind blowing! My husband couldn’t believe this was vegan. The three year old devoured it and I have enough left over to freeze. Win all around! I added red pepper because it was looking sad and I didn’t want it to spoil, I also added 1/3 cup of red wine. Thank you for the recipe.

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSS!! This makes me so happy, Candice! Thanks for the support and love on this recipe hun!


OMG!! This has to be the best sauce I’ve EVER made/had (and I’ve been a vegetarian my entire life!). NOTHING compares, I’m telling you!

Maria Koutsogiannis


Bailey Martin

This sauce is LEGIT! I have been a meat eater all my life. Recently I have decided to adopt a mostly plant based diet. This sauce was amazing. Not only was the texture similar to a fine minced ground beef, but the flavor was amazing! A wonderful homemade sauce with a kick of heat at the end! Oh yes, and it makes PLENTY. We had four servings and were able to fill two additional jars for freezing!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES!!!! Oh my gosh, I am so excited for you! Please let me know what you make next!


This sauce is incredible. So. Flipping. Delicious! Even better the next day. Note: Always make extra, you’ll want leftovers.

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSSS I love this sauce soo much


One of the best vegan meat sauces I’ve ever had!! We made this recipe for lunch and had left overs for dinner and both of my kids were thrilled. It’s definitely baby and kid approved! My husband and I love it just as much. Great recipe Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Sarah!!!!


Can I not add passata – any substitutes pls —-as no stock 🙁

Maria Koutsogiannis

This is a pretty key ingredient in any meat sauce/tomato sauce babe. Are you able to source any fresh tomatoes at the store and blend them into your own passata? Let me know!

Maryanne Houghton

I’m working towards a whole foods plant based diet, but it’s challenging due to having young children and a husband who doesn’t like fruits or veggies (though he’s supportive and trying all of my new dishes). Anyway, I want to try this (despite not liking mushrooms myself). Can you recommend a single type of mushroom, and tell me how many ounces are in 4-5 cups so I don’t have to buy a bunch and have lots of leftover mushrooms that will likely go to waste? Thanks!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hello there! I would use any mushroom you feel is best. You can use white or brown button mushrooms. And if you google what 4-5 cups of mushrooms are in ounces it should help you out! Please let me know how that goes. This recipe is incredible and 100% worth making.

Dayna M

This insanely flavorful sauce actually is “The Best Vegan Meat Sauce” and has become a staple in our household! We even double the batch and freeze for later. Perfect bolognese consistency and pairs great with any type of noodle!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much Dayna for your support! I just love this recipe!

Stacy M Albin

Okay, so I went veg over ten years ago and Italian foods dropped towards my least fav foods (for good reason…a lot of dishes contain meat). Italian food, WELCOME BACK. Be still my heart. If you think I’m being overly dramatic, just make the recipe and tell me I’m wrong. The two meat-eaters that I live with keep saying “It’s SO F****ING GOOD!” as they eat it. New Italian staple in my diet. 🙂

Maria Koutsogiannis

CRYING!!!!!! This means so much to me, wow, thank you so much Stacy!!!!

Stacy M Albin

Shit, I forgot the stars…5 stars!

Maria Koutsogiannis

HAHAH all good, thanks for the love hun!

Genna McCarroll

Just WOW!! So grateful for beautiful dishes like this Maria, thank you!! I used a combination of chestnut mushrooms and shitake and omg the rich ‘meatiness’ was spot on! So much flavour, yummmmm 🙂

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESS!! This makes me so happy, thanks for the love Genna!


Amazing!!! Tastes just like meat sauce! My husband is obsessed with this.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks so much for the love, Jessi!


Superb pasta sauce. Enjoyed even by an Italian carnivore friend who could not believe there was no meat in it. Will definitely be making it again 😋

Maria Koutsogiannis

ok, best compliment ever!! Thank you!

Zsaquez Flucker

I didn’t have all the ingredients for this recipe (the bay leaf and cloves), but it still turned out great! I’m still blown away with how it looks and taste like “meat” sauce! As an aspiring vegan, this will definitely be a go-to for me!


