Pasta meatball recipe - Meatless meatball recipe - vegetarian meatball recipe - Pasta recipes - Kids friendly recipe

Meatball without meat? Yes but in this, you will not miss meat at all. During my growing up days, I am not exposed to pasta till I am in Singapore (after my marriage). My mum does maggie once in a while. Nowadays she has learned to make super delicious pasta. I have referred to many blogs for the recipe in the end I have come up with my own. The combination of Mushroom, chickpea really makes it high in protein. you can make the mixture the previous day or leave it in the fridge for 5-6 hrs. This can be served with your favorite pasta. I have served with spaghetti. This is perfect for the kids or teenage kids

Ingredients

For Meatballs
Mushroom - 250g
cooked chickpeas - 1 cup
Onion - 1/2 (finely chopped)
garlic - 1 tablespoon (finely chopped)
Quick-cooking oats - 1/2 cup
Parsley - 1 tablespoon
pepper powder - 1/2 teaspoon
olive oil - 1 tablespoon
Oregano - 1 teaspoon
Mixed Italian spices - 1 teaspoon
bread crumbs - 1/4 cup
paprika - 1 teaspoon (adjust to your spice level)
Cheddar cheese - 1/4 cup
Butter - 1 teaspoon
salt to taste

For Sauce
Pasta sauce - 250g
Tomato puree - 100g
Tomato paste - 2 tablespoon
Mixed Italian herb - 1 teaspoon
Garlic - 1 tablespoon (finely chopped)
Olive oil - 1 tablespoon
Carrot - 1 (chopped)
Parsely - 1 tablespoon


For Serving
Spaghetti - 1 pocket
Butter - 1 teaspoon


Method:

Let's do the Meatball Heat a teaspoon of oil. Add garlic, onion, salt fry till transparent. 
Add pepper powder, mixed Italian herbs, Oregano. Mix well. Add chickpea. Mix well. Remove it let it cool down

Grind to a coarse paste Keep it aside

Heat rest of oil. Add mushroom. cook till slight brown. Add butter. cook for 3 more mins in low flame
Add grounded paste, quick-cooking oats, pepper powder, paprika, oats, bread crumbs. Mix well. Adjust salt if needed.  cook for another 2 mins

adds cheese mix well. Switch it off. Let it cool down. make small ball. keep it in the fridge for 5-7 hrs

Preheat oven at 180 degrees. Take small lemon size balls and arrange it in a baking tray (lined with a baking sheet).
Bake it at 180degrees for 10-12 mins or till sides are browned. Remove it and keep it aside
Cook spaghetti/pasta as per instruction. Reserve cooked water for the sauce

Let's do the sauce. Heat oil, add garlic. Fry till slight brown color. Add carrot, salt and fry for a min
Add tomato puree, Tomato paste, Pizza sauce required water/ vegetable broth or cooked pasta water. Add mixed Italian spices and mix well. Let it cook for 5-7 mins. Add meatballs and cook for another 2 mins. Add parsley & switch it off
Let's Assemble.  Heat Butter and add cooked pasta mix well. Take a serving plate and arrange pasta/ spaghetti pour meat sauce on top.
Enjoy!

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