Everybody’s Favorite Spaghetti Bolognese The Seitan Version

Aka Meat Sauce

Spaghetti Bolognese, the most popular classic pasta dish, and even in the vegan version this recipe is easy & quick to make and always delicious.

Wait, a vegan spaghetti bolognese? Yes! you got it right – making a vegan spaghetti bolognese is what got me a little twisted from the onset.

This is the best vegan bolognese sauce with spaghetti pasta! A simple recipe which is easy & quick to make and very delicious. It tastes aromatic, flavorful and spicy – packed with fruity tomatoes. This meal is perfect for lunch or dinner! Let’s start!

Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese (aka “meat” sauce)

Nicole Kearsley
A Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe that delivers on the deep and slow cooked flavor promise of the original. This is the perfect hearty red-sauce recipe for pasta night. You won’t miss the meat!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Vegan


  • 3/4 pound Ground Seitan
  • 1 Large Onion Chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes 28 oz
  • 1 can Tomato Paste 6 oz
  • 1 cup Red Wine
  • 1 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar Optional
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Salt & Pepper To taste
  • 1/2 cup Mushroom Optional
  • 250 grams Spaghetti Gluten-free


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions, stopping 1 to 2 minutes short of the recommended cooking time so that the pasta is nice and al dente. Set aside.
  • In large skillet, saute seitan and onion in 2 tablespoon olive oil until lightly browned and onion soft. Salt to taste. Approximately 8-10 minutes.
  • Add garlic, continue to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add remainder of ingredients. Simmer 1 hour, stirring frequently.
  • Remove bay leaf. Serve over your choice of pasta.
  • Sprinkle with non-dairy parmesan cheese & chili peppers if desired.


MAKE YOUR OWN FLAVOR: I’ve included my bolognese sauce, but you can use your own favorite recipe!
*TOMATO PASTE: You can make the sauce completely from about 1 kg of fresh tomatoes.
**SEITAN: Instead of seitan you can also use soy granules / soybean shred, lupine granules, tofu, green spelt, or any other “meat alternative”.
***HOMEMADE SEITAN: You can make the seitan yourself. Here’s the link for homemade seitan.
Keyword plant based, vegan
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this as close to the recipe as possible. My husband and I both LOVED it. This will make it into the regular dinner rotation.

  2. 5 stars
    What a nice recipe! Would you mind if we were to feauture it on our instagram-page? Of course all credit will go to you! Let us know, thanks.

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