Spaghetti and Vegan Meatballs

Spaghetti and Vegan Meatballs

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Recipe Rating: 3.24123
Serves 4
Our fabulous jarred pasta sauce is the key to this meatless-meatball meal. For even more flavor, add chopped pitted olives to the meatball mixture. Let the kids help roll the meatballs.
Ingredients: 
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup roughly chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup cooked or canned black beans, rinsed, drained and divided
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 cup frozen brown rice, thawed
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 (25-ounce) jar pasta sauce
Method: 
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and spinach. Cover and cook until mushrooms are tender and spinach wilts, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a food processor, pulse sunflower seeds until coarsely ground. Add cooked vegetable mixture, half the beans, basil and oregano. Pulse until mixture is just coming together. In a large bowl, combine puréed mixture, remaining beans and rice. Stir until combined.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Form mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls and transfer to a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake meatballs until crisp on the outside, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook until tender, about 9 minutes. Drain well and return to pot. Add pasta sauce and toss until combined and heated through. Add meatballs and toss very gently to combine, taking care not to break up meatballs. Serve.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 620 calories (200 from fat), 22g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 980mg sodium, 89g carbohydrates, (12 g dietary fiber, 10g sugar), 18g protein.
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