Mock Meat: Tesco Soya Mince (Bolognese Sauce)


I don’t think this is exactly new from Tesco, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it. They have a soya based mince in their frozen section. Unlike some of their soya pieces, this contains no egg so it’s suitable for vegans. I thought I’d give it a go.

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Out of the packet it looks like cooked mince. There is not much to differentiate it from Quorn mince, say. Once it’s cooked, however, I prefer it to Quorn. Something about Quorn mince always makes the sauce or gravy seem watery and thin. It didn’t happen with this soya mince, the sauce stayed reasonably thick. Texturally, it’s fine, chewy and substantial with a good mouthfeel. Tastewise – about the same as Quorn mince – nothing to write home about but not unpleasant either. A blank slate to add flavour to. If you want it to taste meaty, you’re going to have to add that umami flavour yourself.

I tried it in my Mum’s bolognese sauce recipe and it’s good.

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2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped into 5mm dice
200g soya mince
1 tsp dried oregano
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato puree
200 ml vegetable stock
1 tsp dark miso paste or 1 tsp marmite
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and add the onion and garlic.
Cook on a low heat until the onion has softened.
Add the carrots, mince, oregano, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, vegetable stock and miso paste.
Stir thoroughly and sea on with salt and pepper.
Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
Serve over the pasta of your choice with the fresh basil sprinkled over.

Serves 4


4 responses »

    • My local Tesco doesn’t stock the mince, but the big one at Guildford does, so it might be available everywhere. I like it though – it’s better than Quorn to my taste.

  1. It’s good that there’s an egg-free frozen mince available at a large supermarket now. Is it a mix of ‘wheat protein’ and soya? I find the ones with wheat protein in much tastier (better texture) than either Quorn or plain soya mince. I wonder what Tesco’s other mock meat stuff is like now; their hot dogs used to be OK but I haven’t seen or had those for forever.

    • I think it’s just pure soya. You have to be careful with some of Tescos mock meat and ‘Free From’ range – some of the latter isn’t meat-free – or at least that was the sign up at my local Tesco’s freezer cabinet.

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