• Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce

    by  • April 21, 2014 • giveaway, main dishes • 5 Comments

    Serve up this Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce for Meatless Monday dinner – it’s hearty, luscious, and vegetable packed! 

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    When Dr. Praeger’s challenged me to deconstruct their veggie burgers, I was all in! With more and more home cooks turning to pre-prepped ingredients for quick and easy, healthy meal creation, Dr. Praeger’s burger patties are the perfect freezer staple to have on-hand. But who says a burger has to stay a burger? They were looking for creative bloggers to “deconstruct” the burgers and  create one-of-a-kind recipes that inspire our readers to think outside the box.

    Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce

    After much brainstorming and recipe testing, this Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce was born! Using the Gluten Free California Veggie Burgers and beginning with the classic mirepoix of vegetables (onions, carrots, celery), this sauce made the perfect lunch over quinoa pasta. Hearty enough to fill even the hungriest of family members, it’s packed with great flavor from the vegetables, the veggie burgers, a splash of red wine, and a couple traditional seasonings. Also, this freezes gorgeously – so make a double batch and freeze for future meals! Served atop quinoa pasta from Hodgson Mill, it was the perfect meal!

    Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce Recipe

    One of the statements by this brand that I loved was the one below – as a professional chef, sometimes I don’t have all the time at home to cook lengthy meals after cooking 16 hours at the restaurant. Products and brands that make my life easier, all while being wholesome and delicious, deserve a space in your freezer!

    DP CA Gluten Free Veggie Burger Box


    “You could spend hours in your kitchen shredding potatoes, chopping broccoli, breading fish and boiling sweet potatoes. Or, you could just open your freezer, take out a favorite from Dr. Praeger’s, and enjoy the same all-natural food in a fraction of the time, at an affordable price that’s probably less than assembling all of the ingredients yourself.”

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    Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook Time: 30 minutes

    Total Time: 45 minutes

    Yield: 2 quarts

    This Vegetarian Bolognese is the perfect meal for Meatless Mondays and to serve to your non-meat eating friends!


    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 medium onion, diced
    • 2 stalks celery, diced
    • 2 small carrots, diced
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 4 Dr. Praeger's Gluten Free California Veggie Burgers
    • 14 ounces crushed tomatoes
    • 1/4 cup red wine
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)


    1. In a medium sized pot over medium heat, sauté the olive oil, onion, celery, carrots, and garlic until translucent.
    2. Thaw burgers by microwaving for two minutes. Cut burgers into chunks and add to sautéed vegetables, breaking them up as you stir.
    3. Pour in crushed tomatoes, wine, water, and all the seasonings.
    4. Stir to incorporate and simmer for 30 minutes until it thickens. Serve over pasta.

    Disclaimer: I was compensated for my time in creating this recipe by Dr. Praeger’s and they are sponsoring the giveaway. Thanks for supporting the brands I work with, making it possible to bring you more and more recipes! 


    As a freelance food & travel writer, I not only write for my own food blog, Cooking with Books, but collaborate with SheKnows, Honest Cooking, Marcus Samuelsson, and Startle – Forbes Travel Guide. My work has been published (online and in print) in Woman’s Day, NBC Latino, and other food publications.


    5 Responses to Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce

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    2. April 29, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      What a great idea to use the veggies burgers in your sauce. Your recipe sounds really delicious! Hugs, Terra

    3. Erin
      April 23, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      That looks delicious! What a good idea. I sometimes forget meat alternatives can be used like this. I don’t usually break up patties when they’re bought pre-formed, but it’s a good reminder to think outside the box. (Or patty.) Did you say somewhere that this was a quinoa pasta?

      Beautiful photos!

    4. April 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

      This is a perfect quick & easy dinner. LOVE it!

    5. April 21, 2014 at 8:52 am

      That looks amazing! I need to make that soon :)

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