Better Than Beef Bolognaise

What could taste better than a most luscious, full-flavoured, Mediterranean Bolognaise? The comfort and anticipation of the culinary pleasure one receives from this simple yet delicious sauce is truly fulfilling and magnificent – the house is filled with the aroma it emits, and the anticipation of dinner is just filled with joy. Miriam makes many versions, and here is one for you to make and enjoy any time of the year. Easy to make too!

– serves 2-3

In this Better Than Beef Bolognaise Miriam has created the most luscious, full-flavoured, Mediterranean masterpiece for you. Photo © Miriam Sorrell 'Mouthwatering Vegan Recipes'.Ingredients

extra virgin olive oil
1 medium sized onion
– very finely chopped
2 to 3 cloves garlic
– finely chopped
2 or 3 bay leaves
1 x 400 g tin chopped tomatoes (good quality)
½ tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp agave nectar, or brown sugar
¼ cup white wine
½ tsp hot curry powder
2 Tbsp tomato paste/puree
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups of veggie mince of your choice
½ tsp oregano
1 Tbsp brown sauce like HP
1 tsp vegetable stock granules, powder or cube
1 tsp vegan butter (optional)
1 cup water
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
freshly chopped flat leaf parsley, for garnishing
salt to taste


First, heat up your oil in a large non-stick saucepan, throw in the onion and garlic, and stir, making sure that they don’t burn. When the mixture has become translucent, add the mince, and continue to mix for a further 5 to 10 minutes, so that the flavours merge. Next, add the tomato paste and the spices, whilst continuing to mix for a few minutes.

Now add the remaining ingredients, except for the water and wine. Mix, and allow to cook for a few more minutes, adding a little water and wine at a time, until all of the liquid has been added. Cover, and allow to simmer very gently on a low heat for 20 minutes.

Taste for salt – your tongue should resonate with a wonderful balance of sweet and savoury – if needs be, add more agave or salt to reach that ‘note’.

Serve with the pasta of your choice, and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

Thank you to Miriam Sorrell Mouthwatering Vegan Recipes.
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