Vegetarian Meatballs & Spaghetti


I love a good hearty and filling spag bowl, especially with vegetarian meat balls! It’s such a comfort food classic and it’s a perfect meal to make on a busy weeknight. Better yet, if you want to make the meatballs from scratch, you can make them on the weekend so all you have to do is cook some spaghetti and sauce when dinner time rolls around. Either way, I think this recipe will become a staple in your home like it has ours. We love it!

For this particular dish (pictured), I used the ready made soya Quorn meat balls as this was a quickest option for a weekday meal (also a great sauce of protein), however  I have also included my vegan meatballs recipe below as well! So you have both options depending on time!

Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti (whole wheat/ thick noodles)
  • Arrabiata sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh ground garlic (lots in my opinion)
  • Salt/Black Pepper/Red pepper chili flakes
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Fresh cilantro/ coriander
  • Green chilies (optional)
  • If you are making the meatballs: soaked chickpeas/can of chickpeas, ground flax, breadcrumbs, natural yeast, cilantro/coriander/parsley and spices mentioned above

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How to make Easy Vegetarian/Vegan Meatballs?

Basically, you ground the flax/ water mixture, process (or mash) your chickpeas, mix in some breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, spices and salt, roll into balls and bake for a half hour. While they bake, prepare your noodles and spaghetti sauce.

Cooking Instructions with veggie meatballs from scratch (45 mins)

  1. In a large pan, add water, salt and a few drops of olive oil and put on medium heat. Add your spaghetti, stir and let it cook (8-12 minutes).
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the ground flax and 8 tablespoons water. Let sit for 5 minutes while you prepare the chickpeas.
  4. In a food processor  add the chickpeas and pulse until there are almost no whole beans left. If you do not have a food processor, you can mash them by hand with a potato masher. Add the processed chickpeas to the large bowl with the flax/water mixture.
  5. Now add your spices and breadcrumbs (salt, pepper, garlic, yeast, chili powder, coriander/cilantro (optional) to bowl and stir well with a large wooden spoon.
  6. Roll into balls (about a heaping tablespoon) and place on a greased baking sheet.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, turning about halfway through.
  8. While the meatballs are baking, prepare the sauce – I sautéed garlic in olive oil, cherry tomatoes, parsley/coriander/cilantro and added a jar arrabbiata sauce with the addition of salt, pepper and red pepper chili flakes.
  9. Once the spaghetti is cooked, remove the water and drain.
  10. Once the meatballs are cooked in the oven (golden brown color), add them to your sauce and mix well.
  11. Add the spaghetti noodles to the meat balls sauce and stir.
  12. Add fresh cherry tomatoes and parsley for garish. Serve with crusty bread and a salad if desired. Garnish with parsley.

Cooking Instructions with soya Quorn meatballs (10-15 mins)

  1. In a large pan, add water, salt and a few drops of olive oil and put on medium heat. Add your spaghetti, stir and let it cook (8-12 minutes).
  2. Next prepare the sauce – sauté garlic in olive oil, parsley, cilantro/coriander, cherry tomatoes, and the Quorn meatballs
  3. Next and added a jar arrabbiata sauce with the addition of salt, pepper and red pepper chili flakes. Let it cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Once the spaghetti is cooked, remove the water and drain.
  5. Add the spaghetti noodles to the meat balls sauce and stir.
  6. Add fresh cherry tomatoes and parsley for garish. Serve with crusty bread and a salad if desired. Garnish with parsley.

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