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Vegetarian Cauliflower Bolognese

vegetarian cauliflower bolognese served on blue marbled stone plates

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This is an easy way to make vegetarian cauliflower bolognese! You will not miss the meat, promise! It’s delicious and good for you!

Italian cuisine and pasta is the way to my heart! Whats better than a good bowl of hot steaming spaghetti with one of my favorite sauces. Even my boyfriend likes my cauliflower bolognese. The first time I made him these, he haven’t even noticed that there was no meat, and he loves meat dearly! 😉

My vegetarian cauliflower Bolognese is loaded with veggies, making it a perfectly healthy dinner! To replace the meat, I used a mixture of mushrooms, cauliflower, fresh rosemary and Italian spices.

vegetarian cauliflower bolognese served on blue marbled stone plates

Benefits of Cauliflower

Have you tried cauliflower in bolognese sauce yet? This under-rated vegetable has so much to offer!

There are a lot of benefits of eating cauliflower. Cauliflower is loaded with nutrients. 100g of raw cauliflower provides 75% of the daily minimum of Vitamin C. It’s also needed for DNA repair and the production of both collagen and serotonin. Serotonin promotes happiness and healthy sleep. Cauliflower also has a lot of vitamin K which is required for bone formation. It also has smaller amounts of other important nutritions like vitamin B, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium.

There is eve a research that suggests that compounds in cauliflower could help keep cancer from developing in the first place. Cauliflower is part of the crucifer family, like Brussel sprouts and broccoli. Eating cruciferous vegetables has been linked to lower risk of heart deceases and cancer.

Since cauliflower is extremely versatile, it’s a great low carb alternative to grains and legumes. I love to use cauliflower instead of rice or in a pizza crust for example.

vegetarian cauliflower bolognese served on blue marbled stone plates

A few notes you look after when making this vegetarian cauliflower bolognese

I would recommend using a high speed blender, to get the mushrooms and cauliflower as little as possible. If the cauliflower pieces are too big they could taste like horseradish (my opinion) while eating it.

If the pasta sauce is too dry after adding the pasta, parmesan cheese and the pasta cooking liquid, I would recommend adding some more pasta water until you has a sauce like consistency.

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vegetarian cauliflower bolognese served on blue marbled stone plates

Cauliflower Bolognese

This is an easy way to make vegetarian bolognese sauce! You will not miss the meat, promise! It's delicious and good for you! Made with cauliflower and mushrooms.
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Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: healthy, Italian, vegetarian
Keyword: Cauliflower Bolognese, Vegetarian Bolognese, vegetarian mushroom bolognese
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 556kcal
Author: Antonia


  • 400 g mushrooms
  • 1 kg head of cauliflower
  • 60 ml olive oil extra virgin
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion large, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp dried tomato flakes
  • 2 tbsp dried italian herbs
  • 2 tbsp rosemary fresh, finely chopped
  • 75 g tomato paste
  • 1 jar tomato sugo sauce 350g
  • 1 jar crushed tomato 300g
  • 400 g pasta uncooked
  • 60 parmesan grated


  • One after the other pulse first the mushrooms until finely chopped, remove into a small bowl, wipe the food processor clean and then pulse the cauliflower. Depending on your blender I would recommend working in smaller batches until its finely chopped and the size of a rice grain. Put aside into a medium bowl.
  • Heat 1/4 cup of oil plus 2 tbsp of butter in a large pot. Over medium high heat, ddd mushrooms and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally for about 4-6 minutes. Add the finely chopped onion and 2 tbsp oil. Cook until onion is very soft and golden, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic, dried tomato flakes, italian herbs and rosemary, cook until garlic is softened and fragrant about 2-3 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook until slightly darkened, about 2 minutes. Add the tomato sugo and the crushed tomatoes and cook until it thickens, 2-3 minutes. Add cauliflower and cook until it's slightly cooked down and slightly sticking to the pot, about 6-8 minutes. Season with salt and set aside.
  • Now cook pasta, following the package directions, until almost al dente, 1 minute short. Save 250ml of pasta cooking liquid.
  • Transfer pasta to the pot with the sauce. Ad the grated parmesan, remaining 2 tbsp of melted butter and 200 ml of the pasta cooking liquid. Cook on medium high heat, stirring until everything is good combined, until pasta is al dente and sauce is clinging to the pasta. about 3 minutes. If needed season with salt and pepper.


Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 982mg | Potassium: 1463mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1045IU | Vitamin C: 95mg | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 5mg
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Brooke June 17, 2020 at 5:31 pm

5 stars
Beautiful! You ladies NEVER disappoint!!

Nina June 19, 2020 at 10:42 am

Thank you so much brooke. That means a lot hearing that. <3

Astrid Unger September 4, 2020 at 9:51 am

5 stars
Vielen Dank für dieses Rezept, einfach himmlisch. Unsere Gäste waren begeistert und haben es sehr genossen. Das letzte Mal haben wir dieses bereits wunderbar schmeckende Gericht mit frischem Sommertrüffel (Tuber aestivum) verfeinert. Alles über Trüffel finden Sie unter Ein kulinarischer Genuss mit oder ohne.

Nina September 9, 2020 at 9:26 am

Vielen lieben Dank fürs Nachmachen. Freuen uns sehr dass es euch geschmeckt hat. Liebe Grüße Nina und Antonia

Dina Honke January 10, 2021 at 1:35 am

5 stars
Looks so delicious. Going to make this.

Eva November 1, 2021 at 3:32 am

5 stars
I had this dish at a restaurant in Hawai’i and wanted to try to duplicate it when I got home. Your Recipe seemed to have all of the same ingredients and WOW! It is delicious and tasted just like the restaurant dish. I added some white wine to the mushrooms/onions and let it cook down before adding the cauliflower and used Bucatini pasta. Otherwise followed exactly as written. SOOOO good, Thank you very much.


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