Vegan Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

  • ½ onion, finely chopped

  • 150g mushrooms, roughly chopped

  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp. tomato puree

  • 1 tsp. ground smoked paprika

  • 2 tsps. fennel seeds

  • ½ tsp. dried rosemary

  • 40ml Unsweetened Almond Breeze

  • 150g tinned butter beans

  • 150g tinned green lentils

  • Small handful of fresh parsley, chopped

  • 2 tbsp. pine nuts

  • 30g gluten free breadcrumbs

  • Zest of ½ lemon

  • Good pinch of salt

  • Few twists of black pepper

  • Serve with

  • Gluten free spaghetti

  • 2 tbsps. extra virgin olive oil

  • Zest of ½ lemon

  • Juice of ½ lemon

  • Small handful fresh basil leaves

  • Small handful fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

  • 2 tbsp. pine nuts, toasted

  • Few twists of black pepper

Vegan Meatballs

Whip up these delicious vegan meatballs this Veganuary. Made with a blend of mushrooms, lentils, butterbeans, herbs, spices and Unsweetened Almond Breeze. Serve with a lemony spaghetti and lots of fresh basil and flat leaf parsley.

Directions

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and roughly chopped mushrooms and sauté for 15 minutes, stirring regularly, until the onion is translucent, and mushrooms have cooked.

Add the garlic, tomato puree, paprika, fennel seeds and dried rosemary to the pan. Continue to cook, stirring the puree and herbs through the onions and mushrooms, for a couple of minutes.

Remove from the heat and tip the mushroom mixture into a food processor. Pour in the Unsweetened Almond Breeze and add the drained butter beans, green lentils, fresh parsley, pine nuts, breadcrumbs, lemon zest and seasoning. Pulse until combined but not completely smooth as the balls need to retain some texture.

Roll a tablespoon of mixture into a ball and place on a plate. Repeat with the remaining mixture and then put the balls in the fridge to chill for 40 minutes. Or prepare them the day before and leave to chill in the fridge overnight.

Heat a little oil in a large frying pan and fry the vegan meatballs for 8-10 minutes, turning often, until they are brown and a little crispy on the outside.

Meanwhile, cook your chosen pasta. Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water. Add the pasta to a large pan and toss together with the reserved cooking water, a good couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, juice and zest of lemon and black pepper.

Serve with the vegan meatballs, fresh basil leaves and flat leaf parsley and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts.

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