Wednesday, June 15, 2011
This is such a delicious pasta dish your whole family will love. You will create around twenty-eight meatballs with this recipe. Each person had four, so we had twelve left over. With your left over meatballs you can put them in a sandwich or crumble and use for tacos or just eat them for snacks. They are really tasty!! I used brown rice noodles since they are gluten-free and have extra fiber. I did end up using three slices of whole wheat bread to help hold the mixture together, so this recipe is not gluten-free, but you can make it gluten-free by adding gluten-free bread. This can be a quick and easy meal if you use your favorite pasta sauce. I know you will love this meal!
Vegan Spaghetti & Meatballs
1 tsp. olive oil
2 cups yellow onions, chopped (about 1 large)
1 cup Green Chili Polenta
1 Tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
1 cup walnuts, coarsely ground
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 1/4 cups cooked brown rice (1/2 cup uncooked)
1 tsp. sesame seeds (raw or toasted)
2 Tbsp. pasta sauce
3 pieces whole wheat bread (with crust removed)
salt & pepper to taste
1 package gluten-free brown rice noodles (I used Lundberg)
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
1.) Saute onions in 1 tsp. olive oil for a few minutes. Add polenta & parsley and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Turn off heat.
2.) Grind walnuts until fine.
3.) Add walnuts, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, brown rice, sesame seeds, 2 Tbsp. pasta sauce, salt & pepper and mix well.
4.) Crumble in 3 pieces of bread and mix well. Add a little more salt & pepper to taste.
5.) Roll into 28 meatballs and place on cookie sheet that has been lightly oiled.
6.) Turn oven to broil and when ready place cookie sheet with meatballs under broiler. Broil for 8 minutes until nice and brown. Turn off oven and let sheet remain in oven until remainder of meal is completed.
7.) Boil water for noodles. Once water is boiling use entire 10 oz. package and follow instructions on package. When finished drain and rinse noodles well. Place noodles back in pan to warm them.
8.) Heat pasta.
9.) To assemble: Place noodles on four plates and top with four meatballs. Add desired amount of sauce and move meatballs up out of sauce on top of noodles.
10.) Garnish with parsley and serve.