This was absolutely incredible – thanks for sharing! ☺️

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re so welcome, Hollie!

Tiffany Weideman

This sauce blew my mind! Wow, I honestly never enjoyed mince and spaghetti growing up but recently I’ve been craving it (I’m a vegetarian & sometimes I crave random things) BUT this sauce is hands down better than anything I’ve had before. So meaty and tasty and totally guilt free. Absolutely love it and have a jar in the freezer of course! Thank you!

Maria Koutsogiannis



This is the BEST vegan recipe I have ever made. You are amazing!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Lauren!

Lorie Sorensen

This may be the best recipe I’ve ever tasted!!!
It’s genius! An award should be given for this seriously. I’m very grateful for having this recipe.
Thank you!

Maria Koutsogiannis

THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY!!! Thank you so much Lorie!

Elaine McNaughton

Hi Maria, I see so many people posting on insta how great this recipe is, but my hubby is severely allergic to mushrooms! Any idea what on earth I can replace them with. thanks for all your amazing content!

Maria Koutsogiannis

oooo this is a tough one… could you put more celery, carrots, onions and garlic and perhaps use some sundried tomatoes, eggplant or tempeh?!


This “meat” sauce… where do I start? It was so good! And the texture of the walnuts And mushrooms was perfect. I sent it to about 5 friends after tasting it. This recipe makes tons so it’s perfect to add to the leftovers into other dishes.

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSS!!! You should ask your friends to leave my star reviews too haha thanks so much for your support Jessie!


This recipe makes a seriously tasty sauce! The flavours are complex and come together so well, my neighbours were texting me asking what I was making. This sauce is hearty but not heavy and satisfied my craving perfectly. If you have the time to deglaze with red wine as suggested in the notes, do it! YUM.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for your support, Brooke!


So good! And it freezes well. One of my favourite foodbymaria recipes ❤️

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much baby girl!


I made this into a lasagna with your cashew ricotta and OMG – it its soooo tasty. All the right flavours without feeling too heavy. Making the meat sauce and cashew ricotta was the easiest part! I love how the veggies mimics the meat texture without mock meat – plus alll the nutrients!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much my love!! Your support means a lot! Confirming you’ve had a chance to leave us a star review over on the ricotta recipe as well?

Sydney G

Hi I want to try this, if I cook for a bit allergy could I sub pumpkin seeds for the walnuts?

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hey! I haven’t tried this recipe with that substitute.. I would probably do an Organic Tempeh and a mix of pumpkin seeds.

Kate Wood

I made this sauce last night for me and my meat-loving boyfriend. He said he wouldn’t have even known it didn’t contain meat!!! BIG WIN as this is a meal that we can both eat. I love recipes that don’t use just a bunch of processed vegan substitutes so this is one that we will be making again and again. Added bonus is that we’ve got half of it in the freezer for some quick meals over the next couple weeks!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSSSS!!!! let me know how it tastes from the freezer hun! Thanks so much for the love!


This recipe is amazing!! Definitely going to make it again!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Lucy! I just love this recipe!



Maria Koutsogiannis



Not kidding when I say best. Pasta. Sauce. Ever!!

Maria Koutsogiannis


Briana Prieto

Delicious, easy to make, and so filling. I can’t believe I just made a ‘meat’ sauce with mushrooms and walnuts. Had some for dinner and froze the rest!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the support, Briana!

Krista C

Sooooo tasty!! The flavours were fantastic. We didn’t have a processor so made do with a blender and some chopping and it was still really, really yummy. Even our 3 and 5 year olds liked it! Will definitely make this again.

Maria Koutsogiannis

That is a huge win when even the little ones love it!!!!

Mika Ladz

Delicious, I had 3 hungry boys. Zero leftovers! This will now be my spaghetti night go to sauce. Thank you!

Maria Koutsogiannis

This is amazing, thank you Mika!

Caley Smyth

Loved it! Used it in a vegetarian lasagna and everyone, even the kids, loved it. Now I have to get a good processor I guess, since it’s going to be a regular around here.

