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Vegan Cauliflower Walnut Bolognese by Pasta-based. Detailed view of a forkful of cauliflower walnut bolognese sauce with farfalle pasta.
Vegan Meat Sauce (Cauliflower Walnut Bolognese)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This vegan/vegetarian bolognese sauce is made with cauliflower, walnuts, and marinara sauce. It's so easy to make, requires less than 10 ingredients and 30 minutes. Chunky, flavorful, "meaty," healthy, and perfect for pasta night.

Course: Dinner, Pasta, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: bolognese, cauliflower, italian, meat sauce, pasta, sauce, vegan
Servings: 4 servings
Calories per Serving: 218 kcal
Author: Matt + Steph from Pasta-based
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets (about 1/2 a medium cauliflower)
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups marinara sauce
  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F/200°C 

  2. In a food processor, add cauliflower florets*, raw walnuts, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Pulse until all ingredients are evenly ground (see picture).

  3. Pour the mixture onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through to prevent over-browning.

  4. Heat marinara sauce over medium-low heat in a pot. Add cauliflower walnut mixture and stir to combine. Serve warm on pasta.

Recipe Notes

*Make sure your cauliflower florets are chopped into small enough chunks so they'll break up in the food processor.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Meat Sauce (Cauliflower Walnut Bolognese)
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 426mg19%
Potassium 1057mg30%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1060IU21%
Vitamin C 41.5mg50%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.