Okay, so I’m a life-long vegetarian and have never had traditional osso bucco, but a few years ago, I had a seitan osso bucco that was absolutely delicious and has been on my mind ever since. As seitan is pretty hard to find in Bend, OR and I shop primarily at Trader Joe’s, I wanted to experiment with meatless ground, a dehydrated pea protein alternative. So, this weekend, I bought the ingredients and came up with a recipe for an easy to make, flavorful, vegetarian osso bucco. I hope you enjoy it!

Meatless Ground Vegan Osso Bucco

This vegetarian take on osso bucco is simple, easy to make, and delicious. With all ingredients found at Trader Joe's, this is a one stop shop meal. Although sightly more time consuming than some of the other recipes on It's The Lazy Vegetarian, most of this time is cook time where the osso bucco is simmering on low on the stove. Don't be deterred!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3


  • 1 medium – large pot
  • 1 small pot
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 knife
  • 1 stirring utensil I like a good wooden spoon


  • 1 bag of meatless ground This can be found at Trader Joe's
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup smooth tomato sauce
  • 1 tube of polenta


  • Rehydrate the meatless ground according to the directions on the bag. Use the small pot for this step.
  • While the meatless ground is rehydrating, dice the onion and chop the carrots and celery.
  • Melt the butter in the pot and add the diced onion. Sauté for 5 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add the chopped carrots, celery, and 2 whole bay leaves. Sauté for another 5 minutes.
  • Slowly add 1 cup of vegetable broth and 1 cup of smooth tomato sauce.
  • Carefully add all of the meatless ground and stir together.
  • Cover and let simmer on low heat for 25 minutes or until the carrots and celery are tender.
  • Serve over warm polenta slices and add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!


If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, the meatless ground can be swapped out for seitan or similar. If you’re vegan, just use vegan butter or oil and this recipe is completely vegan. 
Keyword dinner, meatless ground, polenta

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating