Hey my Friends!
Happy National Meatball Day! Yes, it’s an actual day. I don’t know about you, but for those of you that are like me and used to eat red meat back in the day, we sometimes miss eating certain dishes. One of the dishes I miss is spaghetti and meatballs. But nowadays being a plant-based or non red meat eater does not mean you cannot eat some of your favorite meals.
So in honor of National Meatball Day, I wanted to share my quick spaghetti and meatless balls recipe.
- Whole wheat angel hair or thin spaghetti (I prefer angel hair because it’s thinner than spaghetti)
- Your favorite pasta sauce (I love Ragu Simply marinara or tomato basil)
- Tsp Extra virgin olive oil
- Italian seasoning
- Package of meatless meatballs (Whole Foods brand is my favorite ) or you can use my recipe listed below
- Parsley (optional)
In your pot of water add a teaspoon of olive oil and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil. Add the whole wheat pasta and cook for 5-6 minutes (angel hair pasta doesn’t take long to cook)
While the pasta is cooking you can add the package meatless balls to a frying pan that is lightly coated with olive oil. Once the balls are brown, add the pasta sauce and some Italian seasoning. Cover the pan and turn the heat down to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
For those of you who prefers to make your balls from scratch, this is what you’ll need:
- 1lb Plant-based ground (not the crumble)
- 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup Plant-based milk
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
In a bowl add the breadcrumbs and milk. Set aside for about 10 minutes to let the milk soak into the bread crumbs.
In another bowl mix the ground and seasoning. If you want to add a little fun to your meatless meatballs, add a tbsp of vegan parmesan cheese to the mixture.
Once the breadcrumb is soggy, smash it with your hands, then add to the ground mixture. Mix with your hands until all ingredients are together. Form the ground mixture into balls.
Add the balls to the frying pan that is lightly coated with olive oil. Cook the balls until they are brown, then add the pasta sauce, cover the frying pan and simmer for about 5 minutes.
After the meatless balls are cooked, assemble your plate and garnish with parsley (optional)