Spaghetti and No-Meat Balls

Total Time:
50 min
25 min
25 min

4 servings, about 20 balls

  • For the meatballs:
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely diced onion
  • Pinch sea salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon and more to taste
  • 2 cups thinly sliced mushrooms, about 4 ounces
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 (14-ounce) package extra firm tofu, drained and crumbled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • For the sauce:
  • Simple and Quick Tomato Sauce, to serve, recipe follows
  • Spaghetti, to serve
  • Simple and Quick Tomato Sauce:
  • 1 (28-ounce) can organic plum tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 6 large basil leaves
Watch how to make this recipe.

In a medium skillet over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion and a pinch of salt. Cook until softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Raise the heat to high and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms have given off their juices and are lightly caramelized, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Transfer the vegetables to the work bowl of a food processor. Add the tofu, egg and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pulse to combine. Add the bread crumbs and parsley and pulse to combine again. Scrape the mixture into a bowl and season with plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

Spread the flour on a plate. Moisten your hands with water and form the tofu mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls. Lightly coat the balls in flour and put them onto a baking sheet or large plate.

In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add the balls and cook them until browned all over, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

Add the tomato sauce to the pan and simmer until the balls are firm and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite pasta.

Calories 355; Total Fat 21 g; (Sat Fat 3 g, Mono Fat 14.5 g, Poly Fat 2 g) ; Protein 16.5 g; Carb 27 g; Fiber 5 g; Cholesterol 55 mg; Sodium 1080 mg

Put all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and pulse to form a rough puree with flecks of basil.

Calories 65; Total Fat 0 g; (Sat Fat 0 g, Mono Fat 0 g, Poly Fat 0 g) ; Protein 2 g; Carb 13 g; Fiber 3.5 g; Cholesterol 2 mg; Sodium 760 mg

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