nutritional information

Per 2/3-cup serving:

  • Calories: 186
  • Protein: 11 g
  • Total Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 552 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 10 g

Tempeh Bolognese

Tempeh Bolognese

Makes 4 Cups

30 minutes or fewer

This classic Italian pasta sauce is made with crumbled tempeh instead of ground meat. Try it over spaghetti, polenta, potatoes, or puréed cauliflower.
  • 1 Tbs. plus 1 ½ tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped (1 ½ cups)
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped (½ cup)
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 Tbs. dried oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. tempeh
  • 1 Tbs. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 28-oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup low-fat evaporated skim milk

1. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, oregano, and garlic, and cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until vegetables are browned, stirring often.
2. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 1/2 tsp. oil in separate skillet over medium heat. Add tempeh, and brown 2 minutes on each side. Add soy sauce and 1/2 cup water. Cook tempeh 5 minutes more, or until liquid has absorbed. Break tempeh into small crumbles with spatula.
3. Stir tempeh, tomatoes, wine, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce into onion mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, partially covered, 10 minutes. Stir in evaporated milk, and simmer 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

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This was great, even my husband who is suspicious of anything without meat liked it. Only change I made was the white wine, I only had red wine so used that instead. I will be making this again!

Kathryn - 2016-02-22 21:13:32

I haven't tried this yet, but would try substituting some plain cashew cream (blend soaked cashews until smooth with enough water to cover and a pinch of sea salt) for the evaporated skim milk so the recipe is vegan. I think that would provide the richness that the evaporated milk would add.

Lauren - 2016-01-29 16:28:46

Evaporated milk is Not Vegan!Substitute a non dairy milk.

Ilene - 2016-01-28 21:50:38

This is not a vegan recipe. It is vegetarian. Regular Worcestershire has fish in it.

Arlene - 2016-01-26 05:17:33

Can you use almond milk as a sub for the skim?

Kate - 2016-01-25 22:56:55

I'm confused. The recipes calls for VEGAN Worcestershire but then also has (non-vegan) evaporated skim milk. If it's a vegan recipe then please provide a vegan milk (eg. soy).

DianeMarie - 2015-09-28 10:59:20

Where can I buy Tempeh?

Linda Slawson - 2014-10-18 06:07:38

I didn't have the celery and substituted soy milk, but ended up with a fabulous dish anyway. I highly recommend trying this one out.

Shana - 2012-02-11 14:51:57

Love the recipes. May I make a suggestion? With the BPA in about recipes that don't recommend can tomatoes, or can beans? It is not so easy to find them with BPA free cans.

Lisa D Liguori - 2012-02-07 13:05:32

Glad to see a feel good winter meal using tempeh. Delicious!

Sonja - 2012-02-07 11:39:14

What brand/type of tempeh.....have never used this yet. Thank you.

Tonia - 2012-01-24 16:45:24

This recipe turned out was my first time using tempeh. The only changes I made were adding an extra carrot and some red pepper flakes. Would definitely make this again- very tasty and satisfying.

Courtney - 2012-02-13 23:32:08

This was my first time trying tempeh, and this dish had very good flavor and texture. I'll certainly be making it again. Just goes to show why the French have a name for the tasty combination of onion, celery, and carrot.

Rachel - 2011-08-30 22:06:54