Ann Bennett

I am super anxious to make this tonight !!! With all the ratings and the comments that I read I already know it’s going to be an awesome dish……. I didn’t see anything negative at all so I could probably already give you five stars haha…. thank you for sharing you’re wonderful recipe with us!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hahaha, thanks so much Ann!! Please come back and let us know how it went!


Please post a video for this recipe!! I made it, and it was pretty good but I’m a visual person and I think it would be helpful to see how you made it! Mine kinda looked like mush haha!! Definitely going to try again though! Thanks for sharing!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hey Maya!! Thanks so much for the suggestion! If we find some time we will add this to our list of videos we use out of the content budget! The recipe itself it 100% supposed to seem mushy, so please don’t think you did anything wrong! Have a great day

Ronalee Octaviano

This sauce is a weekly occurence for me. Thank you forever for a wonderful recipe 😊

Maria Koutsogiannis

You are so welcome beauty!!!

Rozalyn LIlley

This one is a keeper! I didnt’t have passata or vegetable paste, so substitued the passata with crushed tomatoes and used 1 cup vegetable stock and 1 cup water. It turned out amazing! Thank you so much!

Maria Koutsogiannis

You are so welcome! This one is a LOVER in our home!

Jessi Doshier

Truly SUPERB!! The unique taste of cinnamon and cloves was so warm and comforting, I have never had that in a pasta sauce! Also, like mentioned above, this recipe is still great if you don’t have the exact ingredients. I only used a cup of mushrooms and didn’t have passata so I used tomato sauce instead. I have no doubt that this recipe is even better as written but in a pinch you can totally make it work and have a delicious meal! Thank you for this recipe, can’t wait to make for some friends! 🙂

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESS!! Thank you so much for the love hun!


Really the only thing I’ve properly missed since giving up meat is my mom’s bolognese. It’s so comforting and wholesome. I never bothered to try making a veggie one because I didn’t think it would measure up but this…..
I had a real craving for bolognese since the weather has been bad and I saw the reviews on this and thought I’d give it a bash. I generally don’t like vegetarian/vegan food pretending to be meat but this was one of the best things I’ve cooked for myself in a while. It was so yummy, packed with flavour and extremely comforting. I can’t wait to make it again for my friends and maybe in a lasagne.
Once strange thing though, I actually forgot to put the passata in… no idea how. I did add double the tomato paste though just because my tin was bigger and I also added 1/2 a cup of red wine (just how I like my bolognese) which was probably my saving grace. I am interested to try it again properly but I generally prefer a browner bolognese.
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for this lovely review my love!!!!

Marie Ruggles

Can Bionature Crushed Tomatoes be substituted for the passata? What brand of passata do you use?

Maria Koutsogiannis

That should be fine! The brand doesn’t matter hun, this recipe is foolproof! It’ll be perfect no matter what you choose!


This recipe looks great. Any recommendations for how to get the same consistency without a food processor? Thanks!

Maria Koutsogiannis

I would just chop your heart out or grate them! You just want a super fine consistency!

Caley Smyth

Loved it! Used it in a vegetarian lasagna and everyone, even the kids, loved it. Now I have to get a good processor I guess, since it’s going to be a regular around here.

Maria Koutsogiannis

yay, thank you so much for the love, Caley!

Joyce N.

We made lasagna with this sauce and loved it! save to say it is toddler friendly 😉

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES!! This makes me so happy, thank you Joyce!


This is by far the best bolognaise I’ve ever eaten. Many an omni has confirmed it to be better than the meat version. We call it “Vince” (Vegan Mince) and I make it in bulk now. Neighborhood hit! And picky toddler approved.

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much!!!! I am so glad you love it!

Brady Rix

This recipe is AMAZING!! Easy to make compared to a lot of vegan “meat” sauce. And our entire household loved it. Made for great leftovers too. Highly recommend! Has become one of our regular recipes

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Brady!

Heidi Smyth

I just made 2 of your recipes over the last 3 days….. 🥰the one pot vegan curry with butternut squash and this vegan meatsauce…… both were incredible!
I’ll take photos next time 😋

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks for the love, Heidi!

Heidi Smyth

Oops… forgot to give in 5 stars and it deserves it❣️

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much my love!!!!!

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