No-Meat Sunflower Seed Bolognese Sauce (Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free, Nut-free)

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I love my pasta! And I love tomato based pasta sauces. One of my most favourite sauces is this recipe here for Tofu Bolognese.

But I felt like creating a sauce that is not only vegan and gluten-free but also free from soy and nuts. Since I am a huge fan of sunflower seeds, I had to try a sauce with those. And yes, they make a beautiful base! 🙂

This sauce is rich and flavourful, with just the right amount of herbs and spices. Feel free to add heaps of other vegetables (egg plant, zucchini, capsicum, you name it) 🙂

Please note: there is a bit of soaking involved in order to make this recipe. Please make sure you plan in the additional time.

For 4 portions you’ll need:

1 cup (150g) sunflower seeds, soak them in filtered water for at least 6 hours, then rinse and drain
10 sun-dried tomatoes (without oil, soak in filtered water for at least 3 hours, the drain
1 teaspoon coconut oil (or 2 tablespoon water for oil-free option)
1 onion, finely diced
1-2 carrots, finely chopped
2 teaspoon dried oregano (and/or dried basil & thyme)
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 teaspoon ground paprika
1 bottle (approx. 700ml) passata (pureed tomatoes)

Preparation:

1. Heat a medium sized pan with coconut oil or water. Cook the diced onion until golden brown. Then add carrots and cook for another 5 minutes.

2. In a blender or food processor, pulse the sunflower seeds to crumbles. Add to the frying pan.

Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free No-Meat Sunflower Seed Bolognese Pasta Sauce Recipe

3. Then chop or pulse the soaked sun-dried tomatoes and add to the frying pan. Sprinkle with dried oregano and stir through well.

Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free No-Meat Sunflower Seed Bolognese Pasta Sauce Recipe

4. When it has cooked for a few minutes, add minced garlic and ground paprika. Stir well and then pour in passata. Rinse the passata bottle with a little water and add to the frying pan. Bring to the boil. Done 🙂

Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free No-Meat Sunflower Seed Bolognese Pasta Sauce Recipe

Enjoy! 🙂

Please let me know what you think about this recipe, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free No-Meat Sunflower Seed Bolognese Pasta Sauce Recipe

 

Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free No Meat Sunflower Seed Bolognese Sauce Recipe

 

Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free No Meat Sunflower Seed Bolognese Sauce Recipe

2 thoughts on “No-Meat Sunflower Seed Bolognese Sauce (Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free, Nut-free)

  1. Paola Soto

    Hi! I want to start by saying I love your recipes very much, I have tried to make some of them and they are very very delicious. I was wondering if you have any suggestion for replacing the sunflower seeds, it’s been a while since I want to eat bolognese sauce without soy but sadly i’m allergic to sunflower seeds 🙁

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    1. vgmonster Post author

      Hi Paola,
      Many thanks for your kind words 🙂
      Sorry to hear you can’t have sunflower seeds. Are you OK with cashews? They would make a good alternative. Just make sure not to blend to long, blitzing them shortly will do 🙂 I hope that helps.
      All the best
      Jana

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