One-Pot Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese

One-Pot Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese has to be one of the best camping meals to enjoy with a beer or wine at the end of the day. With the advent of veggie ground round it's easy to create a vegetarian bolognese that even the ardent meat eater can enjoy.
The beauty of this recipe is that it only needs one pot so less washing up. You can even prepare ingredients in advance although it's best to cook the pasta fresh.
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4 Campers


  • Large saucepan


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups root vegetables (carrots, parsnip, etc)
  • Fresh thyme (3 sprigs)
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • Salt
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 pkt Original Veggie Ground Round
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 12 oz bucatini (broken in half)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan (extra for sprinkling)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley


  • Do this at the campsite or save time by preparing in advance the onion, garlic, root vegetables, thyme, celery and pinch of salt.
  • Heat the olive oil in the large saucepan over medium-high heat and add the onion etc mix. Stir occasionally and cook for about 5 minutes or until soft.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir to coat, about one minute.
  • Add the veggie ground round plus pinch of salt and pepper. Break up the veggie mince and cook for a few minutes. This is usually a bit quicker than with beef.
  • Add canned tomatoes, 2 cups of water and pinch of salt ( you can prepare this in advance) add to the pot and then add the Bucatini. Make sure the pasta is submerged in liquid. Bring to the boil and stir regularly to stop the food sticking to the pan.
  • It takes about 10 to 12 minutes for the sauce to thicken and the pasta should be nicely cooked. If you like your pasta soft add a few minutes to the cooking time.
  • Remove the sprigs of thyme and stir in the parsley and Parmesan before serving.
  • Have extra Parmesan and parsley so your fellow campers can sprinkle extra on their meal. Nice up-market touch.


Using veggie ground round in place of beef mince results in the cooking being a little quicker.
Bucatini is the best option but any quality spaghetti will work well.
As with all the recipes on this site ingredients should be readily available from Walmart, Costco or your local supermarket. No chasing around multiple specialist food out lets.
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