Fable Bolognese

Bold Flavours your nonna would approve of 

Slowly simmered flavour sensation with a good story. Who could say no?

1 May, 2020 | Recipes | 12 comments

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 2-4 hours
Serves: 2 People

The story of our beef Bolognese flavoured mushroom meat starts with a hopeless romantic hippie from Mullumbimby named Ziggy, his date, and a pet cow. Stay with me.

Wanting to impress his new non-vege eating queen, Ziggy consulted Frank – his beloved pet cow – on what to cook. Frank, always sprouting pearlers of wisdom while chewing on strands of ryegrass, reminded him of the fact everyone who eats meat, can’t get past a spag bol. Not one to support the chowing down on his mates, Frank also reminded him of the endless mushroom varieties in the field nearby, which to no surprise, Ziggy was familiar with a few of them, and the fact these sneaky vegetables can easily be made to into the Bolognese he seeks.

Frank also informed Ziggy of the magical sides of the mycelium varieties that he’d not yet consumed – their incredible nutrition, the power to cure disease, restore gut flora, balance ecosystems, and not to mention, the ability to taste like beef Bolognese. Ziggy then began tirelessly combing non-hallucinogenic mushies, herbs, and other Italian flavours, until he reached another high – peak plant-based meat enlightenment.

And his queen? Well, let’s just say she reached a peak of her own. Frank? Well, he got a job on our advisory board.

And the moral of the story? Good food is the conduit to a successful relationship, and cows like Frank should most definitely be seen and herd.

Fable. Good Story x


  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 250g Fable pieces thawed, and diced into 5-7mm pieces
  • 2 medium onions diced
  • 6 cloves garlic chopped
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 large 750g jar passata OR 2 400g tins of diced italian tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 ½  tablespoon dried oregano
  • Salt, black pepper and extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • Spaghetti, Fettucini or Linguini of your choice

Optional extras
Parmesan and fresh basil for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in heavy bottomed pot over highest heat, brown the Fable pieces for 3-5 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside
  2. In the same pot place all the onion and garlic and cook over medium heat for 5-8 minutes until softened and browned and beginning to stick on the bottom.
  3. Add vinegar and sugar and retain at medium heat until liquid is mostly evaporated (about 5 minutes).
  4. When vinegar is mostly evaporated, add tomato, basil and oregano reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours stirring every 10 minutes to keep the sauce from sticking and burning on the bottom of the pan.
  5. When the sauce has developed a darker color and richer taste, remove the lid, add salt and pepper to your taste and then stir in the fable
  6. Reheat over medium heat for 5-10 minutes.
  7. In a seperate pot bring water to boil and cook your choice of pasta – al dente.
  8. Serve your fable bolognese (from heaven) on top of your freshly cooked pasta. Grate parmesan on top and garnish with fresh basil.

Remaining Fable Bolognese can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


  1. Alanna

    Hi there, is fable available to Perth? How can i get some in my hot little hands?

    • Fable

      Hi Alanna,
      We will be available in Woolworths in 10 days time. Hopefully one of the 600 stores will be around you and your hot little hands 😀 Let us know how you go.

      • Julia

        We made this twice now and really enjoyed it. Better the second time as I am getting used to cooking Fable to perfection without burning, and evaporating the vinegar just right. We can’t normally simmer for two hours as we get too hungry but just one hour seems to do the trick? XO Noodles were great too, but this is a winner. More great recipes please!

  2. Sarah Goodwin

    Just picked up your product in Margaret River WA Woolworths! Just thought I’d let you know : )

    • Fable

      Thank you so much for letting us know, Sarah! We’re incredibly grateful for every single purchase! Let us know how you go cooking as well. All the best!

  3. Liz Moodie

    Hi, I purchased your ‘braised beef’ on the weekend at a Woollies near me (Hampton, Vic) and have now discovered your website. My comment – query for you is – can you make your recipes more printer friendly? I’d love to print them but sans the spaces and pictures.

    • Fable

      Hi Liz, We are beyond thrilled that you have chosen to give Fable a try and that you’re finding our recipes interesting. We are working on making them more printer-friendly. We really appreciate the feedback! Keep it coming! Hope to stay in touch and see what you cook!

  4. Erin

    One of the best vegan meats I’ve had! Especially loved the spaghetti recipe, will certainly be making this again.

    • Fable

      That is so good to hear! Thank you so much for writing us. We really appreciate it! And we’ll keep posting more recipes, so feel free to check in again another time.

  5. Sarah

    We received Fable in our Dinnerly box, and we all LOVED it. My meat-loving housemate even said it was the BEST meat alternative he had ever had, and insisted we try this Bolognese recipe next <3 I wish we could get Fable in bigger, more cost effective portions through the site though 🙂

  6. Alison

    Your pizza looks wonderful but couldn’t find the recipe in the list of recipes. Are you able to provide it please? I’m hoping to buy some Fable at my local Lane Cove supermarket.


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