Spaghetti and Bean Balls

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Spaghetti and Bean Balls

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Spaghetti and Bean Balls

We’ve never really made meatballs, but this just sounded like a lot of fun. The sauce is a super quick and easy sauce. If you have a family spaghetti sauce recipe, you could use that. (In fact, we’re always looking for good spaghetti sauce recipes that we can ‘makeover’. So, if you have one – send it our way so we can play around with it.)

Ingredients

Sauce

4 cloves garlic (peeled and pressed)

3 large tomatoes (cut into quarters)

1 can tomato paste (save 2 Tbsp back for the bean balls)

1 tsp coconut oil

¼ tsp thyme

¼ tsp oregano

½ tsp dulse

¼ tsp black pepper

Spaghetti

1 package whole wheat spaghetti

Bean Balls

2 cloves garlic (peeled and pressed)

¼ tsp lemon (zested)

2 15 oz cans kidney beans (drained and rinsed)

2 Tbsp tomato paste (saved from can sauce)

½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs

¼ cup nutritional yeast

2 Tbsp liquid amino

2 Tbsp coconut oil

½ tsp oregano

¼ tsp thyme

Instructions

  1. Gather your ingredients and pre-heat oven to 375.
  2. Quarter the tomatoes and add all the sauce ingredients (except for garlic and coconut oil) into a food processor and pulse until consistency you like.
  3. In a sauce pan over medium heat, sauté the garlic in coconut oil for 1-2 mins.
  4. Add sauce, cover and reduce heat to low.
  5. Measure and prepare all the bean ball ingredients.
  6. Place beans in large bowl and mash with potato masher until most beans are mashed.
  7. Add the remaining bean ball ingredients and mix well with a fork.
  8. Start to heat up your spaghetti water.
  9. While that is heating up, spray a baking sheet and spray with coconut oil and form your bean mixture into small balls (about the size of a walnut). Place them on the baking sheet.
  10. Spray bean balls with coconut oil and bake for 15 min and flip over and cook for another 10 min (or until they look done).
  11. After you flip the bean balls that would be a good time to start cooking the pasta (your water should be boiling).
  12. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add sauce, bean balls, and gently stir.

Comments

  1. Lauren Lanni says

    I would say to serve an extra small portion of this. We used brown rice pasta and the bean balls were great – but the pasta was really starchy.

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