Easy Vegan Spaghetti with “Meat” Sauce is easy to make on the stove in just 30 minutes! This classic Italian dinner is the best choice when you need something quick, easy, and comforting. Plus, the vegan “meat” sauce can be made months in advance.
Is there a dinner that’s more classic than spaghetti? Meaty tomato sauce-covered noodles, fresh Italian herbs, and loads of vegan parmesan on top - it doesn’t get much better than that!
My Easy Vegan Spaghetti with “Meat” Sauce is a quick and easy dinner that’s ready in about 30 minutes. The recipe just happens to be based on my dad’s one-pot ragu sauce a dish he would make for us every Sunday. Every bite is the epitome of warmth, comfort, and delicious Italian flavor!
The vegan spaghetti sauce is similar to my Vegan Bolognese but uses simple ingredients that are most likely already in your cupboard. It comes together easily on the stove and can even be made months in advance and frozen for later. Besides, it’s always a great idea to keep a batch of pre-made vegan “meat” sauce handy for dinner or pasta emergencies!
- Vegan ground beef - This will act as the “meat” in the meat sauce. I used Impossible Beef but ground Beyond Meat (or sausage), Gardein, or any store-bought brand would work well. Lentils are a great choice too!
- Vegetables - Finely chopped onion, green bell pepper, and garlic give the sauce a great baseline flavor while adding to the texture. Feel free to add even more veggies, like celery, mushrooms, spinach, or carrots.
- Diced tomatoes - Use canned tomatoes to make this recipe as easy as possible.
- Pasta sauce - This is an easy spaghetti recipe, which means we’re using jarred pasta sauce. It saves a ton of time and the flavors are still out of this world.
- Balsamic vinegar - Trust me. A splash of vinegar gives the vegan spaghetti sauce brightness and acidity to balance the rest of the flavors. If you don’t have balsamic at home, replace it with vegan Worcestershire sauce or a splash of vegan-friendly red wine.
- Spaghetti noodles - A must-have! For gluten free, use gluten free spaghetti noodles instead and leave the sauce as-is (it’s naturally gluten free).
How to make vegan spaghetti with “meat” sauce
This easy vegan pasta recipe comes together quickly on the stove, leaving you feeling stress-free by the time dinner arrives on the table. Here’s how it’s done:
- Saute the vegetables: Saute the onion and bell pepper in a large pot with oil. Once they’re soft, add the garlic.
- Brown the “beef”: Add in the ground “beef” and cook until it’s browned all over.
- Let it simmer: Stir the rest of the “meat” sauce ingredients into the pot. Once it’s bubbling, lower the heat, cover with a lid, and let it simmer.
- Cook the pasta: At this point, cook the spaghetti noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
- Season, then enjoy: Taste the sauce and add more balsamic or sugar if needed. Scoop the vegan spaghetti sauce over the pasta in bowls, add vegan parmesan on top, and enjoy!
Tips for success
- Is your sauce looking a little thin? Leave the pot uncovered for a few minutes while it simmers or stir in 1-2 tablespoons of tomato paste.
- Is it too thick? Stir in a splash of water when it’s done and adjust the seasonings as necessary.
- The spaghetti sauce is naturally nut free but you can stir in a handful of walnuts for added nutrition, texture, and heartiness.
- If you want to keep the spaghetti sauce soy free, make sure your vegan ground beef isn’t made with soy.
Vegan spaghetti is really simple and always delicious, but there are a few ways to use side dishes and toppings to make it a little more extravagant:
- Vegan spaghetti and meatballs: Craving an extra “meaty” dinner? Serve your spaghetti with vegan meatballs on top.
- Lasagna: The spaghetti sauce can be layered in lasagna instead of served over spaghetti!
- Spaghetti toppings: Sprinkle vegan parmesan cheese and fresh basil on top of each serving. If you like heat, add red pepper flakes as well.
- Bread is a must: Don’t forget the dinner rolls, focaccia, or crusty bread on the side to soak up every last drop of sauce.
- Side dishes: Spaghetti is delicious on its own but if you want to take the meal up a notch, serve it with vegan caesar salad, roasted vegetables, or split pea soup on the side.
Can you make vegan spaghetti sauce ahead of time?
Yes! If you don’t need to serve the spaghetti right away, you can make the sauce on its own and store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days. It also freezes really well for up to 3 months.
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