#BigBOSH: Super Meaty Spag Bol

For this recipe we blitz up some high-quality plant-based sausages, then brown them. Spring onions are quick to sauté, so we can make our bolognese sauce in the same time the pasta takes to cook. Absolutely ingenious, and a great way to satisfy the whole family after a long day! This dish was inspired by Ian’s family tradition of eating spag bol on a Monday night, but you can eat it any night of the week.


Serves 4

1 celery stick

1 small carrot

4 plant-based sausages

handful of thyme and/or sage leaves

1 tbsp tomato purée

½ tsp lazy garlic or ½ garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp fennel seeds

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp nutritional yeast

1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp ketchup

1 bay leaf

1 cinnamon stick

½ orange


For the spaghetti

2 tbsp fine sea salt

400g spaghetti

To serve

plant-based parmesan

extra-virgin olive oil


Large saucepan half-full of water on a high heat • Kettle boiled • Food processor • Large frying pan on a medium heat • Tongs


Blitz the bolognese mixture

Roughly chop the celery stick • Peel and roughly chop the carrot • Add both to the food processor along with the sausages and pulse until finely chopped • Add the thyme or sage leaves, tomato purée, garlic and fennel seeds and pulse a few more times

Cook the bolognese

Heat the olive oil in the frying pan • Tip in the mince mixture and stir fry for a few minutes • Add the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, nutritional yeast, chopped tomatoes, ketchup, bay leaf and cinnamon stick • Squeeze in the juice from the orange • Stir and leave to simmer while you cook the pasta

Cook the pasta

Top up the water in the pasta pan with water from the kettle • Add the salt and bring back to the boil • Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente, following the instructions on the packet

To finish

Remove the cinnamon stick and bay leaf from the bolognese and discard • Use tongs to slosh the cooked pasta into the frying pan with the sauce, bringing some of the pasta water with it as you do so • Mix everything together with the tongs, adding more pasta water to loosen, if needed • Serve with plant-based parmesan and a drizzle of good olive oil


This super meaty, super speedy BOSH! delight is a wonderfully hearty and comforting weekend treat. Why not give it a go and let us know how you get on by sharing photos of your plant-based creations on Twitter?

For more amazing plant-based recipes, check out the full BOSH! library here.



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