Soy granule is the perfect alternative for the traditional meaty Bolognese sauce! This vegan Spaghetti Bolognese is quick to make, tastes like the real deal and no one would think it’s vegan!
I have been making this dish since the very early beginning of me going vegan – so for almost 6 years now! It’s one of my favorite dishes ever and real comfort food!
It looks super fancy pants (with the cashew parmesan and fresh basil on top) but it’s easy & quick to make. So perfect if you want to impress someone!
Bolognese sauce is traditionally a meaty sauce, so we want to use a ‘meaty’ substitute. That is why soy granule is the perfect alternative! Soy granule gives the sauce not only a meaty look but also texture.
This sauce looks like the real deal and with the added liquid smoke you can surprise even meat-eaters with this vegan sauce. Honestly, no one will ever guess it’s vegan!
And to make the ‘Spaghetti Bolognese look’ complete, I love to sprinkle homemade Cashew Parmesan on top.
What is soy granule?
Soy granule (or soy crumble, soy protein, TVP) is made out of defatted soy flour, which is extruded into granules (or small crumbs). The soy granule is dehydrated and needs to be cooked in water to be rehydrated.
I especially love cooking with soy granule because
- it can be stored at room-temperature – like forever,
- it’s inexpensive,
- it expands when cooked, so it doesn’t need much space when storing it
- and it can be used a wide variety of dishes.
How to make Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese
You will need:
- egg-free spaghetti noodles
- soy granule
- liquid smoke
- tomato purée
- garlic cloves
- spices and herbs: paprika powder, salt, dried oregano, dried basil. This is my recommendation. You can leave out, substitute, experiment with spices, of course!
Step 1: Boil the pasta.
Step 2: Cook the soy granule with water until soft.
Step 3: Let’s add some flavor by adding paprika powder and liquid smoke.
Step 4: Make space in the middle of the pot, add oil, onion, and garlic and cook until soft.
Step 5: Let’s add the tomato purée, salt, dried oregano, and basil.
Step 6: Let it simmer until hot!
Step 7: Garnish the spaghetti with vegan bolognese sauce with homemade Cashew Parmesan and fresh basil. A leafy green salad is the perfect side dish!
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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Let me know if you give it a try!
Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese
- 4 ounces spaghetti noodles (egg-free)
Vegan Bolognese Sauce
- 2 teaspoons Homemade Cashew Parmesan
- fresh basil
- Boil the pasta. Meanwhile, we're making the sauce.
- In a smaller pot, add the soy granule and water and let it cook on medium heat until the soy granule has soaked up all the water and is soft. Add the paprika powder and liquid smoke and give it a quick stir.
- Make some space in the middle of the pot and add in the oil, diced onion, and minced garlic. Let it cook until the onion is softened.
- Once the onion is soft, stir, lower the heat and add in the tomato purée, salt, dried oregano, and dried basil. Let it simmer on low heat until hot. You can add more salt to taste.
- By now the pasta should be done, drain it, divide the spaghetti onto plates, top with the vegan bolognese sauce, garnish with fresh basil and sprinkle with Cashew Parmesan. Enjoy!
- Don't skip the spices. Soy granule doesn't taste like much on its own. So you want to add some spices. I love liquid smoke for a smoky flavor and paprika powder.
- Instead of soy granule, you could also use grated carrots.
- Onions and garlic add more flavor to the sauce. But if you're short on time, you could also use onion and garlic powder instead.
This post was first published in March 2015. Updated in January 2019.