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Favorite Vegan Bolognese - Super Simple!

The BEST Vegan Bolognese sauce and it's super simple to make with only 8 ingredients. Savory, meaty and hearty, everyone will love this Italian classic made vegan!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 363kcal
Author: Nora Taylor



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or spray well with oil.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of the marinara sauce (adjust if doubling/halving the recipe), olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder and onion powder until well combined.
  • Now drain the tofu from the package, pat with paper towels and crumble into the bowl with the sauce. You can use your hands OR use a potato masher to mash it right in the bowl.
  • Stir to coat the tofu crumbles in the sauce, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet, spreading it out into a layer (see photos above for visual reference). Bake in the center rack of the oven for 25-40 minutes, until chewy and golden in spots, but be careful not to burn it. You can give it a stir halfway, if the edges start to burn.
  • While the tofu is baking, cook your pasta according to package instructions, then drain and set aside.
  • Add the rest of the marinara sauce to a medium sized pot and warm on low heat. Once the tofu is done baking, remove it from the oven and add to the pot with the marinara. Stir to make a meaty bolognese sauce!
  • Serve immediately over pasta, sprinkled with vegan parmesan, if desired, and some crusty bread. Enjoy!


  1. Gluten free: Easy! Use gluten free tamari instead of soy sauce and gluten free pasta. I used Trader Joe's brown rice quinoa spaghetti!
  2. Tofu free: Try substituting tempeh instead! But don't bake it as long, probably only 15-20 minutes instead of 25-40. Or make my lentil bolognese instead.
  3. Omit oil for oil free and use parchment paper. You will also need to find a marinara sauce that doesn't contain oil, as most do.
  4. Tofu bolognese sauce will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and reheats well either in the microwave or stovetop. It may also be frozen.


Serving: 1of 4 servings | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 816mg | Potassium: 756mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1042IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 5mg